Follow the scenic roads that take you away from Florence into the beautiful Chianti area. Catch a glimpse of the traditional life of this area with a visit to medieval towns that offer authentic sights of the local life. Try the famous Chianti wine for a complete Tuscan countryside experience!
Florence can be explored in a matter of days, so why not expand your travels outside of the city? Embark on a day trip to the Chianti area, an area between Florence and Siena well-known for its beautiful landscapes and wine. This is truly an authentic local experience as most of the places in the area are very well attached to their traditional roots & history. So, follow your favorite local through the scenic road of the Tuscan countryside and discover the beauty of the Chianti area! There is not better way to kickstart your day trip than with an amazing panoramic view at the viewpoint of Piazzale Michelangelo. See all of Florence, in all of its glory, before leaving the beautiful city behind. Hop in the car with your Florentine local and take the scenic road to Chianti. Throughout the whole Chianti area, you will notice that most of the shops and businesses are family owned and operated. Go off the beaten path and visit a terracotta pottery business that has served in plenty of important monuments & buildings in Florence like the Church of Santo Spirito, the Church of Sant’Ambrogio, and the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. Take a look at their process and final products and let your friendly local explain everything there is to know about this place. Another thing that stands out in the Chianti area is its wineries. Your local guide can take you to one at the very top of a mountain; this place only known by the locals is a real hidden gem! Learn about the Chianti wine and enjoy a tasting while your local host informs you about the characteristics of the delicious beverage. Explore the local life in the Chianti area by paying a visit to Greve, a medieval town home to unique butchers where you can have some delicious tastings. As part of a personalized experience, a lunch can be arranged at a local butchery/bistro. Try their specialty, salami! With a wide variety of this product and homemade cheeses, get a personalized antipasto tasting. And just above Greve, you can find the local village of Montefioralle. This picturesque place is definitely worth a visit! Experience the real countryside vibe, with amazing views and a relaxing & peaceful atmosphere. Visit one of the most interesting places of the entire Chianti region for its history and landscapes before going back to Florence, the Monastery Badia a Passignano. If you are lucky, you might enjoy a nice chat with a monk! Hear about the history of this place and what the future holds, walk through its courtyards and explore the inside of this place where you can find a Last Supper masterpiece by Ghirlandaio and other beautiful frescoes. Just note that this place is subjected to availability, but don’t worry, if the monastery is closed, we have found a pretty great alternative for that!