Florence is not just a city full of museums, art and culture.
Florence is also nature, food and good wine!
And where to discover this other side of the city?
In Chianti, of course.
The Chianti area develops between the hills of Florence, Arezzo and Siena.
You will find many villages perched on these hills, some larger and other smaller.
I give you a list of the most characteristic villages to visit on a trip outside the walls of Florence.
Greve in Chianti
It is the largest village in the Chianti area.
Near Greve there are many others that deserve a stop, such as Montefioralle, a tiny village where, however, you can fully enjoy the essence of the Middle Ages. Moving a little further you will find Verrazzano with the huge 15th century Verrazzano’s Castle.
Reach Panzano and enjoy the famous view of the “Conca d’Oro” named because the landscape that you will find in front of you will be full of Chianti Classico’s vineyards (the gold of Chianti).
Stop in Strada in Chianti where you can taste good wine and a platter of cold cuts and cheeses typical of these areas to the “Dispensa di Andrea e Gregorio”.
As a last step go to Badia a Passignano where there is the beautiful Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo in Passignano, inside which, in the refectory, you can find one of the most famous Last Supper del Ghirlandaio.
Radda in Chianti
We are under the province of Siena, even if we did not move so much from Florence.
This village certainly deserves a visit on the way from Florence to Siena.
Gaiole in Chianti
Going further towards Siena you will find Gaiole in Chianti, another very characteristic small village. If you are in these areas I recommend absolutely to see two beautiful castles, that of Meleto and that of Brolio.