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Via Ponte al Ramo 69, Foiano della Chiana, 52045 Arezzo, Italy.


Borgo 69 is located in the heart of Tuscany on the edge of the historic village of
Pozzo della Chiana famous for its spring waters.

Perched on the edge of the broad valley of the Chiana river, Borgo 69 commands dramatic views towards the infamous Etruscan town of Cortona of “Under the Tuscan Sun” fame. Borgo 69 is located in the Province of Arezzo between the regions of Chianti, Siena and Montepulciano, ideal for all their artistic treasures and red wines of course. Our location only 15 minutes’ drive from the main Italian arterial highway, which we don’t see or hear, positions us perfectly for those on the ‘grand Italian tour’ connecting us to Rome in 2 hours and Florence in 1 hour.


We have put together a snapshot of our most favourite towns with their
bars and restaurant on and off the beaten track.


Cortona is believed to be one or if not the oldest known settlements on the Italian peninsular, predating Roman civilization by several hundred years this town was one of the main centres of the Etruscan civilization. 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 Loggetta 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 Palazzo 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.


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. 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.


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 producers

  • 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.

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.


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