Borgo 69 is located in the heart of Tuscany walking distance to the medieval
village of Pozzo
della Chiana, commanding dramatic views towards Cortona, made
famous in “Under
the Tuscan Sun”.
Borgo 69’s central Italian location is its great appeal, easily connecting us to some of Tuscany’s unmissable attractions, from the world-renowned vineyards of the area and iconic picture perfect walled hill towns, to some of the best shopping in Italy, spanning antique markets to designer outlets. Located only 15 minutes’ drive from the main Italian north-south highway (out of sight and sound) positions us perfectly for those on their ‘grand Italian tour’ connecting us by car to Rome in 2 hours and Florence in 1 hour.
We have put together a snapshot of our
most favourite towns with
bars and restaurant on and off the beaten track.
As you can imagine this compilation is forever evolving. Our staff
are on hand to advise,
and help you put an itinerary together. There is also the option to lie by the pool and soak up the sun.
Cortona is believed to be one or if not the oldest known settlements on the Italian peninsular, predating Roman civilisation by several hundred years this town was one of the main centres of the Etruscan civilisation. Today it is probably one of the most visited cities in the area as it is stunningly beautiful with fabulous views of the countryside along the medieval town walls.
Great for an Aperitivo is a bar in Cortona called Tuscher Hall, owned by Massimo and Daniela.
Pane e Vino is very good spot for lunch
Snoopy serves great gelato and even better for people watching as the square in which it sits becomes the centre of the towns night life
For dinner Il Teatro (the theatre) is elegant and casual all rolled into one with the owner’s wife having the more outrageous laugh!
You can eat outside under a renaissance loggia in the main square at La Loggietta and watch the town go by of an evening.
Now a UNESCO world heritage site, the small walled town of Pienza was built on
Renaissance humanist principles and where Pope Pius II had his home, the beautiful
Piccolomini. It also has one of the only renaissance wells in its town square.
Due to its position on the edge of the Val D’orca, it offers spectacular views across the valley to the extinct volcano of Mont Amiata, Tuscany’s highest mountain. It is well known for the local pecorino cheeses which you can sample at both Sette di Vino and Bar Il Casello where you can take in the great view.
An incredibly elegant walled town which boasts spectacular views, a wonderful renaissance
medieval main square and is well know for its “Vino Nobile” wine.
It has an old school Italian café called Caffe Polizian, good for a coffee, light lunch or tea.
At the top of the town is a beautiful square and outside the city walls lovely the S. Biagio church, both worth a visit.
Arezzo has a wealth of elegant renaissance and medieval architecture, art, shopping and restaurants. Its historic walled centre is definitely worth a visit and the town boasts a wide range of sites to see including fortresses, monuments, churches, and museums. The Church of San Francesco is probably the most famous in Arezzo, with the incredible early Renaissance fresco by Piero della Francesca.
On the first weekend of every month this historic centre plays host to Italy’s largest antique fair where literally all the towns streets are taken over by over 400 vendors.
Cioccolato di Carlo produces the best home made ice cream and chocolates in the area.
MONTE SAN SAVINO
One of the more beautiful hill top towns of the Val di Chiana region, a town well known in Italy for its antique dealers and shops, it also has several good restaurants and a stunning town hall, which if open should be explored al the way through to its garden beyond. The town is worth a visit if only to sample the delights of its ice cream parlour Bar Castiglia.
There are several good restaurants in the little walled town of Lucignano, which we feel is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. http://www.ilgoccino.it/en/
For lunch, we recommend Il Goccino (the spoon full) which crosses the wall of the town so at the front the terrace is in the rustic streets and at the back you eat above the town wall and over look the view beyond.
Out side the wall of the town for something simpler there is a small restaurant called the“La Vecchia Cisterna” (the old well). There is also a great ice cream parlour in the town and two bars on either side of the gate to the town which offers great people watching for both the natives and the foreigners alike.
FOIANO DELLA CHIANA
If it is steak your after then try Mengrello in our local town of Foiano, you
have to try the tagliata steak with rosemary and green pepper dressing our favourite -
not had a bad one in 20 years
La Lodola is a very special place run by a young husband and wife who have a
passion for cooking and entertaining. Manuela is the sommelier and Carlo is the chef and
his mother an antique dealer (you get the picture!), It is a very unique both food and
ambiance and well worth a visit.
We are lucky enough to have Carlo creating and cooking a culinary themed dinner twice
weekly at Emporio di Ines.
Stock up with some delicious local produce straight from the suppliers
- Monday - Foiano della Chiana
- Tuesday – Arezzo , Sinalunga
- Wednesday – Monte san Savino , Siena
- Thursday – Camucia (in valley below Cortona)
- Friday – Castiglion Fiorentino
- Saturday – Cortona , Arezzo
- Sunday – first Sunday of the month and the Saturday before monthly antiques market
All markets are in the mornings except the antiques market which is all weekend
Italian and international designer brands at bargain prices
PRADA Nr Montevarchi
A glorified warehouse on an industrial estate hosting the companies other brands as well like Miu Miu & Jill Sanders. You can never be entirely sure what may be in at the time of your visit but a trip rarely come back empty handed. Tips; good for suits, shoes and accessories.
THE MALL Nr Incisa
A shopping centre hosting Gucci, Armani, Sergio Rossi, Ermenegildo Zegna, Todds & Hogan around a lovely bar. D&G are near to the above. One good reason to go to the outlets is the chance to have lunch in one of the best restaurants in the area, if there’s nothing in your size then this saves the day every time!
Osteria di Rendola From Montevarchi follow the directions to Mercatale until you will see the sign for Rendola.
VAL DI CHIANA OUTLET VILLAGE Nr Foiano della Chiana
There are so many brands and different types of stores, something for everyone to suit all wallets. It is home to over 140 famous designer and brand shops and is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a variety of products: from sports to leather you will certainly find a store that fits your style.
We are perfectly situated between the
three great red wine producing
areas of Italy supplying
us with Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile and
Brunello wines. A small selection below.
AVIGNONESI WINERY, Montepulciano region – Vino Nobile wines (booking required)
Wine tour, tasting and lunch. Winery’s tours take place at the beautiful Fattoria Le Capezzine three times a day and explain the different steps in wine making, from the harvesting to the ageing process in the production of their fine Vino Nobile’s and Vin Santo. You can also enjoy the wines over a fantastic lunch in their stunning restaurant.
POGGIO ANTICO WINERY, Montalcino region – Brunello wines (booking required)
Wine tour, tasting and lunch. The winery is one of the smaller producers of the famous Brunello wines, with tours taking place at the state of the art winery twice a day including weekends. You can also lunch on site, though there is also another very good restaurant in the near by town of S.Angelo in Colle called Trattoria “Il Pozzo”.
SANTA VITTORIA WINERY, Arezzo region – (booking required)
Our local winery 5 minutes up the road producing wine from the the historic grape pugnatello and well known for its Vin Santo. A one hour tour offers a tasting and tutorial about a style of wine made at Santa Vittoria Farm, its characteristics and what went into the making of it.