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The farm market in Piazza Duomo runs on the second Sunday. You'll be able to find all the gorgeous organic food from the region here.
© Stefano Cannas / Fondazione Sitema Toscana

Local food

San Gimignano features an excellent range of good restaurants

Italy has an excellent reputation for food, and here in Tuscany, and San Gimignano in particular, you'll find that it's well deserved. If you are looking for somewhere to have a lovely meal and a romantic evening, there are many options.

You can choose the countryside or the historical centre, but everywhere you'll be able to taste the local products and enjoy extra virgin olive oil with the local bread Pane Toscano, or cheese, ham and salami. You have to be slow to understand how important food is in the local culture.

Pane Toscano is an unsalted bread common in Tuscany. The lack of salt allows the flavor of the wheat to shine. – © fugzu / Flickr
Pane Toscano is an unsalted bread common in Tuscany. The lack of salt allows the flavor of the wheat to shine. – © fugzu / Flickr

You can also take a cooking class or go to the farmers market to understand what Italians buy and cook at home. The chefs at the restaurants are always happy to talk to you about their recipes.

Remember in Italy that food has a particular rhythm: antipasto, primi (first course), secondi (main course), contorni, desserts, and wine.

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