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Chianti is not just the name of a wine but also of one of the most popular areas of Tuscany for a wonderful vacation. Here we provide tourist information on places to stay in and near Greve in Chianti, plus things to see and activities for your visit to Greve in Chianti and the entire Chianti Classico wine zone. Because of its central location, Greve in Chianti makes an excellent base for your holiday in Tuscany, allowing you to see almost any part of Tuscany during a day excursion by car or bus and train.

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Greve in Chianti, seat of the Comune di Greve in Chianti, is the market town of the Chianti Classico wine zone of Tuscany, Italy, which consists of a large part of the hilly territory between Florence and Sienna. Chianti provides opportunities for a unique style of vacation where you can find a relaxing place to stay in one of the many beautifully restored farmhouses of the area and yet still be within easy reach of the art cities such as Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa. The rooms, apartments, farm houses and villas of Chianti offered as holiday rentals in the hills around Greve in Chianti are characterised by terracotta tiled floors and beamed ceilings, and are usually furnished in country style with authentic antiques or very good copies. Bathroom facilities are clean and modern, and a swimming pool is frequently available. Often an entire self-catering apartment with pool will cost you less than modest hotel accommodation for the same number of people in a city. Furthermore, there are numerous excellent restaurants both in the Chianti villages and in the Tuscany countryside itself.

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Greve in Chianti, which is named after the river that runs through it, is the chief town of the Chianti Classico wine zone, home to Chianti's largest wine fair, held every September. It is the shopping centre of the Chianti farm house holidays area that surrounds it. At the end of the Dark Ages, Greve developed on the flat ground of the Greve valley as the market for the fortified villages, castles and farm houses on the surrounding hilltops. In 1325 it was burned to the ground by Castruccio Castracani, the Duke of Lucca. Nevertheless, Greve expanded considerably during the 14th and 15th centuries, and, after the unification of Italy, became the most important centre of Chianti. The rebuilt church of Santa Croce, which houses some beautiful paintings of the school of Fra Angelico, stands at the top of the asymmetrical main piazza, Piazza Matteotti. The original piazza is shown as square in old documents but the construction of buildings, porticoes and loggias has encroached on it over the years so that it is now triangular, pointing to the neoclassical facade of Santa Croce. On one side of the piazza is a statue of the explorer Giovanni da Verrazano (also spelt Verrazzano) who discovered New York Harbour. A house associated with the family of Amerigo Vespucci is located in nearby Montefioralle.

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