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I think I'd have to say Ravenna...
I do love Sienna and Orvieto, but the mosaics and frescoes in the Duomo there are seared on my brain. And, oh, the gnocci. mmmmmm....
what's your favorite small town in Italy?
I can’t have just one favourite. First there is Firenze, then Sienna and also San Gimignano. Oh to heck with it. All of Tuscany.
My boss used to take me to the north of Italy for food and wine tours where he would buy enough wines to fill a shipping container. My job was to find new recipes for the kitchen of his Ristorante in Lake Oswego. We were guest of various cantinas where we would taste wines and then feasted either in the home of the vintner or his or her cantina. We travelled not only in Tuscany but also to Chieti in the Abruzzi, thence to Bertinoro in Emiglia Romagna
In Bertinoro we were guest of a vintner who had found grape vines that dated from the early Empire. There was a piece of vine that measured almost 3 feet in diameter and stood a good 10 feet high. It had been cut when they were preserving and propagating the vines. We drank wine made from those grapes and one can only assume that it tasted much the same as in the time of the ancient Romans.
From there we went to Greve and Chianti and based there for the rest of our stay. Greve is where the Chianti consortium is located. We were guest of several Chianti producers in both the Zona Rosso and the Zona Nero with side trips to San Gimignano, Sienna, and Castelnuovo Berndenga cantina, where there are several Etruscan ruins on the property.