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From Florence to Siena in the Chianti hills along the panoramic 222

Just outside Florence to Siena until you get lulled by the gentle hills of Chianti: a trip outside the city full of surprises. Submit your Travel Diary! A curve after another, up and down the slopes along the scenic route 222, a bit ‘like the Tuscan version of Route 66. It is the Chiantigiana along which you will discover medieval villages, castles and ancient buildings. With some ad hoc stop to taste a good glass of red.

You can wander around by car, but also riding on two wheels: there are in fact variants suitable for dirt bike leading up to Siena. This is the land of Chianti, the first, the original: the area was bounded by a ministerial decree in 1932 and since then the boundaries have remained unchanged. The first village we meet, left Florence, Greve in Chianti where it is worth penetrate to reach the “Mercatale ‘or Piazza Matteotti, the characteristic shape of a funnel. To visit the Wine Museum (, open by appointment, which collects a hundred years.

The second leg of the tour is Panzano in Chianti, dominated by its castle, do not get out of here before we have gone from Ancient Butcher Cecchini ( get in line and enjoy the best burger ever tasted listening to some The Divine Comedy. The Butcher of home, including a cut of a Florentine and the other, suddenly gets to sing Dante, a good Tuscan what it is.

The journey continues along the Chiantigiana to get to Castellina in Chianti, a delightful town of Etruscan origin and protected by the walls of the imposing Rocca. Leave your car and walk along the route of the Via delle Volte, you will discover unique views. Enter through the door also of the Church of San Salvatore and grainy eyes in front of the ancient buildings.

Returning to Florence is worth visiting the medieval town of Barberino Val d’Elsa, which is accessed through the large fortified gates, within which soar like towers of the old houses. A Greve in Chianti you can visit the Church of Saint Lucia al Borghetto and in the charming village of San Casciano Val di Pesa you can take a walk in the city center to admire are evidence of its medieval history.

Throughout the journey, up and down the hills, to keep company there are rows of vines. Inevitable encounter, here in the land of Chianti, in cellars and wineries where you can taste the best of the production. In Greve in Chianti are concentrated the best: at the winery Querciabella ( can participate in a guided tour and do a tasting of 4 different wines (and with 20 € you bring home a bottle).


In the beautiful estate of Castellare de ‘Noveschi ( everything smells of Tierra del Chianti in the picturesque wine cellars are offered to guests not simply tasting, but also “Bathrooms to Wine,” a re-enactment of the perfect wine therapy. Here you can also sleep, perhaps in the “Suite of Bacchus’ just to stay on topic.

A Vigna Maggio (, a beautiful house where not surprisingly they filmed the movie “Much Ado About Nothing ‘, we organize daily guided tasting with a visit to the winery and gardens.

The Castello di Verrazzano ( offers a visit to the historic wine cellars with wine tasting and typical Tuscan products.


For info:

Where to Sleep:

Villa Bordoni
A luxurious country house transformed into a beautiful hotel by Sir English, David Gardner. Double from 390 € with breakfast.
Via San Cresci 31/32, Loc Mezzuola, Greve in Chianti, tel. 055-8547453,
Piccolo Hotel San Valentino
An elegant, cozy hotel protected by the forest in the area of the Crete Senesi. Offers nine rooms elegantly furnished rooms that overlook a large courtyard. Double room from € 88 including breakfast. Adjoining the restaurant with typical Tuscan dishes: by tasting the pecorino of Pienza, the toast and sausages, chick peas, and grilled meat.
Sp 451 of Monte Oliveto, Asciano, tel. 0577-707153,

Where to eat:

Ristorante La Torre di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
In a picturesque place within the tower located at the main entrance of the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is the restaurant, where the family Giustarini. Here you eat the real Ribollita, pici with garlic, spelled, good steak, real crostini. A greedy stop which is also the opportunity to visit the beautiful Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
Loc Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Asciano, tel. 0577-707022