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The heart of the wine growing region in Tuscany - Chianti Road

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The first shot of greenery for the day. Something told me this would be fun!

This will perhaps go on to become my most memorable day in the area, not because I saw the most touristy spots but because to me, it represented what true Tuscany is all about - the rolling hills, the lovely villages, the roads, and fields and fields and fields of greenery and grapevines, so laid out and sparse. This was the scene straight out of the movies, only I wasn't driving in a rickety ol' car! No, I was being chauffered around! The man of the hour was a private guide I got in touch with, who had said he'd meet me and my parents in front of the station by 9am. He was on time!

I have to say, the funniest thing about Italy is - you meet all sorts of people from all over the world. So don't expect the most fascinating authentic Italian accent always. This bloke had a Spanish name but spoke like he just stepped out of Manhattan.

Now isn't this a TYPICAL Italian countryside picture?! :)
I was thinking it's the American influence... turns out I was right in the first place, he is Nu Yawker! :) Very charming man, seemed very knowledgeable about the area as he'd been doing this for the last decade, and I knew straight off that we'd have a good time with him all day.

Anyway, the weather was perfect. Our drive started off and we started going through the aforementioned rolling hills of the Tuscan valley. And they are a delight. See the pictures for proof! Our first stop of the day was the Castello Vicchiomaggio (www.vicchiomaggio.it). This is a beautiful house set atop the hills overlooking plentiful fields, the best was a swimming pool that kind of spills over into the valley. Now isn't that a steal! Our guide gave us a briefing on the place, not that it really mattered.

The house by itself was ordinary. Most of these castles have now been converted into hotels and suites btw, so you see tons of tourists around. Anyway we got a good view of the gardens from the foyer, and from here it was for our first wine and olive tasting of the day, courtesy their estate's Chianti Classico called Riserva.

From here, we continued to the market town of Greve in Chianti. It was Saturday market, and it was a feast. I loved how you get all varities of cheese, meat and wine.  The Italians sure love to eat. The city centre comes alive, and so many people around. We had coffee at a rsnt inside, and went for a walk around the place. I also bought a few souvenirs, and after about 1 hour of wandering around, it was back in the car.

Another fine shot of Italian beauty
My favourite about this place was definitely wandering on the back alleys of the place beyond the city centre.

Next stop was the hilltop village of Montefioralle. This  really isn't even a village, it's a loop of houses. Think of a cul de sac that isn't a cul-de-sac! It starts, loops around and returns with cobbled pavements, old houses and some very interesting doors (of all things).

Final stop of the day, and our longest was the winery where we'd also have lunch - Fattoria Montagliari (www.montagliari.it). The thing that strikes you about this place is how vast each winery is. You must have an awful lot of money to own/operate in this place. The word "family run business" rings true here because I'd feel scared to let such a heritage out of my family's hands.

And more!
We spent a long, long, long time sampling wine here. I had one from 1985 so Salute to that! I was quite impressed with the variety of wine, you have a wine for biscotti too! (those Italians! I could die here!). And shortly after the wine tasting (Chianti Classico, Riserva, Brunesco, Cabernet Sauvignon, I.G.T. Supertuscan wines, 25-year-old vinsanto) came the olive oil tasting which to this date was, well, just good ol' olive oil to me. But in Italy, it's a tradition. People spend hours having discussions on which Olive oil is the best, the ingredients, the types, the sorts. I would love to say I was mighty impressed if only I knew what it was all about. LOL!

Lunch was very good, the rsnt wasn't, and was quite pricey. See my review below for a full assessment.

After wasting 2 hours+ on lunch, we went to view the cellars which was, well, we've all seen it before.

The vast Tuscan greenery
It was nearly 4pm and we had to head back to Firenze. The drive back... well with all the wine I slept. I woke up around the time he was @ Piazza San Michelangelo which I had visited a gazilliion times (and was coming back later in the night) but wanted my parents to see it as well. After a quick pit stop there, we headed back to the hotel, our final full day of sightseeing done.

Overall, a great great experience, I don't know the last time I felt so touristy and so "complete" having seen something I always wanted to in years. 

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The first shot of greenery for the…
The first shot of greenery for th…
Now isnt this a TYPICAL Italian c…
Now isn't this a TYPICAL Italian …
Another fine shot of Italian beauty
Another fine shot of Italian beauty
And more!
And more!
The vast Tuscan greenery
The vast Tuscan greenery
At Castello Vicchiomaggio
At Castello Vicchiomaggio
Castello Vicchiomaggio: That blue …
Castello Vicchiomaggio: That blue…
The winery @ Castello Vicchiomaggi…
The winery @ Castello Vicchiomagg…
More Riserva
More Riserva
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Saturday market at Greve-in-Chianti
Greve-in-Chianti
Greve-in-Chianti
Greve-in-Chianti
Greve-in-Chianti
Far off view of Greve-in-Chianti
Far off view of Greve-in-Chianti
The lovely hilltop village of Mont…
The lovely hilltop village of Mon…
The lovely hilltop village of Mont…
The lovely hilltop village of Mon…
More of Chianti
More of Chianti
Chianti valley - a typical shot
Chianti valley - a typical shot
This is the sign of the Chianti Cl…
This is the sign of the Chianti C…
Fattoria Montagliari (our winery s…
Fattoria Montagliari (our winery …
Fattoria Montagliari
Fattoria Montagliari
Fattoria Montagliari
Fattoria Montagliari
Fattoria Montagliari - they have s…
Fattoria Montagliari - they have …
Fattoria Montagliari - Olive oil t…
Fattoria Montagliari - Olive oil …
Fattoria Montagliari, after lunch
Fattoria Montagliari, after lunch
Lovely shot of the Fattoria Montag…
Lovely shot of the Fattoria Monta…
The lands across the winery
The lands across the winery
Greve Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Expensive restaurant with good food, expensive prices and sh1t service
I normally try not to complain about service or price when I'm on holiday, especially in a place like Italy that does suck a lot of blood out of touri… read entire review
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photo by: Vikram