|Chianti & Florence|
Walk from Siena, the best-preserved great medieval city in Europe, to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Paths through the picturesque Chianti hills, with vineyards, olive groves and forests, punctuated by castles, fortified stone villages and cypress trees. Traverse the Chianti Classico wine-growing area and sample the range of magnificent wines. Enjoy two supreme art capitals - with over 60% of the greatest works of art in the Western world.
|Chianti & Florence:|| Itinerary
You can extend your holiday in Florence, Siena or Pisa.
Walking: Forested limestone hills rising to 2,925ft, the lower slopes
covered with vineyards and olive groves. A wide selection of farm and
forest paths and tracks, small gravel roads and some asphalt in and around
When to go
Start any day from 01 Apr to 24 Oct
*** Siena: The best-preserved great medieval city in Europe. An abundance of outstanding 14C and 15C art and architecture. Also see the Piazza Del Campo, Scene of the Palio horserace.
*** Florence: Birthplace of the Renaissance and with the Uffizzi, Pitti galleries, churches and museums; the world's leading 'Art city'.
** Chianti Classico Vineyards: The route encompasses a range of Chianti Classico Vineyards, many with world wide reputations.
** Castles of Chianti:Wealth from wine production since the early middle ages made land in Chianti highly prized. To protect these rich wine estates, fortified farms and castles were built. Many of these expanded into fortified stone villages that characterise the area today.
* Gaiole-In-Chianti:Agricultural centre overlooked by the Castello di Spaltenna and its 12C Romanesque church.
* Panzano in Chianti:Characteristic hill village with medieval centre. Nearby (close to Hotel Villa Le Barone) is the Romanesque Pieve di S.Leolino, with a fine 13C Madonna with saints
* Montefioralle:A picturesque fortified village , from which the Vespucci (Amerigo etc) family came has a fine Madonna with child and two angels in the church of S.Stefano, interesting pictures in the presbytery and a castle.
* Greve-in-Chianti:A busy centre in the wine industry, with some fine medieval buildings and arcaded central piazza, distinguished by a statue of Giovanni di Verrazzano (discoverer of Long Island).
Flights & Transport
Recommended Destination Airport: Pisa
There are international flights to Pisa and Florence. From Pisa Airport trains run frequently to Siena (change at Empoli), the start of your trip. The airport in Florence is 5 miles from the train station (airport bus) from where trains run direct to Siena. Return: Buses to Florence airport or train direct to Pisa airport. Most places on route are connected by bus, or taxi.
No. of nights with half board (dinner included): Standard 0, Superior
Cycle hire: £60 / $108
Shortest / Longest days walk: 2 hrs 30 / 6 hrs 30 hrs