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I like Italian wines best!

Posted by Rfrainey, Oct 28, 2009.

I'm lucky enough to travel often and more often than not we head to Italy. We (my wife and I) are very active hikers and runners. So we often do multi day hikes in the mountains the Alps, Dolomites etc. or run a race.

My next trip is 10 days of hiking the Haute Route in switzerland followed by 4 nights in Venice.

My favorite food is Italian, I love many of the reds of Italy


Reply by Philip James, Oct 29, 2009.

Where do you live? I've always wanted to ski/hike the Stubai Haute route...

Welcome to the site. Lots of Italian wine fans here

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Oct 29, 2009.

Hey welcome to Snooth! Sounds like 2 weeks well spent.

Reply by Rfrainey, Oct 29, 2009.

I live in Culver City,Ca. Home of Sony Studios.

Reply by rar8888, Oct 29, 2009.

Cheers! Welcome to Snooth.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 29, 2009.

Welcome to Snooth. I love those Italian wines as well. While I am in NYC my heart is in Trentino, pretty much smack in between Switzerland and Venice!

Reply by dmcker, Oct 29, 2009.

So Greg, you like all those pseudo-Italian Germans (or rather Austrians) better than the Piemontese? That's news! ;-) Have to admit there is a lot of beauty from Lago Garda up to the Dolomites...

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 29, 2009.

I have spent, in 2 and 3 month increments, some 5 or so years in Trentino. Being Sud-Tirolese, as distinct from Italian or Austrian is simply who I am!

Reply by katieellen, Oct 29, 2009.

I am going to Italy this summer... Tuscany/Florence area - what are the best spots I should go around there?

Reply by Rfrainey, Oct 30, 2009.

If it's your first trip many people get really excited and go way too fast. It is much better to go slowly. what is your total number of days and do you intend to go anywhere but Tuscany? Some will say Florence that deserves 3 days nonsense- If you lived there you would never see everything! Florence as base with daytrips to Siena (convienient bus)
and a few other places makes a good two week trip.
I usually do it myself going to wineries but there are convienient tours as well.

In my opinion staying outside and daytripping in to florence is a mistake.You miss evenings and early mornings, I have a picture of the Ponte Vecchio with not a single person on it just one pidgeon!

florence for one week then staying in a agriturismo in southern tuscany or chianti for several days or a week (best to have car) works well.

Reply by Rfrainey, Oct 30, 2009.

Also go to for expert travel opinions. I've posted there nearly 7000 times!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 30, 2009.

Good advice from Rfrainey!

I recommend 3 days in Florence quite frequently. The first three days are ideal. It's a very English language friendly city so it helps one ease into the Italian lifestyle. There is a lot to see, as is this case virtually everywhere in Italy, and your plans really need to be based on what other sorts of things you might want to do. Pisa, sure it's a tourist trap but I think it's worth a day trip, Siena, a great home base for wine country visits. I'm planning four days in Tuscany, purely business so wine visit after wine visit, and am looking forward to seeing the country side and hill towns. I have spent a week in Florence before, after 5 or 6 days I was itching to get out into the country side though.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 30, 2009.

I'm kinda inbetween Greg and Rfrainey. I usually start with Florence for a few days, go elsewhere, then come back again to Florence. Different perspectives and appreciation each time I do that, whether it's only for a couple of days on both ends, or longer. There is a lot of touristown to Florence that can grate. But at some point a breakthrough usually occurs to a whole new level. It has been a magical place for centuries, but then again the Tuscan countryside, whether towards the hills or sea, is also a pretty nice place to spend some time. Though this may be somewhat typical, I've ended up spending more time in Florence and Tuscany than any other single city or region of Italy. And I like the south a lot....

Do take your time. Spot-on advice from Rfrainey about that, for sure!

Reply by Drunk as a Skunk, Oct 31, 2009.

RFRAINEY what is your favorite chianti?

Reply by Martingauthier, Oct 31, 2009.

Welcome to Snooth!

I'm a big fan of Italian wine as well. Last year I felt in love with a region and their wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Corte alla flora produces, to my opinion, the best of the best at a very raisonable price.

See you around

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 2, 2009.

Stay tuned for a full report, well as full as I can muster in 2 days, on Montepulciano and Vino Nobile coming up early next month. I'll be in the region in 3 weeks and looking forward to it!

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