Sant Antonio


Sant Antonio on TripAdvisor and hotels own web site Sant'Antonio Country Resort, originally a Franciscan Monastery dating back to the 12th century. Sant'Antonio Country Resort is divided into 5 separate buildings, surrounded by 4 hectares of gardens on different levels, over a kilometre of bay leaf hedges, olives groves and centenarian trees with spacious terra cotta terraces allowing for privacy and wonderful views of the Valdichiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno on one side of the property and the famous rolling hills of Tuscany on the other, allowing you to spend your vacation with us in total relaxation and to experience a real country life feeling in Tuscany.

Whilst in the area we were able to cover most of the small town and countryside from Sienna to Orvietto

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El Leccio in Montalcino. We enjoyed an open air lunch here washed down with a bottle of Brunello - what else are you going to drink in Montalcino? The restaurant was busy, so you did have to pick you time to arrive in order to get a table both in the shade and with a view over the square, and out of the flight path of waiters. We had a couple of tours round the town and ate late in order to get the right spot. The food is of a good quality, and their local wines are exceptionally fairly priced. I cannot remember the exact figure, but I think it was their wine shop price plus 5€ for anything from the hundreds that they had on their list. Call be an old romantic, but sitting in a square in Montalcino eating good food and enjoying a bottle of Brunello is a wonderful memory to carry away with me.

La Terrazza del Chiostro in Pienza. We had lunch here one day in July. Pienza is a nice town to stroll through, and we visited it a number of times in our 2 week stay in Tuscany. We were attracted to this place by the wonderful view over the surrounding valley and hills. You can sit under a sun umbrella and enjoy the experience. We had no problems with the staff, in fact I found them perfectly charming (and I do not speak Italian). The food was of a high quality, the pasta was cooked to perfection with a delicious sauce. It is not the place to come to if you want mounds of low quality food. This is tasty food, and the portions are correct in size. Having run a restaurant myself, I know that some guests feel that overeating is part of the plot, but for me a nicely balanced meal is what I want

Cortona, Pozzo Atico. We visited Pozzo Atico on a day trip to Cortona. Came upon it by accident, when trying to find an agreeable restaurant away from the main tourist drag - you need to seek it out. We ate in the courtyard, which has a particularly realistic mural of a Cortona Street on one wall. Apart from a superb quality meal, we were entertained to a lengthy discussion with Paola when we had finished. We operate Spanish lunchtimes (they eat late in Spain) so by the time we had finished, all the other clients had left. The value for money was good, so all in all if you are in Cortona, do look out for this restaurant

So that's Tuscany seen to, its off north now to France and the UK. Chambery in the Alps was our overnight stop on the way to the Marne and Champagne Area of France

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