It is thought that the main triangular piazza in Greve in Chianti was originally the town’s market square.
Greve has grown up around this piazza over the last 500 years. One of the square’s main attractions is the arched loggia which runs round three sides and which provides welcomes shade for shoppers in summer.
The church of Santa Croce, which sits in the southernmost corner of the piazza, is home to several interesting works of art by the Fra Angelico School. The northern part of the square is taken up with shops.
Today, piazza Matteotti is a shoppers’ paradise, with a wide range of stores selling wine, ceramics, furniture, artisan products and all kinds of local food.
There are also many restaurants and there is a supermarket just three minutes walk away. A market is held in the square every Saturday morning with stalls selling fruit and vegetables, clothes, kitchenware and much more.
A statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano looms over the square and there is also an interesting bronze sculpture near the doors of the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall). Many diverse events are held in this piazza throughout the year including an antiques fair, the Chianti Classico wine festival and a flower festival.