The pleasures of outdoor dining 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 a rental villa, farm house or apartment. Almost all of the accommodations that we advertise on this web site, including even the Bed & Breakfasts, offer facilities for dining al fresco – shaded terraces, gazebos, tables and chairs, barbeques etc. If you rent an entire house with a good kitchen, you can even have a private chef come for the afternoon to prepare a traditional Tuscan meal for you.

Dining outdoors in Chianti

A family meal in progress on the terrace of Villa Felceto near Panzano in Chianti

In addition, always keep your eyes open for this word on posters stuck up on walls in the area you’re staying in: “rione” – this word refers to a quarter or district of a village or town and usually means that the quarter is organising a fair or similar and this often includes a chance to try local Chiantigiani culinary specialities. One such festa is Cuochi e Beccai, held in Greve in Chianti during early October. This outdoor dining event is dedicated to Tuscan beef dishes, including bistecca alla fiorentina from Chianina oxen.

Cuochi e Beccai festa Greve in Chianti

Bistecca alla fiorentina grilling at the Cuochi e Beccai festa in Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Indeed, sometimes an event organised by a rione is simply a public dinner such as are held every year in Montefioralle. Never miss the opportunity to participate in one of these dinners. The food is good, the price low and the company great!

rione dinner in Montefioralle

An outdoors dinner organised by the Rione Montefioralle

Check my list of recommended holiday accommodation in Chianti for places to stay that offer facilities for dining outdoors – almost all of them do.

Elena Spolaor

Elena Spolaor

About Elena Spolaor

Although Elena was born in Venice, she was brought up in Tuscany and is a historian and frequent contributor to online articles about life in Tuscany and Umbria. Her specialities are Tuscan and Umbrian local history and folklore.

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