Friday, October 25, 2013

Chianti Spectacular

Circuit routes through Chianti: 
the pick of the bunch - so far

Le Ripe is just opposite the river from Lucarelli which is 10 o'clock from Radda

Greve-Lamole-Panzano roundtrip

Vignamaggio, the villa and vineyard where the Monna Lisa was supposed to have lived and where Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado about Nothing was filmed

 Panzano-Volpaia roundtrip

the winery/village of Volpaia seen from the beautiful La Locanda hotel; wine tours available and a good range of eating places
Castellina-Radda-Panzano roundtrip

the view from Castellina castle; the castle is beautifully restored and boasts a tiny Etruscan museum: admire the terracing
Panzano-Badia Passignano-Bargino-San Casciano-San Donato-Sicelle
Badia a Passignano and the Antinori vineyards surrounding it; famous restaurant, Osteria di Passignano
Radda-Vertine-Gaiole-Badia a Coltibuono

virtually intact medieval village of Vertine, near Gaiole


main street, Montefioralle, situated above Greve

Pietrafitta-Castellina-Fonterutoli-Ricavo-San Donato-Sicelle
lavender fields above Fonterutoli where there is a pleasant restaurant

Naturally there are many other variants and many other routes but these (mostly) circuits offer beautiful scenery, hilltop views, ancient villages and castles, vineyards and restaurants along the way, all of which can be enjoyed and/or visited. We shall add to the list over time.

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