A medieval atmosphere in a dream-like setting, immersed in the rolling hills
Nestled in the heart of the Chianti, amidst rolling hills and views so beautiful you can't help but dream about them, is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: Montefioralle, a small town near Greve in Chianti, outside Florence. Surrounded by stone houses that line the characteristic streets that wind through the village, you'll discover a rare jewel as you give in to the fascination of this place.
Before arriving in Greve in Chianti, take the first road on the right, climbing a hill that dominates the vast landscape. Trust us, you'll have no regrets about taking some time out of your day to visit this magical place, where silence reigns and the only sounds you hear are from nature itself. An old soul envelopes Montefioralle, whose original name, "Monteficalle," likely refers to the fig trees that grow in the fields around the castle. The medieval village developed around this castle, characterized by its oval shape and sitting along all that remains of the defense walls, dotted with the ruins of some towers, now used as private homes.
To get to Montefioralle, we recommend taking the road that leads to and from Greve in Chianti, but to fully appreciate the surrounding countryside, on your way back, we encourage you to head down the road leading to Mercatale Val di Pesa, just to venture out onto the white roads that wind through unparalled beauty, boasting vineyards, olive groves and endless stretches of green dotted with farms, each with its own form, features and secret beauty: the yellow ochre walls brightened by the sun, the stone facades and the roofs painted with strips of red stand out on the farms far off in the distance, immersed in the lush hills.
This area is known for the esteemed Chianti Classico wine, and here, you can enjoy a glass of the good stuff while enjoying the flavours of traditional dishes at restaurants in the area. In Montefioralle, you can taste a variety of cured pork and feast on the famous bistecca fiorentina, or Florentine steak, served with classic white beans or a fresh salad with local greens. And don't forget the dessert! Sweet cantuccini are a Florentine tradition, accompanied by (strictly local!) Vin Santo.
For those lucky enough to visit Montefioralle in March, you're sure to enjoy the Festa di Fritelle. In celebration of the Feast Day of St. Joseph, you can sample excellent fritelle, or fritters, in the piazza just outside the village, all made by the villagers themselves. Cooked using simple ingredients - rice boiled in milk, eggs and sugar - they are fried at the festival in a giant pan and served with Vin Santo or a glass of Chianti Classico. Montefioralle is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, becoming a popular destination thanks not only to the beauty of its architecture but also for its unique traditions, people and history.
IN THE HEART OF THE CHIANTI, AMONG CASTLES AND SWEEPING VINEYARDS
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. ...