Enoteca Alessi

An inexpensive wine shops two blocks from the cathedral

Unassuming, not overpriced, and just two blocks south of the Duomo—in short, the perfect store to shop for Tuscan wines.

Don't be discouraged by the paucity of bottles you'll see when you first enter. The large ground floor room is reserved more for chocolates and other fine edibles.

The bulk of the wines—from refined vintages to excellent Tuscan table vino—are in the large cellars downstairs.

I was delighted to discover in 2015 that one of our partners, Select Italy, can arrange for a private guided wine tasting at in the cellars (at the end of a walking tour spent admiring Renaissance art and other sights around town):

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