Restaurant Review: Osteria L’Upupa, San Miniato, Italy

I flew all the way to Tuscany, Italy for San Miniato’s famous White Truffle Festival last November!  Now, while the San Miniato White Truffle Festival is very well known and totally amazing, there is a surprising lack of information on the festival and San Miniato online!  I tried to remedy that with my previous post on San Miniato!  However, I did not review the most delicious restaurant – Osteria L’Upupa!

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San Miniato from Frederick’s Tower.

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My Favorite Florence Eats!

Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and one of Italy’s favorite cities, Florence is never short on delicious and new restaurants.  The “best restaurant” lists change frequently and Florentines each have their own favorite spots!  To cut through all the lists and endless research on Florence eats, here are my favorites based on a recent visit!

Best Coffee – News Cafe

In a city (and country) filled with outstanding coffee, my favorite Florence coffee shop for tourists is hands down the News Cafe.  Located in the Santa Maria de Novella neighborhood, News Cafe not only makes delicious coffee, but does amazing coffee art at no extra charge!  I am sure coffee aficionados will disagree with me, but for tourists, the Florence -inspired coffee art really takes the cake!

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Yes, I visited Florence in (off-season) November, and it was amazing!!

I traveled to San Miniato, Florence, Venice and Milan with Dan, my mother, Dan’s aunt, our friend, Pryor, and her mother in November and our second stop was Florence (or Firenze in Italian!) for three days and three nights!  Dan and I had been to Florence once before (eight years ago in the Summer) but it was most of the group’s first time in Florence, so we focused on Florence’s main tourist sites!  Plus, Florence’s main sites are pretty amazing and warrant a new visit at least every 8 years!

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First glimpse of the Duomo!

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An Itinerary for San Miniato, Italy – A Hidden Tuscan Treasure!

As I mentioned in my previous post, Going All The Way To Italy For San Miniato’s White Truffle Festival, San Miniato is a tiny hill town in Northern Tuscany. While most famous for its namesake white truffle festival held every November, San Miniato makes an interesting and easy stop any time of the year, especially since its between Florence and Pisa!  And, its ridiculously gorgeous and mostly devoid of foreign tourists.

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Fall in stunning San Miniato.

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