More about ‘Towns and Villages of Tuscany’

Best Value European Vacation Destination – Tuscany

Best Value European Vacation Destination - Tuscany

On my “Tuscany Toscana” blog I recently proposed Tuscany as a top budget-friendly location for your next holiday in Europe. I based my conclusion on the availability of high quality, inexpensive accommodation outside the bigger cities, static restaurant prices and the ready availability of inexpensive public transport. Looking at the cost of vacation accommodation over […]

Greve in Chianti – useful tips for visitors to Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti main piazza during the flower festival in May

You’re currently reading the Greve in Chianti Tuscany blog but I thought I might summarise some of the more important information distributed throughout the Greve in Chianti website at www.greve-in-chianti.com. Greve in Chianti is the largest town in the Chianti Classico wine zone, an area that corresponds to the oval-shaped territory lying between Florence and […]

What to see in Lamole in Chianti

Casole near Lamole in Chianti

High up above the Greve valley, we find the tiny village of Lamole in Chianti. The drive to Lamole from the via Chiantigiana (turnoff to the east between Greve and Panzano) is one of the most spectacular detours for those exploring the Chiantigiana and its environs. You drive through vineyards, past picturesque farmhouses and villas, […]

What to see in Castellina in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

As you follow the scenic via Chiantigiana from Greve in Chianti southwards, the road winds upwards from the Val di Greve towards Panzano from which it more or less follows the ridges until you arrive at the little town of Castellina in Chianti. The area around Castellina is very popular with visitors staying at agriturismi […]

What to see at Castello di Montefioralle

Montefioralle

Tuscany and particularly Chianti are dotted with small fortified hamlets which are often huddled around the ruins of a castle keep. These picturesque villages reflect a thousand years of conflict over land that came to an end only with the hegemony of cities such as Florence over their smaller adversaries, in this case, Sienna. The […]

What to see in Chianti, things to do in Tuscany

What to see in Chianti

So you’re planning a vacation in Chianti, Italy? Great idea! Now your question is, “What to see in Chianti?” Here we provide a few hints on things to see and things to do in this beautiful and interesting part of Tuscany. Vineyards and wine – Chianti is synonymous (literally!) with wine and visiting a winery […]

What to see in Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Panzano in Chianti

Exactly half-way between Florence and Sienna, the scenic via Chiantigiana highway leaves the valley of the River Greve and winds up to the ridge between the Val di Greve and the Val di Pesa, to the charming little town of Panzano in Chianti. Panzano’s central location makes it an ideal base for your vacation in […]

What to see in Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti

Everyone knows that the Chianti Classico wine region is the centre, oenological and in many other respects, of Tuscany. It is formed by the beautiful Chianti hills and valleys lying between Florence and Sienna. And the centre of Chianti Classico? That’s the charming little town of Greve in Chianti! Greve, as it is usually known, […]

What to see in Impruneta Tuscany Italy

Impruneta in Tuscany near Florence

Close to Florence and just outside the Chianti Classico wine zone, the town of Impruneta deserves a visit by anyone interested in the plastic arts. Impruneta is the home of Tuscan terracotta and, increasingly, of hand-painted ceramics. Impruneta is also the location of one of the most famous basilicas in Tuscany, the Sanctuary of Santa […]

Mediaeval Dinner in Certaldo – “A cena da Messer Boccaccio”

Mediaeval Dinner in Certaldo - "A cena da Messer Boccaccio"

Among the excellent mediaeval festivals held in Tuscany throughout the year, ‘A cena da Messer Boccaccio‘ (“Dinner with Boccaccio”) ranks high. This dinner takes place in the ancient part of Certaldo, known as Certaldo Alto, in June (Saturday 9 June and 16 June, in 2012). The menu includes some mediaeval dishes such as ‘Morsini di […]

Castelnuovo Berardenga

Villa Chigi Saracini near Castelnuovo Berardenga

Castelnuovo Berardenga is a charming town dating from 1366 and located at the southern tip of the Chianti Classico wine zone, about 20 km from Sienna. It provides an interesting side detour from the Via Chiantigiana, the motoring route from Florence to Sienna. The famous Battle of Montaperti during which the Siennese inflicted a humiliating […]

Greve Museum of Sacred Art

Museum of Religious Art Greve in Chianti

There are a number of small museums of religious art scattered throughout Chianti. While not calling for a detour, these museums are well worth a visit when you are in the area. Usually, they house minor art works collected together from deconsecrated churches in the area plus more important works that cannot be displayed unprotected […]

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