Hi Felice - and Johannes,
What a wonderful post, Felice - as always. Nobody ever needs
to post on the subject again. Your advice was so all
encompassing that it is almost presumptuous to add a word.
However, I will endorse particularly the recommendations for
San'Antimo, for the enoteca in Siena, restaurant La Chiusa
in Montefollonico, and Cibreo in Florence - which actually
passes the real test for a restaurant. Quite a few years
ago, I had dinner there alone and had a great evening! (The
other really memorable dining alone experience was a hugely
extravagant lunch at Robuchon (Paris) in the new premises,
just after they opened. Alas, no more such experiences!)
A few additional points:
On the Arezzo antique markets - I believe they are open on
the first Sunday of the month. Certainly that was the case.
Maybe one of the locals can confirm that it is still
correct? And don't forget to book for the Legend of the True
Cross frescoes in the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo.
Cortona too has some gorgeous pictures - and good icecream!
(Whichever anyone thinks is higher priority!)
In Pienza, try particularly the aged (stagionato) Pecorino.
Difficult to find elsewhere - and certainly, of that
quality. Just amazing.
Your post has gone into my permanent records, Felice.