Medieval Montefioralle crowns a rise just east of Greve, and can be accessed via a 2km walking path from the town centre (head up Via San Francesco, off Via Roma). Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, the village was home to Amerigo Vespucci (1415–1512), an explorer who followed Columbus' route to America. Vespucci wrote so excitedly about the New World that he inspired cartographer Martin Waldseemüller (creator of the 1507 Universalis Cosmographia) to name the new continent in his honour.

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2. Vignamaggio


Mona Lisa Gherardini, subject of Leonardo da Vinci's world-famous painting, married into the family that built this villa in the 14th century. After a…

3. Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo

2.81 MILES

An 11th-century church on this site was destroyed in the 13th century and replaced by this structure, which was subsequently heavily altered over the…

5. Pieve di San Leolino

3.34 MILES

One of the most beautiful religious buildings in Chianti, this Romanesque pieve (rural church with baptistry) is located on a hilltop just outside Panzano…

6. Azienda Agricola Frantoio Pruneti

6.64 MILES

Gionni and Paolo Pruneti's family business has produced top-quality olive oil for over a century. Their 28,000 olive trees are hand-harvested between mid…

7. Montecalvario

7.52 MILES

These four Etruscan burial chambers, dating from the 6th century BC, are located off the main road at the northern edge of town. Devotees of Etruscan…

8. Casa Chianti Classico

7.69 MILES

Occupying an 18th-century convent complex attached to a 10th-century church, this facility is operated by the Consorzio di Chianti Classico and pays…