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An excursion through Chianti by horse & wagon

a horse and carriage outing in Tuscany

A great activity for kids during your visit to Tuscany One of the best ways to really enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Tuscan countryside is to go on a horse and wagon outing among the vineyards, olive groves, villas and castles of Chianti, the great wine producing area of Tuscany. I recommend this […]

Accommodations in Tuscany with whirlpool (Jacuzzi), Turkish bath (hammam) and gym.

Vitigliano pool and daybeds

Are you looking for accommodations in Tuscany with whirlpool (Jacuzzi), Turkish bath (hammam) and gym? For a complete wellness experience in a luxurious setting with magnificent views in every direction? Then I can strongly recommend Vitigliano Relias and Spa, located in the centre of Chianti, Tuscany, between Panzano and Greve. This beautiful and exclusive private […]

Best place to stay in the Chianti region

best place to stay in Chianti

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 […]

Chianti Classico – the wine of the historical Chianti area of Tuscany

Chianti Classico

The expression Chianti Classico is reserved for wines produced in a roughly oval-shaped area of mostly hilly country located between Florence and Sienna in Tuscany, Italy. To be designated Chianti Classico DOCG, the wines must be produced from sangiovese grapes at wineries within the area and within a specified range of altitudes. The Chianti Classico […]

Chianti – what is Chianti wine?

Chianti

When the name Chianti is used in relation to wine in a general context, it often means Chianti Classico wine which is a red wine produced from grapes grown in a roughly oval-shaped area located between Florence and Siena in Tuscany, Italy. This region is the historical “Chianti”, previously a recognised political entity but now […]

Owner direct vacation rentals in Tuscany

Owner direct vacation rental in Tuscany

Renting your holiday accommodation directly from the owner For many, probably most, visitors, I recommend owner direct vacation rentals in Tuscany. The reasons for renting from the owners directly are as follows: When you talk to a vacation rental owner by phone or exchange emails, you can easily gain an accurate impression of both the […]

Val di Greve – the valley of the river Greve in central Tuscany

Greve in Chianti on the flood plain of the Greve river

The Greve river (fiume Greve), 43 km in length and among the best known rivers of Tuscany, arises on the hill known as Querciabella, in the Chianti hills just below Lamole, where it is fed by the springs of Fonte di Poggio alle Coste and Fonte del Topo. It flows rapidly down through the forested […]

The best gelato in Chianti at L’ Antica Delizia in Castellina in Chianti

Best gelato in Chianti

The ice cream (gelato) made and sold at the geletaria L’ Antica Delizia in Castellina in Chianti is commonly said to be the best you can get in Chianti, better even than any in Florence. I have to agree with that assessment. Not only is each flavour sublime but the range of flavours is large, […]

Villas, farmhouses, vineyards, apartments and other properties for sale in Chianti, Italy

Real estate for sale in Chianti

Currently there are excellent properties for sale at reasonable prices in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy. These range from villas (true Tuscan villas as opposed to simply stand-alone houses – bear this difference in meaning in mind when house-hunting), converted farmhouses (case coloniche), and town and rural apartments, as well as full-fledged wineries and […]

Recommended vacation rental agencies for your holiday in the Chianti wine territory

Tuscany vacation rental agency

While the majority of visitors to Tuscany are enthusiastic to rent directly from the owner of their preferred vacation accommodation, others prefer to work through a vacation rental agency. Unfortunately, many of the large holiday home websites are not really agencies but rather simply listing sites. They do not – and, indeed, for simple practical […]

Catered midday and evening meals at your Chianti vacation accommodations

Panna Cotta for your dinner in Chianti

I’m Elisa Berghi and this is my cooking service where I and, when necessary, my assistant come to your accommodation and prepare a full lunch or evening meal from the ground up using fresh local produce and home-made ingredients. Whenever possible, I use organic produce. I offer a number of traditional and innovative menus but […]

A tour of the Romanesque parish churches (pievi) of Chianti, Italy

San Polo in Rosso

Chianti, the picturesque wine region that extends between Florence and Siena, is known worldwide for its unique landscape – hills dotted with castles, villas and farm houses, and vast expanses of vineyards and olive groves, the source of Chianti Classico wine and Chianti extravergine olive oil, interspersed with rows of cypress trees. The territory also […]

The pleasures of outdoor dining in Chianti

Dining outdoors in Chianti

The combination of love of family life, a pleasant climate and a passion for food makes dining in the open air extremely popular in Chianti, as throughout Tuscany. The chance to experience the pleasures of outdoor dining in Chianti is one of many reasons to think about spending at least part of your vacation in […]

Villas and villa vacation apartments and hotels in the Chianti Classico wine territory

Villa to rent in Chianti

The term “villa” is used fairly loosely in the Tuscany tourism sector. In fact a true Tuscan villa is a very large house, usually the headquarters of a farm with multiple dependencies, often somewhat Georgian in layout and appearance, characterised by high ceilings, grand staircases etc. There are also of course a very few and […]

The gods, goddesses and mythology of the Etruscans

Etruscan musician

Many of the names listed here are Etruscan spellings (and pronunciations) of Greek and native Italic names, but some names are entirely Etruscan. Achlae: Greek river god, Achelous Achle, Achile: from the Greek Achilles, hero of the Trojan War Achmemrun: from the Greek Agamemnon, king of Mycenaean Greece Achrum, Acharum: from Acheron, the Greek river […]

The village of Il Ferrone, a major terracotta manufacturing area in Chianti

antique terracotta olive oil jars

Il Ferrone is a village in Chianti on one of the two popular routes from Florence to Greve in Chianti, and is a major centre of terracotta manufacturing in Italy. Indeed, Ferrone, as it is commonly known, is famous world-wide for a huge range of terracotta production, ranging from pots and art works that are […]

Florentine grilled steak – how to prepare it, how to eat it

Bistecca all Fiorentina

Not all tourists realise that grilled steak is very popular in Tuscany and, under names such as carne alla brace or carne alla griglia, no doubt has been, in one form or another, since time immemorial. One of the most traditional grilled steaks in Tuscany is the tagliata Toscana which is basically a simple grilled […]

The hamlet of Lucolena in Chianti

Lucolena in Chianti

Lucolena in Chianti is a tranquil village surrounded in part by forest. Officially it is actually located in the Upper Val d’Arno because it’s on the eastern side of the Chianti hills, but its cultural connections are with Chianti. The area was settled in very early times, based on the archaeological finds nearby. There are […]

Tavarnuzze, a Chianti town on the outskirts of Florence

American World War II cemetery Florence

Tavarnuzze is a smallish town within the county of Impruneta. The Greve river flows through it. The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial site is located near Tavarnuzze and can be reached by SITA bus from Florence. The site covers 70 acres and is open to the public daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except Christmas Day […]

The town of Strada in Chianti near Florence

Strada in Chianti Tuscany Italy

Strada in Chianti is a township on the Via Chiantigiana quite near Florence and on the turnoff for Impruneta. It’s quite a good base for those who plan to visit Florence often but who wish to spend their vacation in the country. Florence is easily accessibly from Strada by bus or car (20 km, less […]

The hamlet of Lucarelli in Chianti

Lucarelli in Chianti, Tuscany

Lucarelli is a hamlet of just a few houses, a church, a restaurant and a trattoria, located on the road running from the Via Chiantigiana between Panzano and Castellina, towards Radda in Chianti. The Pieve di San Giusto in Salcio has been mentioned numerous times since the 11 C in the papers of the Abbey […]

The village of Chiocchio on the road between Florence and Greve in Chianti

The vineyards of Chiocchio in Chianti, Tuscany

Chiocchio is useful as a base for exploring the parts of Chianti near Florence and for those who want to stay in the country while being able to visit Florence easily. Chiocchio has an ARCI Circolo for coffee and sandwiches and there is also a quite good restaurant here. This is also a good place […]

The historical village of Sambuca in Val di Pesa, Tuscany

Sambuca Val di Pesa Chianti Tuscany

The small town of Sambuca in Val di Pesa is documented from 1053, but due to bombing during WW II is now mostly modern and forms a centre of light industry. However, the ancient bridge and some nearby mediaeval buildings are still extant and worth noting as you pass through the area. More about Sambuca […]

San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Tuscany, Italy

San Casciano in Val di Pesa

San Casciano is a small town and also a county on the north-western border of the Chianti Classico area of Tuscany. It can be reached by bus from central Florence in half an hour. Its full name is San Casciano in Val di Pesa, indicating that it is located near the valley of the Pesa […]

The history of Chianti from the Etruscans to Chianti Classico

Historical Greve in Chianti

Chianti from the Etruscans, Romans and Lombards through mediaeval times to the conflict between Florence and Siena, the mezzadria and modern Chianti The Chianti hills have been inhabited for millennia, making the history of Chianti rich and varied. The mild and healthy climate, the forest abounding in game and the fertile soil have attracted the […]

The hilltop hamlet of Lamole in Chianti in central Tuscany

Lamole in Chianti

The hamlet of Lamole, famous for its Chianti Classico wines, is situated high up in the Chianti hills near Greve in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti. Lamole is a popular vacation location on account of its fabulous views and its temperate summer weather. The one and only restaurant in Lamole, Ristoro di Lamole, is a […]

Private wine tasting and winery tours in Chianti and Tuscany

wine tasting tours

“Degustazione” – wine tasting – is the word to watch for on the winery signposts along the various wine routes in Chianti and Tuscany. This means that you can taste the wine produced at that vineyard and if you like it you can buy a few bottles. You might also want to keep your eyes […]

How to enjoy a vacation in Chianti and Tuscany
without a car

Chianti without a car

As a visitor to Tuscany you might have any of several reasons to not want to hire your own car to explore the province – you might not have a driving licence, you might be apprehensive about facing traffic in unfamiliar surroundings, you might want to be without a car on a single day when […]

Self-catering holiday apartments and B&B rooms in the Chianti Classico wine zone

Chianti farm house for 2, 6 or 8 persons near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Anyone visiting Tuscany and especially Chianti for more than two or three days should very seriously consider the option of staying in the country or in a village rather than in a hotel in town. You have a choice among self-catering villas, a farm houses (casa colonica), a part of a farm house (a self-catering […]

The Abbazia (Abbey) of Badia a Passignano in Chianti, Italy.

Abbey of Badia a Passignano

The Badia a Passignano is located on the road running from Greve in Chianti through Montefioralle towards San Donato and Sambuca, and in fact was probably built there because of the importance of this route in mediaeval times. The Abbey is extremely photogenic from almost any angle with its walls and towers emerging from the […]

Greve in Chianti activities, castles and other sights

Piazza Matteotti in Greve in Chianti

The whole area of Chianti around Greve is packed with castles, even more so than other parts of Tuscany, in addition to walled villages such as Montefioralle, Vertine and Volpaia, fortified abbeys and farmhouses that have developed from watch towers. Day excursions taking in several of these sights add enormously to the enjoyment of a […]

Food and wine in Greve in Chianti

porchetta sandwich

Greve in Chianti is the market town of the Chianti Classico wine zone and so, not surprisingly, a great place to buy both wine and typical Chianti food products. Indeed, if you stay at an agriturismo, a working farm and usually a winery, you’ll be able to see wine during its development as well as […]

All about Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Greve in Chianti is a small and quite charming town located, unusually for a Tuscan village, on the floor of the valley of the Greve stream. It has always been a market place but only in the past few hundred years has it developed as a town. Greve is now probably the most popular centre […]

Castelnuovo Berardenga – villas, gardens and other sights

The Vicolo dell' Arco in Castelnuovo Berardennga

During the days of the Republic of Sienna, the territory or district of Berardenga was the area between the headwaters of the Bozzone torrent and the  Ambra river, and between upper Chianti and the Biena river as far as Taverne d’Arbia. Today, Castelnuovo Berardenga marks the southern limit of the Chianti Classico wine zone and […]

The Chianti town of Barberino Val d’Elsa

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Although is is mentioned in a document dating from 1054, Barberino Val d’Elsa developed as a township in the first decades of the 13 C after the Florentine destruction of the city of Semifonte in 1202. After a long siege, Semifonte was razed to the ground by Florence in 1202, and the Florentines forbade its […]

Tuscan Specialities – fashion, food and wines

Tuscan specialities

Tuscany is famous not only for fine wines and fabulous food, but also for a wide range of artisanal work, especially handmade leather fashionwear and fashion accessories. Top fashion labels are available at the famous discount fashion outlets and throughout Tuscany there are leather workshops, paper makers and binderies, gold workers and jewellers producing extremely […]

Events, festivals, fairs, exhibitions and historical re-enactments in Tuscany

Events in Tuscany

Tuscany is famous for the number and quality of its festivals and events. Why are they so many and so good? Several reasons. One is that annual folk festivals such as grape and wine festivals as well as religious holidays have lasted longer or been revived more often in Italy than in most other European […]

The wine village of Radda in Chianti, Tuscany

Radda in Chianti

Radda in Chianti, along with Gaiole and Castellina, was one of the three founding towns of the Chianti league and is to this day located on a ridge between the Val d’Arbia and the Val di Pesa, within the Chianti Classico wine zone, surrounded on all sides by cypress forests and vineyards. Radda is of […]

Impruneta and terracotta manufacture in Tuscany

Impruneta and terracotta manufacture

Impruneta is located just outside the Chianti Classico wine zone and in fact is much more famous for terracotta manufacture than for wine, despite holding on of the most entertaining grape festivals in Tuscany on the last Sunday of September. Impruneta is within easy reach of Florence by car, by bus and even by bicycle, […]

The Chianti wine village of Volpaia in Tuscany

Volpaia in the Chianti area of Tuscany

Volpaia is a picturesque fortified village in the Chianti Classico wine zone. Walled hamlets and small villages are typically referred to as castelli in Tuscany, the same term being used for castles in the more traditional sense. The entire village of Volpaia is thus often correctly referred to as the Castello di Volpaia, although that […]

The Chianti village of San Donato in Poggio, Tuscany

San Donato in Poggio in Chianti

San Donato in Poggio is a mediaeval village of great charm located near the Via Cassia, the highway that runs along the western boundary of the Chianti Classico wine zone from Florence to Sienna. In modern times, the Via Cassia has been superceded by the Florence-Sienna motorway but in fact a drive along the Via […]

Panzano, the Tuscan hilltop town in the middle of Chianti

Panzano in Chianti

Panzano in Chianti makes an ideal base for your holiday in Chianti. It is located exactly halfway between Florence and Sienna, with a comfortable bus connection to Florence (one hour). The altitude of Panzano ensures that it avoids excessive heat during the Tuscan summer. The entire surrounding territory consists of Chianti Classico vineyards, olive groves and […]

The walled mediaeval village of Montefioralle in Chianti, Italy

The "Castello" of Montefioralle near Greve in Chianti

The small village of Montefioralle is one of the best-preserved and most interesting mediaeval fortified villages in Chianti, indeed in the whole of Tuscany. The original name of Montefioralle was Monteficale – it claims an entire verse under that name in the Ninfale fiesolano, composed by Boccaccio in 1344-45. Montefioralle has a double circuit of […]

Greve in Chianti, the vacation centre of Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy

Piazza Matteotti, the main piazza of Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti, generally known simply as Greve (pronounced “greh-veh”) and often so indicated on road signs, is the tourism centre of the Chianti Classico wine area that covers most of the territory between Florence to the north and Sienna to the south. Greve in Chianti is well-connected to Florence by comfortable SITA buses but […]

Castellina in Chianti, history, accommodations and things to see

Castellina in Chianti

The town of Castellina in Chianti is one of the most popular destinations and vacation bases in Chianti. Castellina is central in terms of visits to anywhere in Chianti and the nearby areas of Tuscany, including Volterra and the Val d’Orcia, located as it is at an important crossroads on the via Chiantigiana. It is […]

Pieve a Pacina, an ancient parish church near Castelnuovo Berardenga

The parish church at Pacina (Pieve a Pacina), located near Castelnuovo Berardenga, is worth a visit by anyone interested in the Romanesque churches of Chianti. It is documented from a remarkably early date (650 AD) and has a very unusual, cylindrical campanile which is probably a remnant of the original structure. The Pieve a Pacina is an […]

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