Where to Eat in Italy

The entrance to the restaurant at Il Falconiere.

People often ask me where to eat in Italy. This isn’t as easy of a question to answer as you might think. While Italy is one of the world’s great culinary destinations, I’ve had a lot of disappointing and frankly forgettable meals there. Italian Michelin star restaurants, in particular, have left me wanting. It’s possible to stumble upon an incredible meal, but more often than not you find yourself famished so you stop at a little trattoria. The proscuitto and melon is good and the setting, like sitting at a cafe on the Piazza del Campo in Sienna, makes the food taste better than it actually is. Continue reading “Where to Eat in Italy”

Five Instagram Worthy European B&Bs

A guest room at Maison Collongue.
A guest room at Maison Collongue, where designer bath products are made just for the B&B.
One of my favorite types of accommodation is a good bed and breakfast. They’re affordable, you will most likely get to meet the owner (and pick their brain about the destination) and breakfast is included. This doesn’t mean I like all B&Bs. I can’t stand the kitchsy ones decorated with doilies, rocking chairs and porcelain dolls but recently I’ve stayed in five bed and breakfasts in different parts of Europe that have the sleek sense of a design hotel and even luxury amenities like designer bath products, mini refrigerators and rainfall showers. Continue reading “Five Instagram Worthy European B&Bs”

Poggio Piglia

The vanishing edge pool at Poggio Piglia

It took 7 years to turn this old tuscan farm house into a hotel, but the attention to detail paid off. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to pick as a base while you explore southern Tuscany. Poggio Piglia maintains the beauty of the original structure while the interior and grounds infuse it with elegance and modernity. The vanishing edge pool, which overlooks the countryside, is stunning. Imma, the hotel’s concierge, provided us with some of the best service we’ve ever had at a hotel including making restaurant reservations and printing out directions on how to get everywhere. The guestrooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with rustic, yet modern furniture. After braving small, antiquated bathrooms at most hotels in Italy you’ll scream with delight when you see Poggia Piglia’s large modern ones. Starting at 135 euros a night, the room rates are extremely reasonable for a place of this caliber.

Frazione Macciano

53043 Chiusi (SI)

39 0578 274286