Chianti’s Charming Villages
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!
A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
While Chianti is spectacular it should be noted that there is a fair bit of driving involved to get there and back (about 90 minutes going and 2 hours coming back). For a Medieval experience with less driving we recommend Volterra by itself (also a nice choice for a shorter touring day) or combined with San Gimignano.
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. (This service can be customized in a number of ways; please write or call to discuss.)
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” will transport you back in time to the Medieval. Greve in Chianti, on the other hand, offers a Renaissance architectural esthetic, and in the main piazza with its lovely porticoes you will find an array of shops (including some noteworthy food 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. The cost of lunch is not included but we’ll be happy to make a reservation for you. 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.
DURATION: 9 hrs
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