Autumn in Chianti

Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit the Chianti region, in particular Greve in Chianti and Gaiole, which are famous for their wines. But it’s not all vineyards and wine bars: Chianti has many pretty castles, cultural museums and scenic cycling routes, making a trip here in the autumn an unforgettable experience! This article takes you on a tour of the Chianti region and highlights some of the unmissable towns to visit...

With its rustic vineyards, olive groves and ancient churches, Chianti is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy. It sits between Florence and Siena, and is famous for its endless rows of Sangiovese grapes, which are the basis of high-quality Chianti wine. The grape harvest typically ends in autumn, making these the best days to discover the heart of the Tuscan countryside and watch the centuries-old tradition of grape harvesting.

The main road that runs through the Chianti region, connecting Florence and Siena, is Chiantigiana and there are numerous photo opportunities along this pretty route, which is surrounded by gently rolling hills, olive groves and, of course, vineyards. Active holiday-makers can choose from the numerous walking or cycling routes through the countryside, although the scenery is just as lovely by motorcycle or car and Chiantigiana is a reasonably quiet road, meaning you can easily stop to take in the views.

The first recommended stop on the journey from Florence is Greve in Chianti (formerly known simply as Greve), which is a pretty town that sits on a small river. It has a traditional Saturday morning market, where you can buy fresh produce, and the main square is surrounded by shops hidden in the arcades, which sell local wine and delicacies from the land. Notable attractions are the family-owned Wine Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art of San Francesco. However, we should warn you that (at the time of going to press), the Wine Museum was closed for restoration works so be sure to check in advance of travel if you would like to visit. You should also not miss the Castle of Montefioralle as you leave Greve in Chianti, which is considered one of the oldest monuments in the region and is thought to be of Etruscan-Roman origin.

After Greve in Chianti, you can visit Panzano, which is situated on a hill meaning you can enjoy spectacular views from this prime location. You can also enjoy the local sights, such as the picturesque Church of San Leolino, with its many original features, and the Church of Santa Maria, where you can see the ancient castle walls and towers.

Continuing south from Panzano allows you to reach Castellina, which is famous locally for its Renaissance palaces and fortresses. Here, you can visit the nearby Etruscan ruins and please do not miss a stop at one of the many wine bars – in our opinion, this pretty town serves the best local wine, as well as excellent salami!

Next you can visit Gaiole, where there are many rustic farms and ancient castles of historical importance, and finally Fonterutoli, where you can amble along olive tree lined walkways to reach the castle and take in the views of the pretty vineyards whilst sipping on some authentic local wine!

If you’ve booked a package to Tuscany with us and you would like to visit the Chianti region, we would very much recommend a guided tour so that you don’t miss the best sights. Contact us if you would like to add a tour to your package or visit our website for more options.

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