A must is to taste the “Cialde” the Montecatini Terme bisquit made with just almonds and sugar into two thin wafers.
It would be good to have enough time to visit one of the chocolate manufacturers of this so called “Chocolate Valley“.
Here are some typical and popular dishes of the Valdinievole area
- First courses:
Farro soup, Pappa al Pomodoro, Ribollita, Farinata, Zuppa di pane (Pan Bagnato), Maccheroni sull’Anatra Muta, Pasta e Fagioli, Pasta e Ceci.
- Second courses:
Trippa, Fegatelli nel Lardo, Baccalà alla Livornese, Coniglio in umido, Cioncia, Tordi sott’olio, salsicce e fagioli all’uccelletto, Panzanella. Side dish: Stringhe (fagiolini di Sant’Anna) in umido, fagioli di Sorana al fiasco… all dressed with the olio extravergine del Montalbano
Castagnaccio, Necci con ricotta, Brigidini, Buccellato, Cantuccini, Befanotti Glassati, Torta co’ Becchi.
- Vin Santo: sweet wine, the one drunk by the priest during the Mass.
Enjoy a cocktail or an aperitif at the “bar storico” in the Tettuccio spa or in the Gambrinus open gallery. Refresh in the Montecatini Alto square after a walk to the “rocca” fortress or along the walls.