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Chianti is not just the name of a wine but also of one of the most popular areas of Tuscany for a wonderful vacation. Here we provide tourist information on places to stay in and near Greve in Chianti, plus things to see and activities for your visit to Greve in Chianti and the entire Chianti Classico wine zone. Because of its central location, Greve in Chianti makes an excellent base for your holiday in Tuscany, allowing you to see almost any part of Tuscany during a day excursion by car or bus and train.

The towns, the castles & the vineyards of Chianti
Only a few regions can offer such a beautiful and rich panorama as Chianti Classico: green hills sketched by miles and miles of vineyards and olive groves, ancient walled villages, panoramic curvy roads and historic castles and fortresses.
Chianti Classico spreads from Florence to Siena and includes the municipalities of Greve, Panzano, Radda, Gaiole, Castellina and Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Chianti, in Tuscany region of Italy, is the Classico wine region of the region of Tuscany.
Located between the “art cities” of Florence to the north and Sienna to the south.
Chianti provides an ideal place to stay for visits to these cities and to Lucca and Pisa, as well as for excursions to view the towns, villages, castles and gardens of Tuscany.
Dining out in Chianti is inexpensive compared with most other tourist destinations in Europe and if you stay in the country or rent an apartment in town, your accommodation will most likely be self-catering.
This doesn’t mean you have to cook a dinner from the ground up every night.
Supermarkets, other speciality food outlets and weekly open air markets offer a very good range of freshly cooked food as well as a large range of cold cuts and cheeses that you can take home for dinner on your own terrace.
The Chianti countryside is famous for its gentle hills and characteristic combination of vineyards, olive groves and forests, dotted with red-tiles farmhouses, mediaeval churches and towers, abbeys, castles and magnificent villas.
In addition to great places to stay, Chianti offers a wonderful range of things to do including wine tours, beaches, hot air ballooning, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, shopping, photography and so on and on.

Chianti Classico road & What to Taste in Chianti
Chianti Classico wine is made in the area between Firenze and Siena (known as Chianti area), specifically in the countryside of Barberino Val d’Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Poggibonsi, Radda in Chianti, San Casciano Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.
The Chianti Classico Road covers the area that roughly starts off in Florence and ends in Siena.
This map will guide you along the wine road and to suggested tasting spots ! (Don't Drink and Drive!)
Chianti Classico DOCG red wine made from 80% Sangiovese red grapes and other local red grapes: Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Minimum required maturation for the Riserva (the top version) is 24 months, including three months of bottle refining.
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is made exclusively from a winery’s own grapes grown in its finest vineyards according to strict regulations that make it a truly premium wine.
Chianti Classico DOP Olive Oil characterized by a good fruity flavour, with notes of raw artichoke, freshly cut grass and a delectably spicy aftertaste.
Cold cuts: Tuscan ham, soprassata, buristo (sweet blood pudding) and finocchiona (salami seasoned with fennel seeds).
The native pig breed, Cinta Senese, is highly prized, the only one to survive extinction and now regarded as one of the finest species.
Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC is produced with white Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes that have been partially dried before pressing.

A Chianti Road trip will give you the opportunity to enjoy one of Tuscany’s most charming landscapes.
And a drive along the Chiantigiana Road (SR222) that winds its way amongst rolling hills and silvery olive groves, is one of the most magnificent of them all.
Along this route, the colours of the countryside are magnificent in every season.
In spring poppies and lilies dot the fields.
In summer the vineyards are at their peak, and by autumn they start to paint the landscape with every shade of orange and red. You’ll savour all the different shades of green too.
The silvery green of the olive trees, the intense and vivid green of the grass and the vines in summer, and the darker shades of the woods.

Top Towns to Visit in Chianti Classico
There are many towns and hamlets that are scattered throughout the area known as Chianti, however, this article refers to those specified in a zone called "Chianti Classico", the oldest and most genuine area in the Chianti region.
Greve in Chianti town - Considered by many as the doorway into Chianti.
This lively town is famous for its particularly shaped piazza or square which has served as a marketplace for the castles and walled villages in the surroundings since the Middle Ages.
Panzano in Chianti Town - Often referred to as just "Panzano", this is the most populous town in Chianti and sits just a few kilometers south of Greve.
Since the 12th century, Panzano played an important defensive role for Florence and the area it controlled.
Castellina in Chianti - Moving towards Siena you'll reach Castellina in Chianti which dates back to the Etruscans, as attested by the Etruscan tombs of Montecalvario.
Radda in Chianti - Leaving the Chiantigiana road and taking the SR429 you will find Radda in Chianti, which, even today, preserves its original medieval look. The ancient walls still defend the center and many maze-like streets.
Gaiole in Chianti - Not far from the Radda and the Castle of Volpaia stands Gaiole in Chianti, another town dating back to the Middle Ages.
Castelnuovo Berardenga - The southernmost tip of the Chianti Classico area often gets lost in the excitement of the first few towns. However, it offers many surprises.
Castelnuovo Berardenga, founded in 1366, was located on the border between Florence and Siena.

Today, visitors arrive in Chianti to visit the many historical remains, wander the well-preserved Mediaeval towns, sample the region’s acclaimed cuisine and taste the famous Chianti wines.
As might be expected in a region so well known for its wine production, many thousands visit Chianti every year for the sole purpose of wine tasting.
Vineyards, farms and wine cellars are everywhere and so numerous that they are almost impossible to avoid.
There are many organised tours on offer to visitors which range from a few hours to days long.
Alternatively you can plan your own wine tasting tour taking in any particular area or wineries that most interest you.
Free information is available from Chianti tourist information offices with regard to this which include suggested itineraries and maps.

The Castle village
Montefioralle, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of Italy, dominates the upper valley of the river Greve, in the heart of Tuscany's much-loved Chianti.
The village developed in rings around an old fortress and was once contained within not one, but two, perimeter walls.
Over the centuries, the village spread beyond the walls to occupy the lower slopes of the hill, thus creating the town of Greve in Chianti.
The poetic butcher
Known for his spontaneous recitals of Dante Alighieri's most famous verses and his colorful odes to beefsteak, Dario Cecchini has been running the Antica Macelleria Cecchini, in the tiny town of Panzano in Chianti, for 35 years.
The wine baron
In the town of Gaiole in Chianti, on the border between the territories of Siena and Florence, Castello di Brolio is the head quarters of Italy's oldest winery: Barone Ricasoli.
Over the centuries, the fortified residence has been attacked, reconstructed and enlarged on various occasions and yet, ever since 1141, has remained the sole property of the Ricasoli family.
Abbey art
Just a few kilometers from Tavernelle Val di Pesa, on a branch of the ancient Strada Senese del Sambuco, (the road which, until the 13th century, the Florentines used to travel to Siena), travelers find the Badia di Passignano.
Chianti in the bookshop
As they travel back towards Florence, wine buffs should be sure to stop off in the town of San Casciano.
This is where, for years, Carlo Lotto has been filling the shelves of his bookshop with bottles of prestigious Tuscan and Italian wines and a fascinating collection of books exploring the wonderful world of viniculture.

Chiantishire is a nickname for an area of Tuscany region of Italy, where many upper-class British citizens have moved or usually spend their holidays.
The word is a late 20th century neologism and derives from Chianti, a red wine produced in central Tuscany, in particular in the provinces of Siena and Florence.
The location rose to prominence in the UK in the mid 1990s when then Prime Minister Tony Blair chose it as one of his preferred summer retreats.
Celebrities who have owned properties in the area include Sting, Bryan Ferry, Antonio Banderas and Richard Gere.

Pochi territori possono offrire un panorama così ricco e suggestivo come quello del Chianti Classico
Verdi colline disegnate da chilometri e chilometri di vigneti e oliveti, borghi stretti tra ampie mura medievali, strade sinuose, castelli e fortezze.
Il Chianti detto Classico è quello che si estende tra Firenze e Siena e comprende per intero i comuni di Greve, Panzano, Gaiole, Radda, Castellina e Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Greve in Chianti - considerata la porta d'ingresso del Chianti. Questa vivace cittadina è famosa per la sua particolare piazza, che sin dal medioevo era il mercatale dei borghi, castelli e fattorie dei poggi circostanti.
Panzano in Chianti - A pochi chilometri da Greve si trova Panzano, popoloso paese del Chianti.
Sin dal XII secolo Panzano ha svolto un ruolo importante nella difesa dei territori di Firenze.
Castellina in Chianti - Proseguendo verso Siena si trova Castellina in Chianti, le cui origini sono antichissime, come testimonia le tombe etrusche di Montecalvario.
Radda in Chianti - Lasciando la via Chiantigiana e prendendo la statale SR429 si raggiunge Radda in Chianti che conserva il suo originale aspetto medievale.
Gaiole in Chianti - Non lontano da Radda si trova il paese di Gaiole in Chianti, le cui origini risalgono al Medioevo.
Gaiole in Chianti per la sua posizione a metà strada tra il Chianti e il Valdarno era diventato un'importante luogo di mercato dei vari castelli circostanti.
Castelnuovo Berardenga - La parte più a sud dell'area del Chianti Classico rimane spesso all'ombra della frenesia e della curiosità delle prime località che si incontrano entrando nella regione, ma ciononostante, offre comunque inaspettate sorprese.

Chianti Fiorentino
Curiosi di sapere cosa vedere nel Chianti? Partendo dalla perte nord. Il settentrione del Chianti è rappresentato dai comuni di San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle e Barberino Val d’Elsa.
Chianti senese
Il meridione del Chianti annovera 4 comuni in provincia di Siena: Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti e Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Nel tratto di strada che collega Poggibonsi a Castellina in Chianti si trovano i ruderi di Monteranno, castello nominato fin dal 1089, senza dubbio uno dei più imponenti e vasti edifici della Valdelsa.
La quattrocentesca Rocca Comunale di Castellina sovrasta il centro storico. All’interno, il Museo Etrusco conserva numerosi reperti rinvenuti in queste zone.
Poco distante troviamo l’Ipogeo del Monte Calvario, un’imponente tomba etrusca considerata come la più importante del territorio del Chianti.
La Chiantigiana è una delle strade più belle d’Italia.
Attraversa tutto il Chianti da Firenze a Siena, e seguirne il percorso è un buon modo per scoprirne il territorio.
Partendo da Firenze, s’imbocca la SS 222 in direzione Greve in Chianti.
Il paese è una della porte di accesso alla zona del Chianti Classico e merita una visita.
La piazza centrale è molto bella coi suoi porticati e i suoi pittoreschi ristorantini.
Vicinissimo c’è Montefioralle, castello-fortezza medievale risalente al 12° secolo, uno dei più antichi dell’area.
Vale la pena visitare anche il Castello da Verrazzano e fare un tour della cantina.

Le Cantine del Chianti Chiantishire
Grandi aziende e artigiani del vino impegnati attivamente nella valorizzazione di un territorio che tutto il mondo ci invidia.
Tra antiche vigne, coltura biologica e biodinamica, cantine all'avanguardia architettonica ed energetica, producono Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano
Richard Gere, Antonio Banderas, Sting e Bryan Ferry.
Sono solamente alcuni dei tanti vip di fama mondiale che, folgorati dal fascino delle dolci colline e dai vini di qualità sopraffina, hanno deciso di acquistare proprietà immobiliari in Toscana, in particolare nelle province di Firenze e Siena, una fascia di territorio molto cara all’upper-class anglofona con un soprannome particolare, ma sicuramente evocativo: Chiantishire.

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Chianti Wine Tours - Wineries to Visit in Chianti
Enjoy the Wine tasting tours in the best wineries of Chianti, Brunello and Nobile di Montepulciano ..and more! Here few suggestions...
Castello di Nipozzano - Built to guard Florence, great artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi regularly purchased wine from the estate.
It was destroyed in 1944, but has been partially rebuilt and you can still view the original cellar at the Renaissance villa.
Capezzana - Historic, rustic, cellar tour with all the traditional wines on show from the Carmignano DOCG.
Just a few miles from Florence, towards Prato, is Capezzana. The estate has been producing wine and extra-virgin olive oil since 804.
More recently, the Contini Bonaccossi family has been running the estate since the 1920s.
Antinori Chianti Classico - Slick architecture and a modern wine tour from one of Tuscany’s most historic families.
Less than 20km from the heart of Florence, right off the main highway going to Siena, is the stunning new Antinori Chianti Classico winery.
Castello di Ama - Legendary Chianti wine estate, full of history mixed with contemporary art
When Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti started Castello di Ama a little over 35 years ago, the hamlet and its vineyards and olive groves were in a state of abandon....
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Tour di Degustazioni nelle Cantine, i migliori vini della Toscana
Entra direttamente nelle cantine e dai piccoli produttori di Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, potrai assaporare il gusto unico di un vino inconfondibile.
Potrai visitare i vigneti e scoprire l’arte del vino come si faceva una volta, ma che si fa anche tutt’ora.

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