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DANI AND DAVE'S WEDDING

October, 2012 in San Francisco
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Ceremony: Rocca di Castagnoli
Reception: Ristorante Il Celliere a Castagnoli

Restaurant:

Enoteca Ristorante il Gallo Nero - Restaurant - Via Cesare Battisti, 9, Greve in Chianti, FI, Italy

Enoteca Ristorante il Gallo Nero

Via Cesare Battisti, 9
Greve in Chianti, FI, Italy

"The wine bar-restaurant, Gallo Nero, is found in the charming town of Greve in Chianti, just off the main square, Piazza Matteoti, in the heart of the world famous Tuscan area renowned for its fine wines, not by chance known as the “ wine road “, due to the centuries old association with the production of the best Chianti wine. In a traditional but charming and stylish ambience, you can chose from typical Tuscan dishes, appetising starters, toasted breads and individually selected cuts of meat, cooked on the open wood fire, naturally all accompanied by the best wine Chianti has to offer. Savour the distinctive flavours of fine quality Tuscan meat including spiced sausages and the famous traditional Florentine steak, toasted breads enriched with locally produced Extra Virgin olive oil, grilled local cheeses and homemade pasta made daily, all of which adhere to the traditional methods of Florentine cooking and use only the best and the freshest local ingredients."

Restaurant:

Il Papavero Di Rauggi R. Snc - Restaurant - Località Barbischio, 15, Gaiole in Chianti, SI, Italy

Il Papavero Di Rauggi R. Snc

Località Barbischio, 15
Gaiole in Chianti, SI, Italy

"This is a real hidden gem of a restaurant which we stumbled across in the Chianti hills, and enjoyed an enormous T-Bone steak on a stormy night. The owner is very friendly - a Jazz buff which went down very well with Anonymous! To quote from the website - In the ancient hamlet of Barbischio, located in the hills of the Chianti district, there is the restaurant osteria "Il Papavero" that overlooks the village of Gaiole in Chianti. In the tiny historical centre, and important marketplace in the area up until the 12th century, there is still an ancient tower for the defence of the hamlet, now restored. The charming stone building, a shop in ancient times, has maintained its warmth and its friendly atmosphere in the rustic style of the interior and the traditional food served there. The rough stone walls of the interior are the background for the colourful paintings by Franco Innocenti. The pleasures of the food along with the charming works of art, in the splendid Chianti countryside, create a very pleasant and memorable experience for diners"

Restaurant:

Le Contrade - Restaurant - Via Leonardo da Vinci, Gaiole in Chianti, Toscana, 53013

Le Contrade

Via Leonardo da Vinci
Gaiole in Chianti, Toscana 53013

"Another lovely restaurant close to Rocca. We discovered this whilst out on a walk and decided to drive there for a meal the same evening. We were not disappointed. The flaming pasta makes for an entertaining service!"

Restaurant:

Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti - Restaurant - Via Esterna di Fontebranda 114, Siena, Tuscany, 53100, Italy

Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti

Via Esterna Fontebranda, 118
Sienna,, Italy

"This is completely off the beaten track as far as Siena goes, and we would never have stumbled upon this hidden gem, but for the shining Tripadvisor reviews. The food is excellent (especially the pasta) and the prices are very reasonable. The owner, Britta, is very charming and a great hostess. Make sure you take a map (the one on the website is probably best) as it's not the easiest location to find when walking from the centre of Siena."

Restaurant:

Ristorante La Grotta - Restaurant - Via di San Biagio, 15, Montepulciano, SI, Italy

Ristorante La Grotta

Via di San Biagio, 15
Montepulciano, SI, Italy

"Highly recommended! La Grotta creates a balance between traditional Tuscan cooking and a passion for culinary innovation. David and Cristina, the brother and sister team who run the restaurant, enhance the renowned local produce with the creative flair and rigour of dedicated artisans. The style and menu of La Grotta broaden the horizons of the local food and wine heritage, allowing the restaurant to make its own mark, seducing the palate and creating new taste experiences."

Restaurant:

Ristorante La Perla Del Palazzo - Restaurant - Chiasso dei Portici, 8, Radda in Chianti, Italy

Ristorante La Perla Del Palazzo

Chiasso dei Portici, 8
Radda in Chianti,, Italy

"We had a fabulous lunch in this restaurant, and Anonymous still raves on about his pasta 'saffron infused' risotto! The outside seating area is perfect for spending a long lunch with a glass (or two) of Chianti Classico on a sunday day."

Restaurant:

Ristorante Malborghetto - Restaurant - Via Monteluco, 4, Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Ristorante Malborghetto

Via Monteluco, 4
Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

"This is a great little restaurant which is very close to Rocca. The owner/manager is extremely friendly and the menu is extensive."

Restaurant:

Ristorante Podere Le Vigne - Restaurant - Località Podere Le Vigne, Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Ristorante Podere Le Vigne

Località Podere Le Vigne
Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

"Although we didn't make it to this restaurant during our last trip, we have heard very good things. The restaurant is lcoated only 700 metres from the lovely old town of Radda in Chianti. It is right in the centre of a Chianti vineyard, in a charming and elegant setting with beautiful views."

Restaurant:

Ristoro Di Lamole - Restaurant - Via Lamole, 6, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Ristoro Di Lamole

Via Lamole, 6
Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

"We spent a lovely sunny afternoon dining on the terrace of this very picturesque restaurant. It's quite an effort to get to the restaurant along the long and winding roads, but well worth the trip! Great wine list too..."

Attraction:

Il Duomo - Attraction - Via dei Fusari, 19, Sienna, Tuscany, Italy

Il Duomo

Via dei Fusari, 19
Sienna, Tuscany, Italy

"A spectacular gothic cathedral with an elaborately carved exterior: considered by many to be one of the most beautiful churches in Italy."

Attraction:

Piazza del Campo - Attraction - Piazza Il Campo, 1, Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Piazza del Campo

Piazza Il Campo, 1
Siena, Tuscany, Italy

"Siena's main square is the site of the famous Palio horse races that take place in July and August"

Attraction:

Piazza della Signoria - Attraction - Piazza della Signoria, Firenze, Tuscany, IT

Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria, 5
Florence, Tuscany, Italy

"Since its beginning during the Middle Ages, the Piazza della Signoria has been the political heart of the city of Florence"

Attraction:

San Gimignano - Attraction - San Gimignano Sienna, San Gimignano, Tuscany, IT

San Gimignano

San Gimignano Sienna
San Gimignano, Tuscany, IT

"San Gimignano was founded as a small village in the 3rd century BC by the Etruscans. It's all very interesting, but remember not to miss out on the Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum (see pictures on the wedding map).... Back to the serious part - historical records begin in the 10th century, when it adopted the name of the bishop Saint Geminianus, who had defended it from Attila's Huns. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, it was a stopping point for Catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome and the Vatican, as it sits on the medieval Via Francigena. The city's development also was improved by the trade of agricultural products from the fertile neighbouring hills. In 1199, during the period of its highest splendour, the city made itself independent from the bishops of Volterra. Divisions between Guelphs and Ghibellines troubled the inner life of the commune, which nonetheless, still managed to embellish itself with artworks and architectures. The city flourished until 1348, when the Black Death that affected all of Europe compelled it to submit to Florence. San Gimignano became a secondary centre untilthe 19th century, when its status as a touristic and artistic resort began to be recognised."

Winery:

Agricola Monterinaldi S.R.L. - Winery - Località Lucarelli, Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Agricola Monterinaldi S.R.L.

Località Lucarelli
Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

"The Castle of Monterinaldi settlement, in the commune of Radda in Chianti, in the heart of the oldest historical area of the Chianti Classico, is situated near an ancient Etruscan route. As regards the history of this ancient place, a document written in December 1010, refers to "Count Gottifredo Gottizio, of Lombardic descent and Lord of Monterinaldi." The castle stood until 1268, when the Sienese, following the victory of the battle of Montaperti, destroyed its boundary walls, the main tower and the three house of the castle. Due to the last destruction during the World War II, only a part of it is still standing surrounded by some ancient houses. The castle of Monterinaldi is at present the center of the homonymous farm whose wine-making activity is based at the La Pesanella, not far from the castle. The Agricola Monterinaldi, property of the Ciampi family since 1961, is one of the most modern farms in the wine testing sector. Details of wine tastings are available on the website."

Winery:

Agriturismo Castello di Verrazzano - Winery - Località San Martino in Valle, 12, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Agriturismo Castello di Verrazzano

Località San Martino in Valle, 12
Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

"At Castello di Verrazzano it is possible, with several kind of programmes, to take guided tours of the historical but still working cellars. During the visit, strolling in the late-Reinassance gardens of the Villa, you will discover the great history of the Navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano and have the chance to see the wild boar bred in the surrounding woods. The tours are always completed with a guided tasting of classic wines, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Vin Santo (Holy Wine) together with the traditional almond biscuits."

Winery:

Barone Ricasoli spa Agricola - Winery - Località Brolio, Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Barone Ricasoli spa Agricola

Località Brolio
Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

"Ricasoli is the oldest winery in Italy, the second oldest in the world according to the leading American magazine Family Business. We didn't actually get a chance to visit during our stay over the summer, but are big fans of their wine and will certainly be booking ourselves onto a tour in October. Today it is the largest winery in the Chianti Classico area: Brolio Castle, where Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Chianti formula in 1872, is surrounded by 1,200 hectares in the communes of Gaiole and Castelnuovo Berardino. Valleys, hills, woods of oak and chestnut trees, 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 hectares of olive groves, all enjoying the beauty and the wide variety of soils and climate in this central Chianti area. Full details of the wine tours and restaurant are available on the website."

Winery:

Hotel & Wine Resort Villa Dievole - Winery - Loc Vagliagli Via del Taglio, Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI), Italy

Hotel & Wine Resort Villa Dievole

Loc Vagliagli Via del Taglio
Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI),, Italy

"A wine tasting tour of approximately one hour will be provided. The staff will accompany guests to the wine cellar to taste the Dievole wines and enjoy delicious snacks. The next stop on the tour will be a small church where the original 1090 contract is kept, and will end with a technical oenologic demonstration of their wines."

Winery:

MsnRelais Rocca di Castagnoli - Gaiole Chianti - Winery - Località di Castagnoli, Gaiole in Chianti, SI, Italy

MsnRelais Rocca di Castagnoli - Gaiole Chianti

Località di Castagnoli
Gaiole in Chianti, SI, Italy

Winery:

Ristorante di Poggio Antico - Winery - Località Poggio Antico, Montalcino, Italy

Ristorante di Poggio Antico

Località Poggio Antico
Montalcino,, Italy

"The winery is open for visits year-round, seven days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, holidays included. Appointments are much appreciated, as they allow the winery to provide the very best service to its guests. Upon request, it is possible to arrange a cellar tour prior to your dinner at the "Ristorante di Poggio Antico". There is no charge whatsoever for the cellar tour, but there is a small charge for tastings."

Winery:

Sovestro in Poggio Winery - Winery - Località Sovestro, San Gimignano, Tuscany, 53037

Sovestro in Poggio Winery

Località Sovestro
San Gimignano, Tuscany 53037

"Great for tasting wine and other local Tuscan produce. Large parking area for cars, campers and busses. From Sovestro in Poggio you can reach San Gimignano in just 15 minutes along an old trail. Sampling the local produce is by reservation only by calling the company directly on 0577 907209"

Winery:

Villa Vignamaggio  - Winery - Località Petriolo, 5, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, 50022, IT

Villa Vignamaggio

Via Petriolo, 5
Greve in Chianti, FI, Italy

"The spirit of Mona Lisa fills the air at Vignamaggio, an extraordinary 14th century villa just outside Greve in Chianti. Sheltered by forbidding cypresses, the house—which was the setting for Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing in 1993—was first built by the Gherardini family in the late Middle Ages. One of their descendants, Lisa Gherardini, daughter of Vignamaggio owner Anton Maria and wife of Florentine notable Francesco del Giocondo, is the most likely model for Leonardo’s enigmatic painting. If so, the young Mona Lisa must have certainly taken her first steps among the vineyards that surround the Chianti villa. Because, whether or not the Gherardini girl was the famous Mona, there is no doubt that Vignamaggio was making wine at the time. A scroll dating from 1404—about a hundred years before Leonardo painted Mona Lisa—already speaks of wine held in barrels at the estate. Today, the vines cover 52 hectares of the villa’s 140. Most of the land is planted with Sangiovese, the Chianti’s traditional variety, and some with Cabernet Franc. Vignamaggio produces mostly Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Vinsanto, with one of the Riservas aptly named Castello di Monna Lisa (Mona Lisa’s Castle). Visitors can take a tour of the winery and visit Vignamaggio’s extensive, beautifully formal Italian gardens before tasting some of the estate’s wines. Bottles, as well as locally-produced olive oil and grappa, are available for sale in the shop. Vignamaggio also offers top-level agriturismo-style accommodation in cottages around the estate. And for guests who’d rather bathe in wine than drink it, there is a selection of grape therapy treatments at the wellness centre. Winery visits should be booked via email (degustazioni@vignamaggio.com), phone (+39 055 854 6624 or +39 055 854 6653) or fax +39 055 854 6676). For more information, visit the website."

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