In Tuscany, between the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena, there is this stunning hill region famous all around the world for its panoramas and wines, Chianti offers many things to see and to do such as wine tastings and local products.
Here you find our suggestions to discover this enchanting region for planning your Chianti Wine Tour.
You can start your trip in Radda in Chianti, which, even today, preserves its original medieval look. The ancient walls still defend the centre and many maze-like streets.
It is really nice to get lost in Radda wandering around its medieval streets, perhaps indulging in a glass of wine while looking at the spectacular panorama of the vineyard-covered hills that surround the town.
The second stop of the day could be in Greve in Chianti. Greve is a picturesque town where you can enjoy a little free time to wind down and get a coffee, shop or just soak in the unique Italian culture of this idyllic place.
Here you can also buy a selection of typical Salumi (cured meats) from one of Italy’s most famous butchers: “Antica Macelleria Falorni“.
After that, you will reach the last stop of the day trough a scenic route considered the prettiest Chianti landscape with the cypress trees dancing up hills or running along the crest of a ridge, farmhouses tucked here and there, medieval villages everywhere, castles, vineyards, olive groves.
The last stop it will be “Villa le Corti“, the estate of one of the most ancient Italian aristocratic families.
The property with its Renaissance villa extends for about 250 hectares in the heart of the Chianti Classico. You will tour the underground cellars designed in the XVII century and enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting.
After the tasting you can have lunch in “Osteria le Corti” a typical Tuscan restaurant for a delicious gourmet lunch based on traditional recipes created with good, fresh, simple ingredients.
Here you will relax and enjoy the special light at this time of the day, adding to the unforgettable memories you will have created so far the perfect way to end the perfect day!
Chianti Wine Tour- Travel Tips
- The Chianti area promises a wide array of photo possibilities and, of course, wine tasting opportunities. Take your time navigating the roads between one town and the next and stop at any of those intriguing signs that say “vendita diretta” which means they sell directly to the public.
- If you don’t have a car or you simply don’t want to mix drinking & driving you can reach wine cellars by taking the bus from Florence.
Visit “Castello Vicchiomaggio” located in Greve in Chianti, about 20 km from Florence. Here, in this elegant historic castle, are organized daily guided tours and tastings
- For a romantic dinner: Try “Uscio & Bottega Restaurant”-Castellina in Chianti. You will love the secluded position of this restaurant, in the middle of the Chianti hills, with a quaint little church next door, a country looking outdoor terrace yet a distinctly modern, open and fresh interior. Their menu changes daily depending on the fresh foods available and the season. It’s quiet, relaxing and special for a romantic tête–à–tête.
- Moving by car or motorcycle is the easiest ways to discover Chianti. You can experience its essence, taste its flavour and stay in one of many Tuscan farmhouses that gently lie on these hills.
- Live an authentic experience during your Chianti Wine Tour: spend a night in the classic Tuscan farmhouse, a symbol of the rustic simple beauty of Tuscany. Stay at “Viticcio Farmhouse”- Greve in Chianti: 9 full service holiday rentals which vaunt a casual Tuscan style decor, with full access to a saltwater pool, a garden with kids games and an American style BBQ in each apartment’s outdoor space.