The SR 222 (Strada Chiantigiana) is a person of Italy’s traditional rural drives. This again highway operates by way of Tuscany’s popular wine nation to Chianti’s small cities and cities these kinds of as Greve, Radda, and Gaiole, in between Florence and Siena. It winds its way southward along a community of secondary, two-lane streets, with vistas of rolling hills and Tuscan vineyards before joining SP408 to hook up to Sienna.

This is a 100 km travel by way of some of the most gorgeous landscapes in Europe. So really don’t hurry and make absolutely sure to allow for loads of time to prevent at wineries and nearby eateries and to check out the charming cities and villages along the way.

Greve, 35 km from Florence, is a required initially prevent along the way, because it has the area’s premier tourist office environment. Initial stock up on brochures, then sit in the Piazza Matteotti, at a person of the coffee outlets or wine bars, before buying picnic lunch provides at a person of the many foods outlets. If you might be here in September, you will get pleasure from Greve’s annual wine good, a main Chianti occasion.

As you are in the coronary heart of Gallo Nero nation, appear for the image of a black rooster and try out some Chianti Classico wine. There are also some great medieval castles in the district that you may well like to check out out.

Around ten km more south, along the Strada Chiantigiana is the medieval town of Panzano, constructed all-around the continues to be of a castle. Light meals and nearby wines are on provide at Enoteca il Vinaio, exactly where you can choose in the winery landscapes from the terrace. Panzano’s Romanesque San Leolino church, 1 km south of town, is established on a pretty hilltop and options a number of Renaissance frescoes.

Just 12 km to the south of Panzano is the hilltop town of Castellina, an significant crossroads in Etruscan periods, and an location fought more than by neighbouring Florence and Siena. Etruscan continues to be in Panzano consist of 4 tombs and a well, and there are many palaces remaining from medieval periods.

From here you could deviate 20 km eastwards and journey by means of Volpaia to the location all-around Radda and Gaiole. Just six km north of Volpaia are extra Etruscan ruins, as well as grand wine estates. Retrace your way again and choose the change to Gaiole, exactly where you can take a look at the Badia a Coltibuono, an abbey established among a forest of cedar trees. The sector town of Gaiole is surrounded by old castles and small rustic church buildings. To the south of the town the restored Castello del Brolio is open for inspection. From here you can see all the way to Siena and the hills past.

Again on the Strada Chiantigiana, travel the final thirty km southwards to Siena. Its town centre is pedestrian-pleasant, with its medieval palazzi and many specialty outlets, cafes and dining places lining its narrow laneways. 2 times a yr, on July 2 and August sixteen, the famed Piazza del Campo is layered with straw and soil for the running of the dramatic bareback horse race identified as the Palio di Siena.

Supply by Rodney Ritchie