The Enoteca Italiana in the 16th-century Fortezza Medicea di Santa Barbara is the only state-sponsored wine bar in Italy, in vaults that were built for Cosimo de’ Medici in 1560 (www.enoteca-italiana.it; (tel) 0577-228-843; Mon noon–8pm; Tues–Sat noon–1am). You can sample a choice selection of Italian wines by the glass and accompany your choices with small plates of meats and cheeses. Every Italian city has a favorite gelateria, and Siena’s is Kopakabana, at Via de’ Rossi 52–54 (www.gelateriakopakabana.it; (tel) 0577-223-744; mid-Feb to mid-Nov noon–8pm, later in warm weather), with flavors that include panpepato, based on the peppery Sienese cake.
The Perfect Sienese Gelato
Superstar high-quality chain gelateria Grom hit Siena in 2010, grabbing a prime site at Via Banchi di Sopra 11-13 (tel. 0577-289-303; www.grom.it). Queues are long and the cold stuff is tasty, but we still make the short detour down Via de' Rossi to Kopa Kabana, at no. 52-54 (tel. 0577-223-744), for a daily-changing range of flavors, including panpepato, based on the peppery Sienese cake. Closer to the Campo, Brivido, Via dei Pellegrini 1 (no phone), is another reliable choice.
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