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SAM Studio - What to Do

SAM is 45 minutes from Florence, 30 minutes from Pisa and 40 minutes from the sea. You can also conveniently reach the Tuscan art cities in one hour. Below is a list of the countless historic cities, cultural attractions, and stunning sights you can see in the region of Tuscany.

Traditional Tuscan foot is also incredible. You can eat and drink in the close proximity of the studio or find a place nearby to enjoy Tuscan world-famous traditional cuisine and fantastic panoramas.
Restaurants offer typical dishes made with local produce, like the typical t-bone steak or sliced fillet, pasta with wild boar or hare ragu, lasagne, ricotta and spinach tortellini, mixed meat or fish grills and much more.

Staff at SAM Studio will be glad to help you find the best place to eat and SAM studio has special agreements with all the coffee bars and restaurant of Lari.

To Visit


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Walking through Florence historical centre you can admire fantastic masterpieces: Giotto's bell tower, Brunelleschi's dome, the famous Michelangelo's "David", the Franciscan church of Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria and its majestic Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi where you can admire famous paintings of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue and Masaccio.


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The historical university city of Pisa is famous for its architectonic beauties such as the famous Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli.


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Volterra is a jewel of the Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and it dominates from a height of 550mt the surrounding valleys to the sea. On a clear day you can see the Tuscan archipelago and Corsica.


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In the historical centre of Siena you can walk through narrow Medieval streets, admiring the fantastic buildings until you reach Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful in the world.


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In Lucca, inside the famous 16th century walls, you can visit the astonishing Piazza Anfiteatro, the Medieval church of San Frediano, the Guinigi Tower, San Martino cathedral, San Michele in Foro church and the typical "street of antic dealers".

San Gimignano

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San Gimignano, a small town which has remained untouched throughout the centuries, is famous for its numerous towers, its frescos and other art treasures.

Sea and Beaches

You can find wide sandy beaches in Tirrenia and Marina di Pisa, located between Pisa and Leghorn. South of Leghorn there are beautiful cliffs, clear water and coves, which you can reach through stairs carved in the rocks, and more beaches: Cecina, Baratti, Follonica, Punta Ala and Argentario. In Vada you can find a surf school and a diving school in Leghorn. Northward, from Viareggio to the Gulf of Poets, you can find wide sandy beaches from Versilia (Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta and Camaiore) to the border with Liguria, land of Cinque Terre.

Tuscan Wine Routes

Traveling through Tuscany's wine routes you can taste world-famous prestigious wines and discover places worth visiting.

Casciana Terme Spa


In Casciana Terme, 8km away from Lari, you can relax at the spa in the natural hot spring outdoor pools and with body treatments. At the Villa Borri spa you can find an exclusive health farm located in an 18th century manor house.

Horse Riding

Several riding schools and farm holidays offer horseback rides.

To Eat & Drink

Il Ponte Coffee Bar and La Bottega delle Specialita'

via Armando Diaz, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio)

They offer excellent breakfasts from typical Italian espresso to cappuccino, from a large variety of pastries (stuffed with ricotta, pears and chocolate, rice, apple, jam or cream) to delicious pizza and sandwiches. At Il Ponte coffee bar you can also have a quick lunch with pasta, salad or sandwiches.

Antica Osteria Al Castello Restaurant

Piazza Matteotti 13, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio) +39 329 2088155

A refined restaurant with excellent Tuscan cuisine and a rich wine selection. In summer you can eat outside beneath the walls of the castle of Lari.

Rating: ***** (5/6)

I Burattinai

vicolo Pagolo da Lari 10, Lari (1-minute walk from the studio) +39 0587 685453 - +39 329 3225766

Typical Tuscan restaurant with a terrace on the medieval walls of Lari.

**** (5/6)

Il Gallo Restaurant

Via Belvedere 1, Lari (3 minutes by car, 10-minute walk from the studio) +39 0587 685233

A restaurant with a good quality/price ratio, with a patio and nice meat and fish dishes. Open till late.

Rating: **** (4/6)

Il Querceto Restaurant

Via Querceto 20, Lari (3 minute by car from the studio +39 0587 685256

In a rural setting you can experience the tastes of the tradition thanks to the wood-fired brick oven and bioproducts. You can taste fantastic meat straight from the farm's pastures.

Rating: **** (4/6)

Osteria Bacco Perbacco Restaurant

Via delle Vigne 16, Boschi di Lari (7 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0587 686119

A 30's tavern. The Virginia creeper pegola projects its shadow in order to keep an ideal temperature even in August. You can have tipical Tuscan dishes such ad "zuppa", pasta with game sauce or mixed grill meat. Good quality/price ratio. 

**** (4/6)

Locanda Lo Scopiccio Restaurant

Via delle Casine, 5, Lari (8 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0587 083093

An inn which reinterprets Tuscany's typical dishes. Average price: €35 Closed on Mondays. Open for dinner only.

**** (4/6)

La Meridiana Pizzeria

Via Livornese Est 147, Perignano, Lari (8 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0587 616089

If you are in a hurry, you can stop here for a quick meal. Wood-fired brick over, very good pizza, old Italian style restaurant.

*** (3/6)

Boccondivino Restaurant

Via Montegrappa 30, Crespina (9 minutes by car from the studio) +39 050 634137

In the centre of Crespina, a village near Lari, Boccondivino tavern has a welcoming atmosphere and offers excellent meat dishes. It is perfect for romantic dinners. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can have pizza upon request. In Summer, you can have dinner on the striking terrace overlooking the valley.

***** (5/6)

Vecchia Fattoria Castelli Restaurant

Via Petrarca/ Via della Cella 4B, Usigliano di Lari (10 minutes by car from the studio) +39 335 5920686

Extraordinary restaurant open upon request, with a wonderful terrace on the hill of Usigliano. Food quality is very high. Oil, wine, fruit and vegetables are products of the farm. You can eat wood-fired brick oven pizza on request.

***** (5/6)

Sapori d'Oriente Restaurant

Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 22, Casciana Terme (12 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0587 644019 View reviews

Excellent food, very good presentation, a nice location and refined furniture. Great fish dishes. Open till late.

***** (5/6)

L'Ariete Restaurant Pizzeria

Via Enrico Mattei 7, Ponsacco (16 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0587 729300

Open everyday until late (3 a.m.). Very large restaurant. Very rich starters. Wood oven for pizza lovers. Average prices. Rich wine and rum selection.

**** (4/6)

Il Poggio Pizzeria

Via del Poggio 7, Collemontanino, Casciana Terme (15 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0587 646675

Very simple location offering wood-fired brick oven pizza and traditional Tuscan dishes. In the warmer time of year you can eat outside, enjoying the breathtaking panorama. In Summer it is often crowded.

*** (3/6)

Osteria La Gattaiola Restaurant

Vicolo Secondo San Lorenzo 2, Fauglia (17 minutes by car from the studio) +39 050 650852

Typical restaurant with traditional food. Food quality is very high. Only meat dishes are served, especially with truffles and mushrooms. Rich wine selection. Location is simple, atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Rooms are small with barrel vaults and wooden tables. In Summer you can eat outside on the terraces.

****** (6/6)

Trattoria La Pescaccia Restaurant

Via delle Colline, 4, Pontedera (24 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0587 52384

Simple location, friendly staff, rich menu, excellent fish dishes, delicious fresh pasta.

**** (4/6)

Kaoru Japanese Restaurant

Via Pisana 98, Pontedera (24 minutes by car from the studio) +39 347 2697976

Traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. Warm and welcoming atmosphere. Nice dishes, great sushi.

***** (5/6)

Oscar Restaurant

Via O. Franchini 78, Leghorn (40 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0586 501258

One of the best fish restaurant in the areas of Pisa and Leghorn. Raw and cooked fresh fish, great quality. Nice selection of white wines and champagne. Very small restaurant, you can eat inside or outside.

****** (6/6)

Il Fischietto Restaurant

Via Goito 40, 57100 Leghorn (40 minutes by car from the studio) +39 329 3107324

Very simple and peculiar restaurant, quick and friendly service. Fish is excellent cooked following the Leghornese recipes and price is low. The selection of dishes is rather small, but the restaurant is always full and it is not always easy to find a table available. Open until late.

**** (4/6)

Trattoria da Motorino Restaurant

Via Guglielmo Oberdan 30, Leghorn (40 minutes by car from the studio) +39 0586 896485

Excellent food, fresh fish dishes.

***** (5/6)

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