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Where Barack and Michelle Obama Ate on Vacation in Italy

Osteria Francescana Chef Massimo Bottura prepared them a special meal
What the Obamas Ate on Vacation in Italy
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Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are continuing to enjoy some well-deserved time off by traveling the world. The couple spent the past week vacationing in Italy taking in the sights, savoring the local cuisine and exploring the Tuscan countryside.

Earlier in the month, Barack was in Milan to discuss climate change and food security at the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit, and following the event, the Obamas spent the remainder of their time blending in with tourists.

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Of course, no visit to Italy would be complete without a meal prepared by chef Massimo Bottura, owner of one the best restaurants in the world, Osteria Francescana. An Instagram post by the chef confirmed that he prepared a special meal for the Obamas at Gravner vineyard, according to Travel + Leisure.

While the sporty former president was off playing golf at the Castiglion del Bosco, the former first lady was spotted roaming the streets of Montalcino, Tuscany, where she treated herself to gelato from Gelateria Artigianale Why Not?

It was reported that the couple stayed at the Borgo Finocchieto, a villa renovated by the U.S. ambassador to Italy under the Obama administration, John Phillips.

Correction: This article has been updated to clarify that chef Massimo Bottura cooked for the Obamas at Gravner vineyard, not the restaurant Osteria Francescana.

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