Our favorite restaurants
*We recommend calling ahead and reservations are always a good idea!
Il Quartino di Marchesi Frescobaldi
Tel: 055 831 1426 | Via Casentinese Bassa 16 | Pelago
Gorgeous and relaxing atmosphere with amazing views of the vineyards where they grow their own wine. Burgers, meat and cheese plates and sandwiches on the menu.
Tel: 055 832 6818 | Località Pelago Grassina, 102, 50060 Pelago FI
Typical Tuscan restaurant with a beautiful terrace and view just a 5 minute drive from the Castle. Specialties: meat dishes (steak, fried mixed grill), pizza and pasta.
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Tel: 055 633483 | Via di S. Romolo, 118 | Case di S. Romolo | Villamagna
Typical Tuscan restaurant with a beautiful terrace. Specialties: meat dishes (steak, fried mixed grill) and pasta. It is located approximately 7 kms. above the farm Castiglionchio in the small village Villamagna.
Toscani da Sempre
Tel: 055 8392952 | Via Monzecchi, 13/15 | Pontassieve
Chef Stefano Farassineti offers a unique dining experience in the little locanda in the old part of Pontassieve, with his passion for fresh ingredients and all the Tuscan kitchen. His knowledge and selection of local wines is one of the best in the area. Open everyday at lunch time and in the evenings. Set on a narrow cobbled alley is a warm regional restaurant with a vaulted cellar dining room and a courtyard garden terrace.
Pizzeria Da SANDRINO
Tel: 055 836 8510 | Piazza Washington, 12, 50065 Pontassieve FI
A family owned place with a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious pizza and pasta!
Tel: 333 201 7358 | Via Fratelli Cervi, 36, 50065 Pontassieve FI
Our favorite bar! A wide variety of great cocktails and craft beer - nice food and people too.
Open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
La Bottega di Rosano
Tel: 055 8303013 | Via 1 Maggio, 10 | Rosano
You’ll find friendly people and amazing food in this very local atmosphere. A restaurant and general store “La Bottega” is a trattoria open at lunchtime and evening. Here you can find delicious Tuscan product to buy and a terrace to dine on. Closed Mondays.
Things to do in the area
Wine Tasting and tour at TRAVIGNOLI WINERY
Tel: 0039.055.8361098 firstname.lastname@example.org
Via Travignoli 78, 50060, Pelago (Fi)
The beautiful and seemingly endless vineyards you drive past on your way to Ristonchi are part of Travignoli, a historic wine production area. World-renowned for growing wine for it’s soil, altitude, sunny days and cool nights. Travignoli is recognized as one of the oldest Italian wineries and has received "Italia 150" an award given by the National Unioncamere to the 150 oldest and longest-lived historic companies in Italy.
Tour and Tasting: 15€/person or 22€ with snacks (recommended!)
Tour and shop at VALLOMBROSA ABBEY
055 862251 Loc. Vallombrosa, 115, 50066 Vallombrosa, Reggello FI
A beautiful ancient Abbey that enchants in all the months of the year. In summer you can listen to classical music concerts.
Inside the monastery do not miss the kitchen and the library (guardian of a centuries-old amanuensis writing, of incunable and rare manuscripts).
On the ground floor you’ll find the Antica Pharmacy filled with products handmade by monks including liqueurs, honey, chocolate, creams and more.
HIKING AND Mountain BikinG
Ristonchi Castle is on top of a mountain surrounded by olive groves and an ancient forest with over 20km of marked paths for walking and cycling. We have 4 mountain bikes available for a rental fee of 20€/day or 10€ for up to 3 hours. Please use the helmets provided.
4 km round trip Castello Di Ristonchi to Campiglioni (an abandoned boarding school overgrown with nature): https://goo.gl/maps/tG8qH6w764m
22 km round trip Castello Di Ristonchi to Vallombrosa Abbey: https://goo.gl/maps/Mf2yBYFygqR2
7 km round trip Castello Di Ristonchi to Ferrano: https://goo.gl/maps/Yzo98Vb8aV22
Find other trails here: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/pelago-giro-delle-ville-6330994
Visit Beautiful Florence
30 km away
Florence is one of the most charming cities in Italy. It’s full of history, being the birthplace of the Renaissance and has a quaint and romantic feel with picturesque spots and beautiful architecture at every turn. It’s a compact city and the Santa Maria Novella train station is right in the historic center. Stroll down the riverfront and see the amazing bridges beautiful day and night, tour the Uffizi Gallery, which hosts some of the most spectacular art from the Italian Renaissance. Michelangelo’s Statue of David (at the nearby Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze) and the Duomo Cathedral, with its famous dome by Brunelleschi. The whole city is truly a work of art so you don’t even have to set foot in a museum or gallery to soak in the splendid history. Those who love charming details will fall in the love with the cobblestones streets, intricately designed fountains, statues on every corner and rickety thatched rooftops and colorful shutters of local homes.
Reach Florence by car in 45 minutes. (Be sure you don’t drive into the city center or you’ll find a 100€ fine when you return home.) One reason why Florence is so pedestrian friendly is because the historic center is closed to traffic except for residents, taxis and buses. Great news for walkers and cyclists, not so great for drivers. This area is known as the "zona a traffico limitato" or ZTL, meaning it is a restricted traffic zone.
Take a quick scenic train ride from Pontessieve Station and be in the center of Florence in less than 25 minutes. A one way ticket costs 2-3€. Bus fare is 1.20€.
The Mall - Designer Luxury outlets
055 865 7775 - Via Europa, 8, 50066 Leccio FI
Luxury designer outlet mall brings some of the world’s most famous fashion brands to one single location.
Horseback riding lessons and tours at Le Roverelle
333 265 9923 - Località le Campacce, 50066 Reggello FI
Beautiful and clean stables with many horses immersed in the calm and tranquility of the countryside. Laura, the owner, is a great teacher and leader. The entire staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. Tours from a few hours to full day with food for beginners to advanced riders.