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Events in Tuscany

Events in Tuscany

Annual Events in TuscanyEvents, festivals, fairs, exhibitions and historical re-enactments 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 [...]

The hamlet of Lucarelli in Chianti

Lucarelli in Chianti, Tuscany

Lucarelli in ChiantiWhat to see in the hamlet of Lucarelli in Chianti 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 Ristoro Lucarelli Bed & Breadfast accommodation and restaurant The [...]

Greve in Chianti activities, castles and other sights

Piazza Matteotti in Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti - things to see and doGreve in Chianti activities, architecture, villas, castles and other sights 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 [...]

Badia a Passignano

Abbey of Badia a Passignano

Badia a Passignano in ChiantiThe Abbazia (Abbey) of Badia a Passignano in Chianti, Italy. 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 [...]

San Polo in Chianti

Irises in San Polo

San Polo in ChiantiThe village of San Polo in the Chianti Classico wine zone of Tuscany, Italy San Polo in Chianti San Polo in Chianti is located in the Rubbiana valley, in the north east of Chianti, within a half hour drive of central Florence. San Polo is an ideal place to stay for anyone [...]

Barberino Val d’Elsa

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Barberino Val d'ElsaThe charming town of Barberino Val d'Elsa in the Chianti area of Tuscany 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 [...]

Catered meals at your accommodations

Panna Cotta for your dinner in Chianti

Catered meals at your Chianti vacation accommodationsChianti personal chef catering at your accommodation in Tuscany 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 [...]

Villa Vitigliano luxury villa

Vitigliano pool and daybeds

Villa Vitigliani luxury villa accommodations in ChiantiLuxury villa accommodations in Chianti with whirlpool-spa, Turkish bath (hammam), gym and swimming pool. Gourmet chef on call. 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 [...]

Radda in Chianti

Radda in Chianti

Radda in ChiantiTourist information about the wine village of Radda in Chianti, Tuscany 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 [...]

Self-catering holiday apartments in Chianti

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

Three country apartments for 2, 3 or 4 persons with swimming pool in the hills above Greve in Chianti, TuscanyCasa Mezzuola is an agriturismo in Chianti, Tuscany, that offers three apartments each for two to four persons, each with a private entrance and garden. The agriturismo forms the tiny hamlet of Mezzuola in the Chianti […]

Useful Tuscany Tourist Information

Useful tourist information

Useful Tuscany Tourist InformationUseful tips on the things of interest for every visitor to Chianti 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. View [...]

Panzano in Chianti

Panzano in Chianti

Panzano in ChiantiPanzano, the Tuscan hilltop town in the middle of 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. [...]

“Il Villino” farmhouse vacation apartments in Chianti

Il Villino vacation apartments near Castellina in Chianti

"Il Villino" farmhouse vacation apartments in ChiantiAgriturismo "Il Villino", a winery located 2 km from Castellina in Chianti, offers two vacation apartments, each for 3 (+1) persons plus a larger villa suitable for families Il Villino vacation apartments near Castellina in Chianti Agriturismo "Il Villino" is located near Castellina above the valley that runs towards [...]

Castelnuovo Berardenga

The Vicolo dell' Arco in Castelnuovo Berardennga

Castelnuovo BerardengaThings to see and do in Castelnuovo Berardenga 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 [...]

Private wine tasting and winery tours in Chianti and Tuscany

Wine tasting tours

Sunflower Tours – wine tasting toursGiovanni Sirabella is a licensed, English-speaking tour guide / driver who is familiar with a great many of the most interesting vineyards and wine-producing estates in Chianti and other parts of Tuscany. He has several itineraries ready for you, and of course will design one according to your wishes. His […]

Tuscan Specialities

Tuscan specialities

Tuscan Specialities - fashion, food and winesShopping for typical and unique items in Tuscany - fashion, leather goods, ceramics, food items and wines 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 [...]


Church of San Giusto in Volterra

VolterraVolterra, Italy, a charming mediaeval Tuscan hilltop town Volterra is a charming Tuscan hill town that was "discovered" by a popular author of travel guides a few years back and more recently became the setting for a series of vampire movies. Despite the consequent upsurge in tourism, Volterra is still a "must visit" for anyone [...]

The town of Colle di Val d’Elsa in Tuscany

Colle di Val d'Elsa

Colle di Val d'ElsaThe town of Colle di Val d'Elsa in Tuscany Colle di Val d'Elsa has a congested and uninteresting new town in the valley which often causes visitors to miss its small but attractive old town on the ridge above, overlooking the River Elsa. The main piazza of the old town of Colle [...]

Castello di Montefioralle


Holiday homes near Montefioralle in Chianti Village Apartment near Montefioralle and Greve in ChiantiCasa Forese vacation rental is an apartment for 2 adults (and 1 small child) in a recently restored house at the foot of the walls of Montefioralle. It has a large, flat, enclosed garden, an excellent location and a very reasonable price. […]

Romanesque parish churches of Chianti

San Polo in Rosso

Romanesque parish churches of ChiantiA tour of the Romanesque parish churches (pievi) of Chianti, Italy 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 [...]

Il Ferrone

antique terracotta olive oil jars

Il FerroneThe village of Il Ferrone, a major terracotta manufacturing area in Chianti 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 [...]

How to choose vacation accommodations

Travel Guide for Visitors to the Chianti Classico Wine Region of Tuscany, Italy

How to choose vacation accommodations in ChiantiWhere shall I stay during my visit to Tuscany? Where shall I stay during my visit to Tuscany? That's one of the important questions every visitor has to consider, preferably well in advance of the trip. The question actually has three aspects: where shall I base myself in Tuscany, [...]

Villa Le Barone classic luxury hotel

Chianti villa hotel

Villa Le Barone luxury hotel in ChiantiStay in an air-conditioned room or suite at one Chianti's longest-established luxury country hotels Chianti villa hotel Le Barone Hotel Villa Le Barone is one of the longest-established luxury villa hotels in Tuscany. This 4 Star hotel is situated just over 1 km from Panzano in Chianti, one of [...]

Food and wine in Greve in Chianti

porchetta sandwich

Food and wine in Greve in ChiantiTuscan specialities, food outlets and restaurants in Greve in Chianti 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 [...]

Best location for a base in Tuscany

Best base in Tuscany

Best location for a base in TuscanyBest place to base yourselves for your vacation in Tuscany Finding the best place to base yourselves for your vacation in Tuscany can play a big role in just how much you enjoy yourself while you're here. I always recommend keeping the number of places you stay to a [...]

Moving around in Chianti

Moving around Chianti

Moving around in ChiantiTips on the different forms of transport available to visitors to Chianti Visitors to Tuscany and Chianti in particular have a number of options for getting from one place to another. It's definitely possible to see a lot of Chianti without having your own car but renting a car provides much easier [...]

Owner direct vacation rentals

Owner direct vacation rental in Tuscany

Owner direct vacation rentals in TuscanyRenting your holiday accommodation directly from the owner Tuscan holiday home - rent it from the owner directly For many, probably most, visitors, we 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 [...]


Impruneta and terracotta manufacture

ImprunetaImpruneta and terracotta manufacture in Tuscany 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. Two gigantic terracotta vessels manufactured in Impruneta Impruneta is [...]

Chianti Villa Rentals

Villa to rent in Chianti

Chianti vacation villasVillas and villa vacation apartments and hotels in the Chianti Classico wine territory Vacation villa in Chianti - B&B Corte di Valle 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 [...]

The gods, goddesses and mythology of the Etruscans

Etruscan musician

The gods, goddesses and mythology of the EtruscansThe gods and goddesses and other mythological characters of the Etruscans with their Roman equivalents Many of the names listed here are Etruscan spellings (and pronunciations) of Greek and native Italic names, but some names are entirely Etruscan. An Etruscan tomb fresco Achlae: Greek river god, Achelous Achle, [...]

Chianti – what is Chianti wine?


Chianti - what is Chianti wine?Chianti wine - what is it and where does it come from? Bottles of Chianti Classico wine displaying the black rooster (gallo nero) seal. 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 [...]

About Chianti Info

Chianti tourist information

All about ChiantiAll about Chianti.Info, information portal for the Chianti Classico wine area of Tuscany Here we provide information for visitors to the Chianti area of Tuscany - a guide not only for tourists but also for residents of this part of Italy, indeed all of Italy. What makes Chianti a favoured destination? Activities, excursions, [...]

The hamlet of Lucolena in Chianti

Lucolena in Chianti

Vacation accommodation near Lucolena in Chianti La Ghiandaia vacation accommodations with swimming pool, near Lucolena in ChiantiLa Ghiandaia vacation accommodations offers five beautiful vacation apartments for 2 to 8 persons. Each apartment has a separate entrance, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and private area for outside dining. The agriturismo enjoy wonderful views of the Chianti […]

The Etruscans


The EtruscansWho were the Etruscans and where did they come from? The origins of the Etruscans - indeed almost everything about them - remains mysterious. It is even unclear when they first arrived in the Italian peninsula and whether an entire people migrated or only what became a ruling caste. Recent genetic studies of both [...]

Sights of the Chianti town of Barberino Val d’Elsa

Houses of Barberiino Val d'Elsa

Sights of the Chianti town of Barberino Val d'ElsaHere's a preview of some of the things to see in Barberino Val d'Elsa and nearby in Chianti Castello della Paneretta Barberino Val d'Elsa Barberino Val d'Elsa is located on a high ridge between the valleys of the Rivers Pesa and Elsa. Barberino owes its existence to [...]

Map of Chianti

Map of ChiantiTourist map of Chianti plus the rest of Tuscany and Umbria Click the markers on the map of Chianti for information and links to interesting localities throughout Chianti, Tuscany south of Florence and in Umbria.

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

Greve in Chianti on the flood plain of the Greve river

Val di GreveVal di Greve - the valley of the river Greve in central Tuscany 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 [...]

San Casciano in Val di Pesa

San Casciano in Val di Pesa

San Casciano in Val di PesaWhat to see and do in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Tuscany, Italy San Casciano 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 [...]

Castello di Vicchiomaggio

Castello di Vicchiomaggio

Castello di VicchiomaggioCastello di Vicchiomaggio in the Val di Greve, Chianti, Tuscany Castello di Vicchiomaggio The origins of what is today the Tuscan villa known as Castello di Vicchiomaggio are obscure. There was a military presence at this site at least as far back as the 9 - 10 C, probably initially put in place [...]

San Gimignano

San Gimignano tower houses

San GimignanoVisit the tower houses of San Gimignano, Italy San Gimignano tower houses San Gimignano, a small town in the Province of Sienna in Tuscany, Italy, is, of course, famous for its tower houses. At its peak, the richest families of San Gimignano had erected as many as 72 tower houses as symbols of their [...]

Tavarnuzze in Chianti

American World War II cemetery Florence

TavarnuzzeTavarnuzze, a Chianti town on the outskirts of 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 [...]

The Chianti village of San Donato in Poggio, Tuscany

San Donato in Poggio in Chianti

San Donato in PoggioThe Chianti village of San Donato in Poggio, Tuscany 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 [...]

Chianti tours, taxis and transfers

Tuscany transfers tours shore excursions

Sunflower Tours specialised in tours and transfers directly from Livorno cruise shipsGiovanni Sirabella is a licensed, English-speaking tour guide / driver who is familiar with a great many of the most interesting vineyards and wine-producing estates in Chianti and other parts of Tuscany. He has several itineraries ready for you, and of course will design […]

Chianti vacation rental agencies

Tuscany vacation rental agency

Toscana Casa, specialising in rental of vacation apartments, villas and holiday homes in the enchanting landscape of the Chianti area. More about Toscana Casa Chianti vacation rental accommodation.

Sambuca in Val di Pesa

Sambuca Val di Pesa Chianti Tuscany

Sambuca in Val di PesaThe historical village of Sambuca in Val di Pesa, 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 [...]

Chianti without a car

Chianti without a car

“Agriturismo Felciano” owner-direct holiday cottage near Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany • On or near Piazza Matteotti, within Greve in Chianti: Apartment “Saverio” vacation apartment for 4 (+2) persons directly on the main piazza of Greve in ChiantiApartment “Saverio” is a large and comfortable vacation apartment for 4 (+2) persons located on the first floor looking […]

Real estate for sale in Chianti

Real estate for sale in Chianti

Real estate for sale in ChiantiVillas, farmhouses, vineyards, apartments and other properties for sale in Chianti, Italy 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 [...]

Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Piazza Matteotti, the main piazza of Greve in Chianti

Greve in ChiantiGreve in Chianti, the vacation centre of Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 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 [...]

The Pleasures of Tuscan Food and Wine

Tuscan food and wine

Food and wine in TuscanyThe Pleasures of Tuscan Food and Wine One of the many pleasures of a visit to this part of the world is the chance to enjoy Tuscan food and wine in its "native environment". As everyone knows, a Tuscan meal is divided into several classical and invariant stages - antipasti, pasta, [...]

Bistecca alla Fiorentina – Florentine grilled steak

Bistecca all Fiorentina

Bistecca alla FiorentinaFlorentine grilled steak - how to prepare it, how to eat it 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 [...]

Lamole in Chianti

Lamole in Chianti

Lamole in ChiantiThe hilltop hamlet of Lamole in Chianti in central Tuscany 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. [...]

Best place to stay in the Chianti region

best place to stay in Chianti

Best place to stay in the Chianti regionThe hills around Greve and Panzano in Chianti provide best value for your vacation 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 [...]


The vineyards of Chiocchio in Chianti, Tuscany

ChiocchioThe village of Chiocchio on the road between Florence and Greve in Chianti 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 [...]

Porcini mushrooms in Chianti

porcini mushrooms

Porcini mushrooms in ChiantiCollecting, cooking and eating porcini mushrooms in Chianti, Tuscany What are porcini? 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 [...]



MontefioralleThe fortified village of Montefioralle near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany Montefioralle 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 - the village claims an entire verse under that name in the Ninfale [...]

Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico

Chianti ClassicoChianti Classico wine - the wine of the historical Chianti area of Tuscany 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 [...]

Horse & Wagon Excursion in Chianti

a horse and carriage outing in Tuscany

Horse & Wagon Excursion in ChiantiA great adventure for the children (of all ages!) - a horse and wagon outing in Chianti 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 [...]


Volpaia in the Chianti area of Tuscany

Holiday homes near Volpaia in Chianti Village vacation apartment in an old watch tower in Volpaia, ChiantiApartment “Il Cassero” is a newly-restored vacation apartment for 5 persons located in an old tower keep in Volpaia. The apartment used to be the house of the gate keeper in mediaeval times. The accommodation consists of a kitchen, […]

The best gelato in Chianti at L’ Antica Delizia

Gelateria di Castellina

The best gelato in Chianti at Gelateria di Castellina in ChiantiThe best gelato in Chianti at L' Antica Delizia, the Gelateria di Castellina in Chianti Gelateria di Castellina The ice cream (gelato) made and sold at the geletaria L' Antica Delizia in Castellina in Chianti, now renamed Gelateria di Castellina, is commonly said to be [...]

Castellina in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti

Holiday homes near Castellina in Chianti “Il Villino” Chianti vacation apartments near Castellina in ChiantiAzienda Agricola “Il Villino” is a Chianti Classico winery located 2 km from Castellina, offering two vacation apartments, each for 3 (+1) persons.The swimming pool offers a wonderful view over the valley with Sienna in the distance.The location is elevated and […]

All about Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

All about Greve in ChiantiSights of Greve in Chianti, the market town of the Chianti Classico wine zone 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 [...]

The pleasures of outdoor dining in Chianti

Dining outdoors in Chianti

The pleasures of outdoor dining in ChiantiPossibilities for eating al fresco with friends and family during your visit to 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 [...]

Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa

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

Tavarnelle in Val di PesaThe village of Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa and its surroundings in Tuscany, Italy 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. The gothic Church of [...]

Pieve a Pacina


Pieve a PacinaAn 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 History of Chianti

Historical Greve in Chianti

The History of ChiantiChianti 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 [...]