Many visitors to Tuscany settle on the Chianti region between Florence and Siena as a place to stay, in part because of its central location which makes it a good base for their vacation in Tuscany, with plenty of options for exploring other parts of Tuscany in all directions. The beautiful countryside and, of the course, the food and wine are also important factors. Next comes the question of exactly where is the best place to stay in the Chianti region.
My recommendation for a great place to stay is the area around Greve in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti. The wine producing municipality of Greve, which includes the small town of Panzano, is the largest of the eight comuni of Chianti and has the highest number of agriturismi and other forms of rural vacation accommodation in the province of Florence and the Province of Siena. Competition means that prices are low and standards are high. You can easily find an attractive village or farmhouse apartment for 2 persons for 65 euros per night or less. Many of the agriturismi have a swimming pool and all of them have fully equipped kitchens, so that if you don’t want to go out to a restaurant, you can prepare your dinner at home, either from the ground up or using the freshly cooked food and other delicious edibles available in the Coop supermarket in Greve.
Another good feature of staying near Greve or Panzano is that even if you have a car you can make use of the comfortable buses that will take you right into the centre of Florence, something which should NOT be done using your car. (The historical centre of Florence consists of camera-protected limited traffic zones.)