Words you will hear or read during your trip to Tuscany:
Agriturismo: agriturism; farm holiday, rental of a gite in the countryside. Very popular in Tuscany.
Arno: river passing through Florence
Il Campo: major square in Siena
Cantina: a wine cellar
Cantuccini: hard biscuit from Tuscany made with roasted almonds. You also find them with chocolate and other flavors.
Castello: estate or castle
Chianti: wine and wine region in Tuscany
Chianti Classico: one of the most well-known Chianti wine and region
Crostinis: small toasted bread slices with olive oil topped with various spreads like olive, ham, cheese and veggies. Perfect for antipastis and apéros.
Enoteca: wine shop, wine restaurant
Firenze: Florence, capital of Tuscany
Fortress: Rocca or Fortezza
Medici: rich Italian family from the 13th to the 18th century. Medici were bankers, political figures and popes. They were responsible for the beautiful Florentine Renaissance art and architecture.
Osteria: bar, restaurant for easy cooking
Pasticceria: pastry shop
Piazza: city square
Pieve: church in the country side
Ricciarelli: almond dessert in form of a lozenge topped with powdered sugar. Speciality from Siena
Sala degustazione: wine tasting room
Trattoria: place to eat not as fancy as a ristorante but not as simple as an osteria
Vino di Tavola: table wine