If you are looking for a different Tuscany, still not overrun by tourism, then you should think of the countryside between Siena and Arezzo, near Monte San Savino, a beautiful medieval town considered the birthplace of the Chianina cattle which produces an excellent meat. The Florentine T-bone steak is one of the dishes to be tasted in the many restaurants in Monte San Savino, but you can also buy it in the butchers inside the walls of the historic village. The butcher’s shop “ Da Aldo”, for example, is the right place for steak lovers.
A stroll through the dirt roads on the property (which covers 2000 hectares) reveals some real corners of paradise, as the small village of Rapale, with its castle and its stone houses. Being away from the tourist jam does not mean having to give up comfort and convenience. Mansalto and Montemaggiore infact studied a hospitality formula practically tailor-made for each one, and you'll discover that you can do many things besides walking, relaxing and swimming. Food lovers can request a chef at home for a barbecue on the lawn or for a candlelit dinner. If you like to cook you can take cooking class to learn about traditional recipes and local products. Finally, those who love the “do it yourself” can request grocery shopping and then cook the products as they prefer (www.montemaggioretuscany.it).