Certaldo Alto and Osteria Del Vicario

Certaldo Alto is a fascinating medieval town frozen in time in the hills of the Chianti region, in a province of Florence. Reachable by funiculare (cable car), the hilltop town boasts a great view of Tuscany and all its splendor, captured poorly in this post-sunset photograph I took when I was up there for a pre-wedding dinner.

 The secluded and elevated nature of the town, plus the (near) absence of cars makes in an ideal destination for a romantic dinner or even a weekend. The colors at night were just amazing.

The Osteria Del Vicario sits among other quaint and hidden restaurants in Certaldo Alto’s cobblestone streets, a serendipitous find for the couple who were just exploring the town one day and decided to host their pre-wedding dinner there. It was an awesome meal, the highlight of which was the giant slab of melt-in-your-mouth foie gras. Now I am not a fan of liver products but this was just too good to miss.

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