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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Funghi porcini chiantigiani – collecting and eating porcini

porcini mushrooms

Funghi porcini, commonly referred to simply as “porcini” (“piglets”, probably based on their appearance; singular “porcino”) are large, edible mushrooms of the species Boletus edulis. English speakers often refer to them as “porcini mushrooms“. Common names for Boletus edulis vary by region. The word “porcino” is Tuscan and hence standard Italian, and reflects the latin […]

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 […]

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 village of Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa and its surroundings in Tuscany, Italy

The parish church (pieve) of San Pietro in Bossolo near Tavarnelle

Tavarnelle is mostly modern architecturally but is the location of the Church of Santa Lucia al Borghetto, the most interesting architectural sight within Tavarnelle itself, being a rare example of Tuscan Gothic architecture. In the environs of Tavarnelle, the highly attractive Romanesque parish church of San Pietro in Bossolo contains interesting works of art and […]

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 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 […]

Improve your Italian with lessons from a professional Italian language teacher in Tuscany during your vacation.

Italian lessons in Tuscany

Why not learn some Italian or improve your Italian skills during your holiday in Tuscany? Italian lessons in Italy Lorella Federico offers Italian lessons at all levels for individuals and small groups visiting Chianti. Lorella, who is a professionally trained Italian language teacher, lives in Panzano in Chianti. You can attend lessons at her location […]

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 […]

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 […]

Useful Tuscany Tourist Information

Useful tourist information

Visitors to Tuscany are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to see and do in this beautiful region of Italy. And there are a few things to be aware of in terms of having your vacation tarnished. Events in Tuscany – fairs and festivals, large and small, plus costume re-enactments are frequent in […]

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 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 […]

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