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Poliziano is one of the more well known wines to come from this part of Tuscany, you can find it on the menu at Pizza Express and at Majestic Wines. Don’t assume that well known equals mediocre however. The award winning reds are worthy of any dinner party table and the Asinone, made from the sangiovese grape, is especially good. After a tour of the vineyard and a tasting we bought a case of the Asinone and a case of the white Ambrae, named after the title of a poem by the Italian poet Poliziano from which the vineyard takes its name, which makes nice everyday company for fish or chicken. We also bought their Vin Santo which was pricey but excellent.

The vineyard is about 15mins drive from Il Pino and worthwhile visiting . If you want a tour and a tasting, ring and book ahead as they restrict the numbers on each tour and tasting. When we went we were in the company of a restauranteur from Boston US and his family, who was looking at Poliziano wines to make up his wine list, so people seek this place out from much further afield than Il Pino! http://www.carlettipoliziano.com/eng/azienda_montepulciano.php?id_menu=2

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Alessandra runs Tuscan cooking classes in Cortona on Saturdays. It is a day class, the morning is spent in the market where she gives you top tips on good places to buy your ingredients and your learn about the food, like the steak sides in the butchers being labelled as to the cow they came from, where it was born and raised and when it was slaughtered.  Students, not the best word for a bunch of people drinking a lot of wine and having a laugh, then cook their lunch and eat it together. My husband went with two mates and learnt how to make pasta, ragú, roast potatoes in rosemary (yum), insalata di bresaola con rucola, tiramisu (it is a sin worthy of imprisonment in Italy to put cream as well as marscapone in it), and other dishes. They all enjoyed their day and went home with a book of the recipes of the dishes they made so I’m still enjoying the fruits of his “lesson” and Alessandra was great fun.  http://www.il-girasole.com/cooking.htm

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Girls take note! A great post from Aurore:

Fashionista Tour : Outlets

* Firenze outlets

Dolce & Gabbana
Località S. Maria Maddalena, 49, Pian dell’isola 50064 Incisa val d’arno
Tel : 0558331300
Monday-saturday : 9-19h
Sunday : 15-19h

The Mall (Gucci, Tod’s, Armani, La perla, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Diesel,…)
Via Europa, 8, 50066 Leccio Reggello

Prada Outlet
Via Levanella Becorpi
Localita Levanella, S.S. 69 Montevarchi
Need to take tickets to go in so need to be patient sometimes …

* Marche outlets : special for shoes as the Marche region is where most of italian shoes are produced : It is worth the trip but plan a full day as need at least  2,5 h for one way trip

Geox : Via Alpi, 200, 63014 Montegranaro
Tel : 0734893901
Very big discounts

Tod’s : Via Filippo della valle, cda brancadoro, Sant’elpidio a mare
Tel : 0734871671
More choice than Firenze outlet but same price

You have a lot for outlets in montegranaro and sant’elpidio as shoes are produce there so you can stop at any warehouse if you want or still have money left…

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A great post from Aurore:

Get Pampered : Tuscan Spas…………

Perfect during winter when pool at Il pino is closed or even during summer :

* Rapolano Terme : just 20 minutes from Il pino, expressway to Siena

– San Giovanni Terme : 53040 Rapolano Terme
Tel : 0577724030
http://www.termesangiovanni.it
Thermal swimming pool with mud for day entry (13 euro)or day-spa package with massages
They offer romantic dinner on saturday with pool until midnight

– Terme Antica Querciolaia
Tel : 0577724091
http://www.termeaq.it
Day entry 12 euro
Less mud (!) but very nice complex, pools of different temperature.
They have also a special opening during summer on tuesday until 1 am and you can also have dinner (need to make booking)

While you visit Rapolano for the Thermal pools or not, here is a GREAT restaurant in Rapolano :
Osteria Il granaio
Via dei Monaci
Tel : 0577726975
Closed on tuesday and wednesday at lunch time

* San Casciano dei Bagni : 1 h from Il Pino, A1 exit chiusi chianciano terme

– Fonteverde Spa : more luxurious than Rapolano and more expensive
Tel : 057857241
http://www.fonteverdespa.com
Tried the one day spa and it was great

Enjoy…………

From Aurore

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