Saturday, October 2, 2010
Un Giro in Chianti: A Tour in Chianti
This week I lucked upon a great, inexpensive tour of the Chianti region south of Florence, sponsored by the Florence Tourism Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce. For only 15 euros, each Thursday it is possible to enjoy a day-long guided tour entitled "Artisans in Chianti." The tour visits 4-5 small villages, stopping to visit artisans, churches and farms. We left Firenze at 9 a.m. and returned at 6 p.m.
The towns we vistited were Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle.
The tour was led by Marco, a native to the area, who had wonderful stories to share. Here he explains the unusual history of an ancient church, Sant'Appiano, dating back to the 11th century.
Included in the tour are several stops at farms that produce wine, olive oil, cheeses, meats and jams, where we were able to eat and drink enough for several meals! The vendemmia (wine harvest) was in process, so we often saw trucks filled with grapes along the highway, en route to be processed for wine.