The lazy days of summer have arrived in Chianti and whilst we are all adjusting to the new normal of social distancing, there are still many wonderful things to do and see at this time of the year in the heart of Tuscany.

We begin in Piazza Matteoti, where Greve life, chatter and trade have centred for the past 500 years.  If you happen to be passing on the 4th Sunday of the month, there is a wonderful organic farmers’ market, which is very much worth a visit.  To escape the sun’s rays, in the far corner of the piazza is the church of Santa Croce, home to a few interesting works from the Fra Angelico school or, alternatively, the shops and cafes offer a perfect spot to watch the world go by.

Less than fifteen minutes away is the beautiful market town of Panzano, home to the famous butcher Dario Cecchini (https://www.dariocecchini.com/en/) and the important Romanesque church of San Leolino.  Stroll through the old village at an altitude of 500m, where there is typically a gentle breeze and you can enjoy a lunch or aperitivo at one of our very favourite restaurants, Enoteca Baldi (http://enotecabaldipanzano.blogspot.com/), a well-known haunt for wine lovers (they offer our wines of course!), located right at the heart of Panzano.

For contemporary art lovers wishing to spend a couple of hours in the open air, we recommend the Chianti Sculpture Park, located in the shade of a mature forest between Vagliagli and Pievasciata  (around 15km south of Castellina in Chianti).  A selection of international artists is represented here interplaying nature and art, making this a family-friendly activity.

Local crafts are still very much alive in Chianti and now more than ever, artisans appreciate your interest.  Impruneta (about 20 minutes north of Greve), is the place to find the best terracotta urns and vases.  San Casciano is where you find master woodworkers and in particular frame makers. Both Radda and Castellina in Chianti are notable for ceramics and of course on our doorstep in Greve in Chianti, there are the most expertly woven baskets.

Of course, no trip to the Chianti Classico region would be complete without a bespoke wine tasting. We are so pleased to have reopened for visits and we look forward to welcoming you to Montecalvi. Please get in touch with Jackie to make an appointment jbolli@montecalvi.com.

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