Location

Local activities include walking, tennis, swimming, golf, riding, cycling, fishing.

Nearby Restaurants: La Martellina (1 km, Strada in Chianti, 055 858348), Il Caminetto del Chianti (1,2 km, Strada in Chianti, 055 8588909), La Loggettina (2 km, Impruneta, 055 2312690), La Dispensa (2 km, Strada in Chianti, 055 8588957), Da Padellina (2 km, Strada in Chianti, 055 858388)
Nearest Supermarket: Coop – Impruneta

The ‘via Chiantigiana’
Is one of the most enjoyable motoring routes in Italy. It runs directly south from Florence to Siena through the middle of the Chianti Classico wine zone of Tuscany, one of the most instantly recognisable landscapes in the world. After passing Ugolino Golf Course, the oldest golf club in Italy, the Chiantigiana runs upward and follows the ridges between the Val d’Elsa and the Valdarno, wandering from one farmhouse and villa to another, from time to time passing through villages and small towns. These include Strada in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti. The towns of Impruneta, Lamole, Volpaia and Radda in Chianti are just a short distance along side roads from the via Chiantigiana and can be visited by following the network of secondary roads that link them together. Other short diversions take the visitor through beautiful hillscapes to Montefioralle and Badia a Passignano to the west, and to Gaiole in Chianti and Badia a Coltibuono to the east. The area around Gaiole in Chianti is particularly rich in castles and chapels including the castles of Vertine, Meleto, Barbischio and Brolio. The castles area can be toured by turning off the Via Chiantigiana at Castellina and heading through Gaiole, exploring the back roads and then continuing on to Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Surroundings

Florence
Florence, considered the home of Renaissance and the Italian art, is one of the most important tourist place in the world thanks to its incredible beauty. Located in the northern part of Tuscany on the Arno River, the historic center of Florence is closed to traffic and surprisingly compact. The majority of sights can be easily reached on foot so visitors do not need a car. Florence has excellent bus service which is reliable and convenient.

Siena
It is one of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns, located in the heart of Tuscany. Built on three hills and surrounded by well preserved walls, Siena is filled with fine examples of Gothic architecture and has one of the world’s most unique piazzas ‘Piazza del Campo’. The world-famous Palio of Siena is an important part of Sienese identity, history and culture.

San Gimignano
San Gimignano and its famous towers, thanks to their location, domain the beautiful Val D’Elsa hill. Site of an Etruscan village during the Hellenistic period, San Gimignano is one of the most important artistic place in the world.

Lucca
Beautiful and very nice, Lucca is a most visited and famous place in Tuscany. The city is limited in 4 km of walls and they are the symbol of Lucca. In the sixteenth walls, the old town preserves his little streets and characteristic squares, with medieval homes and Renaissance palaces.

Arezzo
The city is located in a hilly area in eastern Tuscany, between the provinces of Florence and Siena. ‘Arretium’ was one of the most important and wealthy cities during the Etruscan reign and even today preserves some of the original defensive stone walls built around the city and numerous archeological areas. Etruscans were and remain famous for their great ability in working with gold and thus is it no coincidence that Arezzo today is one of the major centers for jewelry and goldsmith craftsmanship in Italy.

Pisa
The city of Pisa rises above the banks of Arno, just before the mouth of the river at Marina of Pisa. It is one of the most important cities in Tuscany and it is extremely well-known in the world, because of its famous symbol: the leaning tower, known as Pisa Tower.

San Miniato
San Miniato is a district in the Pisa province. The old town is located on a strategic position, on a beautiful hill near Arno, halfway between Florence and Pisa; San Miniato was land wars between this two cities. Place of dioceses, San Miniato is a important economic and industrial center of the leather and it is famous for its white truffles. The original city core dates back to the seventh century.

Vinci
Vinci, a discrict in Florence province, is Leonardo native city and here there are Biblioteca Leonardiana, international center of Leonard studies, and Leonardian Museum, a collection of Leonardo’s models of inventions.

Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme is a city in Pistoia province, the most important center of Valdinievole having a touristic, economic and industrial soul for the important Spa.

The region of Crete Senesi
A unique and wonderful landscape with rolling hills planted with wheat, its ravines, its ancient villages and the magnificent Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

The region of Val d’Orcia
With its breathtaking landscapes of perfect beauty, following a circular itinerary of 150 km, you can visit medieval Montalcino with its wineries, the spiritual centre of Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, the papal town of Pienza, the capital of Tuscan pecorino, and the Renaissance town of Montepulciano (the pearl of the sixteenth century) where you can taste the typical ‘pici’, a type of pasta made to an original local recipe.

The region of Val d’Elsa
With a wonderful day out, following a round trip of 150 km, you can visit the medieval fortress of Monteriggioni, Colle Val’Elsa, the town of crystal, the superb Etruscan town of Volterra, and San Gimignano, with its medieval towers, is registered in Unesco’s World and Cultural Heritage. From San Gimignano to Siena it takes just 45 minutes.

For mountain lovers
Abetone Mountain is 1388 m, only 1 and half hour drive from Florence. In winter for ski-lovers but there are plenty of activities during all other seasons as well. Abetone Gravity Park, a large park dedicated to mountain biking lovers. Fans of ‘Downhill’ and ‘Freeride’ will find here even five different trails of 6 km in length. Meanwhile, a ‘Cross Country’ trail with various levels stretches for about 30 km. It is the only park dedicated entirely to mountain biking in central Italy and, in addition, it is equipped with a super-fast lift system (it makes the height difference of 700 m in 7 minutes). Ponte Sospeso, a hanging bridge in the Mammiano Basso area of 220 m in length, hanging 40 m above the Lima River. It is one of the longest hanging pedestrian bridges in Europe. Botanical Garden in the Valle del Sestaione area, situated at a height of more than a km. In the outskirts of Abetone there is also an eco-musuem, presenting exciting sightseeing tours (such as Ice Road, Iron Road, Way of Religious Art and etc.). In August there is the ‘Festival of Blueberries’ with an open market, where you can taste a variety of dishes with blueberries, the most common shrubs in the area. We recommend Restaurant ‘Jambo’ … very good and economic!

You can reach by car the top of Monte Amiata (1738 m a.s.l.) with its green meadows brimming with colourful flowers, ancient forests of beech and chestnut, and its geysers. Along the way, you can’t miss a stop in the medieval village of Bagno Vignoni, with its natural thermal pool dating back to 1500, in the center of the main square.

Distances

Nearby villages offer all amenities. Impruneta and Strada in Chianti are at only 5 min drive (2 km), there you can find shops, street markets, banks, bars, restaurants, ice shops, pizzeria, etc. The property is a 5-minute drive from the Chianti Sport Club, including 5 tennis courts, 2 soccer fields, horse-riding, gym, sauna, solarium, swimming pool. Moreover, for golf fans one of the most prestigious clubs, the Golf Club Ugolino. Impruneta and Martellina are regularly served by daily buses (SITA) towards Florence.
Is a perfect location to enjoy the tranquility of a Tuscan countryside but also to delight in the attractiveness of cities of historical interest like Florence (12 km), Siena (61 km), San Gimignano (45 km), Arezzo (79 km), Lucca (88 km) and Pisa (92 km). Versilian coast 95 km, Greve in Chianti 11 km, Montalcino 106 km, Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello 66 km (Scarperia), Bilancino Lake 23 km, Casentino Forest National Park 75 km.

Florence Airport ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ 25 km, Pisa Airport ‘Galileo Galilei’ 92 km, Florence Railway Station ‘Santa Maria Novella’ 15 km, A1 Highway exit ‘Impruneta’ 6 km.

PARKING IN FLORENCE

We suggest to park in the parking lot located in Piazza Cesare Beccaria, within walking distance from major Florence attractions and outside the ZTL area. (1,70 euro per hour; Daily fee: 20 euro). It’s rather easy to reach from Grassina. Follow the direction to Florence and at the end of Via Marco Polo, at the traffic light, turn on your left (you will have the Arno river on your left side). Always go straight ahead following Lungarno Aldo Moro, then Lungarno Cristoforo Colombo and finally Lungarno del Tempio. Turn on your right into Viale Giovanni Amendola … you will find the entrance of Parking Piazza Beccaria on your left.

 

Local street markets

Weekly Street Markets (till 13.30)

Greve in Chianti – Saturday
Panzano in Chianti – Sunday
San Polo in Chianti – Thursday
Strada in Chianti – Tuesday
Ferrone – Friday
Impruneta – Saturday morning

Exceptional Markets & Recurrent Festivity

Aprilante Market – Craftsmen and more at Panzano in Chianti – first Sunday of each month
Il Pagliaio – Biological market at Greve in Chianti – every fourth Sunday of each month
Stelle e mercanti (Stars and merchants) – Night craftsman’s market with music and entertainment at Greve in Chianti (place G. Matteotti) – third Thursday of June, July and August (18.00/23.00)
First May at Strada in Chianti – Market, kitchen of farmer civilization, painting, concert at the amphitheater, carousel
Annual fair of September – first Wednesday of SeptAny9kEcW3cf|1bd778bc062d94ce623Ch3>Province of Florence

Sesto Fiorentino – Saturday (place Mercato)
Signa – Friday
Tavernelle Val Di Pesa – Thursday
Rufina – Saturday (14:00-20:00)
S. Casciano Val di Pesa – Monday morning
S. Godenzo – Sunday morning
S. Piero a Sieve – Saturday afternoon
Sieci – Saturday
Pelago – Thursday
Pontassieve – Wednesday and Saturday morning
Reggello – Saturday
Montelupo Fiorentino – Saturday morning (not holidays)
Montespertoli – Tuesday
Lastra a Signa – Saturday morning and Thursday morning
Certaldo – Wednesday (Tuesday on holiday)
Castelfiorentino – Saturday (Friday on holiday)
Barberino Val d’Elsa – Saturday
Borgo San Lorenzo – Tuesday (Monday on holiday) and Friday
Calenzano – Wednesday morning
Campi Bisenzio – Saturday afternoon (July and August Saturday morning)

Province of Siena

S. Gimignano – Thursday (Wednesday on holiday) Saturday fruit and vegetable market (Friday on holiday)
Poggibonsi – Tuesday morning
Radda in Chianti – fourth Monday afternoon
Pienza – Friday
Monteroni d’Arbia – Tuesday (Monday on holiday)
Gaiole in Chianti – second Monday (first Monday in September)
Montalcino – Friday
Montepulciano – Thursday (Wednesday on holiday)
Colle Val d’Elsa – Friday (Thursday on holiday)
Asciano – Saturday (Friday on holiday)
Buonconvento – Saturday (closed on holiday)
Casole d’Elsa – first and third Monday
Castellina in Chianti – Saturday morning