The Chianti region

Where: Greve in Chianti and Chianti region
Duration: About 7 hours
Type of service: Car rent with driver
Departure place: By choice
Number of participants: 1-8 persons

Greve (re-named in 1972 Greve in Chianti) is situated on the Via Chiantigiana, the road which links Firenze with Siena and passes through the beautiful and unspoilt scenery of the Chianti region.

Since Medieval times the history of Greve has been linked to its principal piazza which has always been the setting for markets. The small town depended on the Castle of Montefioralle, but thanks to its position (it is situated at a point where the roads leading to Valdarno, the Greve Valley and the road to Florence through the Chianti region leading to the Senese were linked), it became the principal market place in the area. The piazza, with its characteristic elongated, triangular form, is for the main part circled by irregular arcades. On one side of the piazza there is the parish church dedicated to the Santa Croce (XI century).

The Chianti region is one of the most famous areas in the world for the production of wine. The Chianti ‘classico’ is one of Italy’s finest and most famous wines.

Geographically, the area where the vineyards are cultivated (almost entirely on hills) is in central Tuscany, which lies between the provinces of Florence and Siena and considered as having the oldest origins in the ambit of the production of Chianti.

The production of Chianti covers a vast area which includes not only the provinces of Florence and Siena, but also the provinces of Arezzo to the east of the Chianti area, Pisa and Pistoia to the west and Prato to the north.

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