Wining and dining is a must in Siena and its nearby hamlets! Grilled radicchio, zucchini with anchovy sauce, fettuccine with truffles, roast baby lamb (agnello), minestrone soup, Pici pasta (similar to spaghetti), roast rabbit (coniglio) and roast capon, bruschetta doused in Olive Oil and fresh tomatoes, wood fired Chianina steak and omelettes with bacon are all delicious dishes found in Sienese homes and restaurants. The town also has a sweet tooth and Panforte (a concentrated fruit and nut cake) is the classic dessert, usually served with the sweet Vin Santo wine. Cantucci almond cookies and chestnut based desserts are also common.
Siena is literally surrounded by wine producing regions. To the north lies the Chianti Classico region, the main wine villages including Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti. Top producers include Badia Coltibuono, Capannelle, Montevertine and Castello di Volpaia. To the northwest, there is a tiny appellation outside of San Gimignano for its white Vernaccia wines. South of Siena is lovely Montalcino and its superb Brunello producing wineries. In the southeast, you’ll come across Montepulciano, another fabulous medieval town famous for its Vino Nobile wines.