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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  • Day38

    Chianti drive

    September 2, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    The heart of Tuscany as some say. Rolling hills with wineyards, olive trees and castles(or what is left of them). What an amazing sights. Wow. Just wow. We really had to stop every few kilometers just to take in the views. From here comes the original Chianti wine, if you were wondering :) For real classic type of wine look for the black rooster sticker on the bottle. You're welcome :)

    For anybody who wants to explore and see the real Tuscany, just take the S222 road from Florence to Siena (possibly make the circle as al the roads are very scenic). Prepare to be amazed.
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  • Day63

    Wine tasting

    September 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    When you leave the kids in the car and nip for a quick wine tasting session 👌🏿

  • 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

  • Day49

    Le Chianti

    April 22 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Nous avons sillonné la route de Sienne à Florence à travers ses collines bien peignées de vignes.
    Est-ce dû à Pâques, ou bien au lundi? Toujours est-il que nombre de domaine et de restaurant était fermé et nous a privé d'une dégustation en bonne et dûe forme. Heureusement que nous avions une bouteille de Chianti en réserve pour accompagner notre déjeuner pris dans le camping-car 🍷🍷Read more

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