There is a vacation mood in Chianti, and as we adjust to this new way of life while keeping our distance, Tuscany continues to offer many things to do and places to visit.
We start from Piazza Matteotti, in the center of Greve in Chianti, where most of the stores and establishments are concentrated and also a gathering place for villagers for at least 500 years If you happen to spend the 4th Sunday of the month, you will find a delightful organic market not to be missed. On the shady tip of the square, we find the Church of the Holy Cross. In its cool interior, among the works to be appreciated are some works from the school of Fra Angelico. Alternatively, the many bars and restaurants surrounding the square provide a front row seat from which to watch the hustle and bustle.
Less than fifteen minutes away is the charming village of Panzano, home of renowned butcher Dario Cecchini (https://www.dariocecchini.com/en/) and the Romanesque church of San Leolino. If you take a walk along the old part that reaches an elevation of 500 meters, a pleasant cool breeze will often accompany you. Stop for lunch or an aperitif at one of our favorite restaurants, Enoteca Baldi (http://enotecabaldipanzano.blogspot.com/), a destination for many wine lovers (clearly they have our wines, too!), located in the heart of Panzano.
For modern art lovers happy to spend a couple of hours outdoors, we recommend visiting the Chianti Sculpture Park, located within a centuries-old forest between Vagliagli and Pievasciata (about 15Km south of Castellina in Chianti). A selection of international artists have created works that interchange between nature and art, making it an enjoyable place for the whole family.
Handicrafts are still a vital sector in Chianti, and now more than ever, your interest is appreciated. At Impruneta (about 20 minutes north of Greve), you can find beautiful terracotta pots and jars. In San Casciano, on the other hand, you will find frame workshops. Both Radda and Castellina in Chianti, are known for pottery, while our own Greve in Chianti is the place for wicker baskets.
No visit to Chianti Classico is complete without a bespoke wine tasting. We are overjoyed to have reopened our doors and look forward to welcoming you to Montecalvi.