Greve in Chianti

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  • Day285

    Greve in Chianti

    April 7, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Setting off early we plotted a course via Sienna. We'd hoped to find somewhere to park up and look around its beautiful piazza but the road leading to our planned parking spot was closed and van sized spaces were at a premium anywhere within cycling distance of the centre, so we drove on. On the approach to Sienna, the countryside had changed. The hilly terrain of the area known as the Crete seemed more tame and lush than we'd been used to, although there was still evidence of landslips. Small watercourses wound their way in and out of view irrigating the forests and fields.

    We were impressed with the free stopover at Greve in Chianti. The rich vegetation of Tuscany seemed to be accompanied by an increase in affluence of those living there, as compared to those further south. The paved car park was well maintained, with a kerb dividing it from a grass border, covered in daisies and other wildflowers. There were emptying and filling facilities in a good state of repair as well as a full set of recycling bins. It sat in the shadow of a low hill growing Chianti vines and we could hear horses neighing in a nearby field. Access the village was via a riverside walkway that passed by a well equipped play park.

    There weren't many vans when we arrived, but being the start of the Easter holidays, it busied up soon enough. There were Italians, Germans, Swedish, Belgians, Dutch and of course us Brits staying over. Children were staying in a few of the vans and used the space to play on their bikes and scooters. After spending so much time touring in the winter when we were often the only van around, we were struck by a sense of security in numbers and a community feel, staying alongside so many other vans just outside this village. A book called The Spirit Level writes about how equality is better for everyone and we guess that the ease we felt staying here had a lot to do with seeing that the residents had good facilities.
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  • Day14

    Road trip: Chianti

    August 6, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Kraj Chianti se rozprostírá mezi Florencií a Sienou a vypadá úplně jinak než naše předchozí vinařská oblast v okolí vesnice Barolo. Je tu daleko více olivových hájů a lesů. A téměř každý penzion má krásný bazén. 😃 Víno Chianti patří opět mezi červená vína a my už máme pocit, že jsme se tu červeného nějak přepili, ačkoliv jsme jej zas tak moc nevypili...😇 Celkově lze říci, že tento kraj nám přišel zatím na pohled i pocitově nejkrásnější. Možná to bylo tím, že tady již vypukl podzim a listí se krásně barví. Ve zvlněné krajině se střídají olivové háje s vinohrady a silnice jsou lemovány majestátnými cypřiši. Lidé jsou zde pohodoví, beze spěchu. Ano, tady by se dalo žít (až na to vedro a červené víno 😃). Bravo, Toskánsko!Read more

  • Day10

    Explore Chianti- Castello di Verzzanno

    June 28, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Late start to the day. Spent most of the day in Chianti at a beautiful winery on top of a hill. The winery tour was very informative about Chianti wines. The lunch after the tour was spectacular and very possible the best meal we have eaten so far. On top of the food, the dining room offered amazing views of the vineyard. It was three course preset menu. The Salami platter was good with the pork cheek the best of all the meats. The pure Balsamic vinegar that they served was wonderful. It takes about 10 years to get the best quality. The ones that we buy at most grocery stores are commercially produced and taste very acidic but this one seemed less acidic and quite sweet with no added sugars. The Salami was followed by pasta in marinara sauce followed by pork / wild boar chops. They served us unlimited wine 3 different reds and a couple of white. All that wine made us a bit too happy and we left our backpack with passports at the winery. Luckily 10 minutes into our drive back to Florence we realized our bag was missing and we went back to the winery. We had loved our afternoon and wanted to return in the future but didn’t expect it to be so soon.

    We went back to our flat and slept for a few hours. In the evening we had dinner close to our flat. Our most relaxing day of the trip.
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  • Day74

    Chianti Wine Tour

    July 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We took the opportunity today to do a wine tour of the Chianti region tour the Curious appetite gourmet tour company. We started with a quick stop to take in the amazing view over Florence from the “fake David” as it’s commonly known. We then travelled in the countryside where the scenery became picture perfect with rolling hills and tall thin Cypress trees. Our first stop of the day was a beautiful little village called Greve where we had some time to walk around the historic square to explore the shops and have a coffee. We then travelled just outside the main village to a tiny vineyard called Castellinuzza Piucca which only produces 2500 bottles per year where we first had a tour of their cellar and then had a fantastic lunch and wine tasting overlooking the beautiful rolling hills. On our way to the next vineyard we stopped off at a tiny little village called Montefioralle which only has a wine shop, bar and a restaurant. The Main Street in the village can only be accessed by foot and was so peaceful and tourist free apart from us! The next and final stop was at Solatione vineyard where we had a lovely tour from the owner Elisabetta followed by tasting and purchases to ship back home! It was then back to Florence where stopped off at a wine bar for a glass of red to top us up followed by a stroll around Florence and pizza.Read more

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