Itinerary: San Casciano, Greve in Chianti, Badia a Passignano, Tavarnelle
Chianti tour from San Casciano in Val di Pesa to Greve in Chianti to discover Medieval villages and the Chianti wine
Chianti is the name given to a hilly area located in the beautiful Tuscany and belonging to the provinces of Florence, Siena, and Arezzo. It is a wonderful area, where the true essence of Tuscany can be seen and breathed for two main reasons: the Hills of Chianti are the place where Chianti, one of the most famous and beloved wines in the world is produced and also, this is the area where many Medieval-origin villages and towns are scattered that attract thousands of visitors every year.
You can choose from many roads and some guided tours that are dedicated to the exploration of this unique area and its treasures. If you visiting the area on your own we suggest taking the route that runs from San Casciano in Val di Pesa to Greve in Chianti, as it is one of the most beautiful and suggestive ones. This cultural and wine-related tour will allow you to stop in some charming villages and to enjoy stunning views of the hills and the vineyards kissed by the sun.(pic n°3).
San Casciano in Val di Pesa (pic n°4) is located half way between Florence and Siena. Surrounded by Medieval walls, the town obviously is one of the most productive centers for the production of Chianti Classico (pic n°2), and it can boast some beautiful tourist attractions as well. Church of Santa Maria al Prato preserves lots of works of art, but also, the Romanesque-style Pieve di San Pancrazio or Pieve di Santo Stefano a Campoli are worth a visit. The town and its surroundings also offer lots of remarkable buildings to visit, such as the theater, the library, the interesting town museum, many castles, villas, and Machiavelli's house. If you visit the town from April to August, check out the local events!
Continuing towards Siena, you will meet some small and nice villages before getting to Greve in Chianti (pic n°5). Again, it is impossible to separate the history of this town from the wine-production tradition. Pay a visit to Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, to its wineries but also to the many churches and castles scattered in the town and on the outskirts.
Then, after 8 kilometers of driving west of Greve in Chianti, you will find Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo a Passignano, or simply Badia a Passignano. (pic n°1). It is a wonderful castle-looking monastery, dating back to the Middle Ages, surrounded by ancient walls. Its outstanding interiors include a well-kept garden with a fountain, a historical kitchen, the dining hall and a fresco of The Last Supper by Ghirlandaio, among others. The abbey is nestled in a beautiful environment characterized by the rows of the Tuscan cypress trees and by several wineries, where the local Chianti, Chianti Classico Badia a Passignano Riserva is produced with proud.