- Chianti - Walking tour of Tuscany, from Greve to Castellina, 5 days 4 nights
Walking tour of Chianti45 km to experience the magnificent scenery of the Chianti area, vineyards and beautiful medieval villages. We take the strain, you just enjoy the scenery!
Greve in Chianti, overnight in Greve
Greve in Chianti, the entrance gate to the Chianti region. Have a relaxing walk in and around the main square and feel the peaceful ambient of this area of Tuscany. Restaurants, wine rooms and cellars offer a variety of local dishes where you can also taste wine, olive oil, and Vin Santo.
Greve offers a number of open markets, fairs and events where Chianti wine is the main character, depending on your tour dates, you will be able to see the importance of the wine for this region.
Afterwards, relax in your charming room, have a nice hot shower and a good night's rest before your tour starts...
From Greve to Panzano, overnight in Panzano
From Greve, you will have a nice walk to Panzano between vineyards and beautiful landscape. Stop at Montefioralle, one of the most ancient villages of Chianti, still today enclosed within the original walls. Its cool passageways and overarching houses provide one of the best surviving examples of mediaeval rural village architecture in Tuscany. There is a nice trattoria for lunch. After Montefioralle, you will reach la Pieve di Cresci, the oldest in the Chianti region whose origins date back to the year 963.
You'll be here half your way to Panzano. Leaving la Pieve di Cresci, the walk follows towards Badia a Passignano an ancient monastery dating back to 395, then continue your descent hike straight to Panzano, an attractive town located on a high ridge on the scenic Via Chiantigiana, exactly halfway between Florence to Siena. The Castle and churches are worth visiting.
Have a rest and a good dinner in one of the several fine restaurants of the town.
Panzano to Radda in Chianti, overnight in Radda
In today's hike, you will be walking through some of the most important and renowed vineyards of the Chianti area. The smell of grapes and wine will be your companion throughout the day. Stop at Volpaia, a fully restored medival village with an impressive amount of culture and history, that is also home to some of the most impressive wine cellars in the region. Afterwards, you will continue towards Radda, situated on a hill covered with woods and extensive vineyards forming the watershed between the Pesa and Arbia valleys. Palazzo della Podestà and Chiesa di San Niccolò are some of the buildings that are worth visiting in Radda.
Radda to Castellina in Chianti, overnight in Castellina
In this hike, The views from many points will be spectacular, a journey for real nature lovers. You will end up in Castellina, a tiny hilltop town. Here you can admire the Rocca Comunale, a 15C Fortress, and the Church of San Salvatore. Along Via Ferruccio, you will find Palazzo Ugolini and Palazzo Biancardi as well as a number of shops with local products and some good restaurants where to have your last nice dinner of your walking tour of Chianti.
After this Tour, indulge in some pampering, whether that is a spa, a traditional tuscan gourmet dinner or a glass of excellent Chianti wine, let the memories of this Tour come back to your mind... a experience that will last in your memories for ever !