The food and wine tours
in the Chianti
region of the Tuscan countryside are part of one of the most beautiful and famous landscapes in the world. Kilometre after kilometre, it offers visitors evidence of its Etruscan and Roman history
and of the changing occured during the wars between Siena and Florence during the Middle Age, in order to conquer the region.
The passion and dedication of the people who have lived and worked here have made this territory full of rich and evocative panorama even today, with sprawling expanses of vineyards
and olive groves
, narrow streets and medieval villages
that have been perfectly preserved.
The Chianti Road
connects various municipalities, stretching from Florence to Siena
, all of which are dotted with wineries
and oil producers
, tourist accommodation, restaurants and craftsmen that are all pursuing the same objective: that of developing the area as a whole while respecting its individual characteristics.
GREVE IN CHIANTI REGION
We suggest beginning your tour exploring the Chianti region in Greve
, a town that is only 20km from Villa I Barronci
. It is famous for its unique piazza, which was the market for the surrounding villages, castles and farms built in the Middle Age. It also offers many opportunities to try numerous traditional products from the Chianti region. What’s more, the Wine Museum
is also located here.
PANZANO IN THE CHIANTI REGION
By continuing in the direction of Siena, you will get to Panzano. Here you can visit the Castle that was fundamental in defending the Florence territory from the 12th century onwards.
Strolling through the ancient village, you can stop for a glass of wine in one of the many wine bars
and try a classic Florentine
steak at the famous Antica Macelleria Cecchini
, with verses from the Divine Comedy lauded in the background.
RADDA IN CHIANTI REGION
This village may be the one that has best preserved its original medieval appearance. Still protected by walls, the centre of the town spreads out into concentric narrow streets, where the Palazzo del Podestà
stands out with its 51 coats of arms on the façade, recalling the chief magistrates that followed on from one another over the years. You can also visit Volpaia Castle
, which is only 10 minutes away by car, a tourist village where wine tasting reigns supreme.
Lovely peaceful place to stay
We picked this hotel for us to spend a few nights while we visited Florence as we wanted somewhere out in the countryside. The staff were very helpful and did what they could to tell us where things were and how to get to places as we didn't have a hire car. It is about a 20 minute walk into the town centre from the villa along a road which is not ideal, if you don't have a hire car it does make getting around quite difficult as it is quite far away from everything.
There was a bus than ran hourly into Florence which was good, and the Villa had bikes to borrow free of charge, which we did and cycled to the next village.
Overall, the food was fantastic, beautiful setting, great staff and nice rooms. I would recommend. "