Florence’s proximity to Tuscany also affords an opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience — truffle hunting. At family-owned Savini Tartufi, visitors can join truffle hunters as they venture into the woods with a dog trained to sniff out these tasty treasures. Our canine cutie, Giotto, bounded into the forest eager to forage, and before long had unearthed three rare white truffles. Not bad for a few hours work! Afterward, we feasted on a truffle-infused meal — the tagliolini pasta and fried eggs with truffle were downright knee-buckling.
Photo Credit: Savini Tartufi
Meals are truly an art form here. Sip a creative cocktail at the Fusion Bar & Restaurant at the gallery Hotel Art, and enjoy an Asian-style dinner in the glass-enclosed restaurant. Honeymooners shouldn’t miss the Hotel Lungarno’s elegant, uber-romantic Borgo San Jacopo restaurant and its mouthwatering risotto with trout eggs and truffles. Be sure to order dessert: Chef Peter Brunel prepared a chocolate feast that I’m still daydreaming about. About 30 minutes from Florence, the Michelin-starred Osteria di Passignano restaurant is located in an ancient abbey founded in 395 A.D. Delight in exquisite dishes like red prawns stuffed with cod and veal sirloin topped with zucchini.
Photos courtesy of Lungarno Collection