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The most beautiful villages of Italy: Montefioralle

A medieval atmosphere in a place of dreams immersed in the rolling hills

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Nestled in the heart of the Chianti, between rolling hills and views to dream about, is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy: this is Montefioralle, a small town just above Greve in Chianti in Florence. In the midst of stone houses which overlook the characteristic streets that climb through the village, you will discover a rare jewel and remain fascinated. Before arriving in the center of Greve in Chianti, take the first road on the right that takes you up a hill that dominates the vast landscape. You will not regret having embarked on this climb that will take you straight into a magical place where silence reigns and the only sounds that are heard are those of nature. An old soul envelops Montefioralle, whose original name, "Monteficalle," likely refers to the fig trees that grow in the fields around the castle. And right around the Cassero the medieval village developed, built on an elliptical that is the natural conclusion of the circle of existing walls that culminates with the remains of some towers, now used as private homes.
Views and itineraries
View from Montefioralle
View from Montefioralle - Credit: Valeria Pinna

We suggest arriving in Montefioralle via the road that goes from Greve in Chianti, but to fully appreciate the surrounding countryside, we invite you to take on the way back, the road that leads to Mercatale Val di Pesa, so you can venture out on white roads that lead you to discover corners of unquestionable beauty. Vineyards, olive groves, endless expanses of green on which seem to gently rest the scattered farms in the area, each with its own form, features, and secret beauty. The yellow ocher walls brightened by the sun, the stone facades, roofs dipped in red stripes which stand out on farms in the distance, the lush hills.

The kingdom of the Chianti Classico
Chianti classico wine
Chianti classico wine - Credit: Nadia Fondelli

 Here you can enjoy the excellent fruit of the vine, the Chianti Classico, and taste the flavors of traditional dishes of the restaurants in the area. In Montefioralle you can sample the variety of cured pork salames and enjoy the famous Florentine steak, served with classic white beans or a fresh salad with local greens. And don't forget dessert: the sweet cantuccini are a Florentine tradition accompanied by (strictly local!) Vinsanto.

Peasant flavours
Frittelle San Giuseppe
Frittelle San Giuseppe - Credit: Alessio Corsi

Finally, for those lucky enough to visit Montefioralle in March, do not miss a stop at the Festa di Fritelle. For the feast day of St. Joseph, in the square opposite the access to the historical center of the village, you can sample these excellent fritters made by local housewives. Made from simple ingredients - rice boiled in milk, eggs and sugar – they are fried at the festival in a giant pan of two meters in diameter, and are eater accompanied by Vinsanto or a glass of Chianti Classico. Montefioralle is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, and has become a popular destination not only for the beauty of the town but also for it traditions, people and history which make it unique in the world.

Greve in Chianti
Greve in Chianti is the only town in the province of Florence that rests entirely in the Chianti area. In antiquity, Greve was a small center in the territory, then called Agro di Florentia. The Romans were the first to live permanently in these places not far from the via Cassia. ...