If you are dreaming of a day winding through the picturesque Chianti hills
and enjoying some of the sweetest villages Tuscany has to offer,
this excursion is for you!
After a mere 45 minutes on the highway you will find yourself on the Chianti Wine Road amidst the lush, rolling countryside, artfully etched with vineyards, orchards, farmhouses, and cypress trees.
The villages on our itinerary will give you an array of architectural eye-candy and a glimpse into Italy's past, covering the gamut from the Etruscans to the Romans to the Medieval.
We begin with Badia a Passignano, noted for its abbey built by Vallumbrosan monks in the 11th century, and Montefioralle, a Medieval borgo deemed “one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy”.The morning concludes in the capital of the region, Greve in Chianti, with its lovely porticoes and an array of interesting shops and boutiques. History buffs will note the monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the explorer of the Atlantic coast of North America who discovered, among other things, the Hudson River.
For lunch we recommend Ristoro di Lamole where the service and food and view are all spectacular. For more info on the restaurant, please visit www.ristorodilamole.it.
After lunch we'll visit Volpaia, with it's impeccably restored and maintained vernacular architecture of early Tuscany, and (time permitting) Castellina in Chianti, which boasts both Etruscan and Roman roots.
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All tours are private and customizable.
All driver-guides speak English.
Private local guides are available for additional cost.
Food, beverages, entrance fees and gratuities (10%-15% common) are not included.
To enter churches you should have knees and shoulders covered. Sturdy walking shoes are advised; surfaces of streets and sidewalks can be uneven.