After a mere 45 minutes on the highway, you'll find yourself on the Chianti Wine Road amidst the lush, rolling countryside, artfully etched with vineyards, orchards, farmhouses, and cypress trees.
The villages on our itinerary will give you an array of architectural eye-candy and a glimpse into Italy’s past, covering the gamut from the Etruscans to the Romans to the Medieval.
We'll begin by visiting Badia a Passignano, noted for its abbey built by Vallumbrosan monks in the 11th century, and Montefioralle, a Medieval borgo deemed “one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy.”
Our morning concludes with a stop in the capital of the region, Greve in Chianti, with its lovely porticoes and an array of interesting shops and boutiques. History buffs will note the monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the explorer of the Atlantic coast of North America who discovered, among other things, the Hudson River.
For lunch, we recommend Ristoro di Lamole, where the service, food, and view are all spectacular. For more information on the restaurant, please visit www.ristorodilamole.it.
After lunch, we'll visit Volpaia, with its impeccably restored and maintained vernacular architecture of early Tuscany and, if time permits, Castellina in Chianti, which boasts both Etruscan and Roman roots.
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Your English-speaking driver will not enter sites with you, but will give running commentaries of what you are seeing and make sure you have enough time to visit each site.