A special itinerary of deliciousness and charm
The Chiantigiana road runs between Florence and Siena’s provinces, slipping through Chianti’s hills and their expansive vineyards and pretty old villages. Envision your trip, starting from Florence, on a fine wine and food route through Tuscany as it was in the Middle Ages, heading towards Siena on a discovery of a land full of history and heady flavors and scents. This is the gorgeous corner of the world that the English term Chiantishire, unforgettably portrayed in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty.
Along the way, you’ll come upon Greve in Chianti, the chosen land for making Chianti Classico wine. The town was built in the Middle Ages and is the site of the Wine Museum, a multi-sensory journey of discovery all about the “nectar of the gods” that is wine. Absolutely not to be missed is a visit to the Antica Macelleria Falorni, a butcher shop that has been selling Tuscan pork specialties since 1979, perfect in pairings with the vast array of wine found at Le Cantine wineries of Greve in Chianti. A short ways from Greve is the fortified village of Montefioralle, an excellent example of medieval architecture.
Continuing on towards Siena, for absolute relaxation, delve into Chianti’s colors and fragrances at the Barone Ricasoli estate in Giaole. It is here that Chianti Classico was first formulated. Around Brolio’s medieval castle are the oldest vineyards of Italian wine growers. Inside the winery, you can book guided tours and tastings.
Not far from Castelnuovo Berardenga we come to Scopeto Relais, a hotel and a corner of heaven amidst the hills of Siena. In this exclusive accommodation, you can be pampered by grape-based treatments or lose yourself in the beauty of its eighteenth-century garden. The restaurant serves traditional dishes paired with wines and oils made on the estate. Breakfast in the garden with a view of Siena is an experience you’ll never forget.
With your itinerary all planned, go ahead and start your dreaming!