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Near the Borgo: exploring Tuscany

Discover Tuscany along country lanes, over rolling hills, and in Medieval villages: from Borgo Lucignanello you can easily reach Siena, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, Cortona and Pienza. And if you'd like to treat yourself to a bit of shopping, head to the large outlet malls with the biggest names in Italian fashion.

We have suggestions for restaurants in all the surrounding towns and villages where we love to sample authentic Tuscan cuisine.

Siena

Siena: Medieval splendor

Siena is located about 45 minutes from Borgo Lucignanello by car. The streets and lanes in the historic center all circle around the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo where the Palio is held twice each summer.
Don't miss the Duomo, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Italy with masterpieces by Donatello, Bernini, Michelangleo, and Nicola Pisano, and the Santa Maria della Scala complex, one of the first hospitals in the western world and now an important museum of art history and archaeology.

Recommended restaurants

  • L'OSTERIA DEL BIGELLI
  • COMPAGNIA DEI VINATTIERI
  • LA TAVERNA DI S. GIUSEPPE
  • OSTERIA LA SOSTA DI VIOLANTE
San Giovanni d'Asso - Toscana

San Giovanni d'Asso, capital of white truffles

This is the main town of which Lucignano d'Asso is an outlying village. San Giovanni d'Asso has a lovely Medieval center and famous for its white truffles.
The cellars underneath the town castle are home to the Truffle Museum, and each November there is a truffle festival where visitors can buy and sample this precious tuber.

Recommended restaurants

  • LA LOCANDA DEL CASTELLO

Nearby restaurants

  • Trequanda RISTORANTE CONTE MATTO
  • Bettolle RISTORANTE WALTER REDAELLI
  • Sinalunga LA TORAIA
Montalcino - Toscana

Montalcino, city of wine

This town is famous for its flagship Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most prestigious wines in the world. About 20 minutes from Lucignanello by car, Montalcino is encircled by a number of wineries producing Brunello open to visitors and has a pretty historic center dominated by a fortress dating to the 1300s. Along the town lanes there are a number of gourmet shops selling wine, honey, and other local specialties.

Recommended restaurants

  • PORTA AL CASSERO
  • DROGHERIA FRANCI
  • BOCCON DIVINO
  • OSTERIA LA CROCINA
San Quirico d'Orcia

San Quirico d'Orcia and the thermal springs in Bagno Vignoni

A daytrip in the Val d'Orcia, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can begin in San Quirico d'Orcia, one of the stops along the historic Via Francigena which pilgrims followed from Canterbury in England to Rome. From here, continue to Bagno Vignoni, a village which has grown up around a large thermal spring as if it were the town square. Take a relaxing dip here in the pools heated by underground volcanic springs

Recommended restaurants

  • San Quirico D'Orcia TRATTORIA AL VECCHIO FORNO
  • Bagno Vignoni LA BOTTEGA DI CACIO

Nearby restaurants

  • Castiglione d'Orcia LA CISTERNA DEL BORGO
  • Buonconvento OSTERIA LA PORTA DI SOTTO
Pienza - Toscana

Pienza, the ideal city

In just 20 minutes by car from Borgo Lucignanello, you can visit Pienza, the ''utopian city''. This town was completely rebuilt in 1400 out of the former village of Corsignano, birthplace of Pope Pious II Piccolimini, according to the urban ideals of the Renaissance and with the belief that peaceful cohabitation could be facilitated by perfect harmony in the architecture and layout.

Recommended restaurants

  • TOWNHOUSE CAFFÈ

Nearby restaurants

  • Montefollonico OSTERIA LA BOTTE PIENA
  • Montepulciano OSTERIA DELL'ACQUACHETA
  • Montichiello OSTERIA LA PORTA
Cortona - Toscana

Cortona, in the footsteps of Saint Francis

In the center of the Val di Chiana, about an hour drive from the Borgo and almost on the border with Umbria, Cortona is built over the ruins of an ancient Etruscan town. Though the town is small, it's easy to spend an entire day between the Etruscan Museum, the Sanctuary of Santa Margherita, and the Girifalco fortress.
Just outside the town walls, the Franciscan hermitage Le Celle is one of the first Franciscan communities established by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1211. Still today there is a small Franciscan community here, and visitors can view the saint's small cell.

Recommended restaurants

  • OSTERIA LA BUCACCIA
Gli Outlet in Toscana

Outlet, for luxury shopping at a bargain price

The beauty of Tuscany is in its hills, wines, and Medieval villages...but also in its fashion and design. If you love Italian style, take a day to shop at one of the large outlets featuring the best in designer labels nearby.

Less than an hour drive:

  • PRADA OUTLET
  • BRUNO CUCINELLI
  • VALDICHINA OUTLET VILLAGE
  • OUTLET THE MALL