Our itinerary begins in the centre of Greve, considered the “gate” to the Chianti region. The town, dating to the Middle Ages, gravitates around a beautiful triangular piazza, at the centre of which is a statue of the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, one of the town’s most illustrious sons, who went down in history for discovering the bay of New York.
The palaces surrounding the piazza on all three sides are adorned with porches, highlighting the important role that Greve played over the centuries as a market centre, located in a strategic point between the Val d’Arno, Val di Greve and the road that connected Florence and Siena. Under these porches, today’s visitors can find restaurants, wine bars and food shops, all offering the chance to taste the territory’s delicious typical products.
Let’s leave the town behind and head along via Roma, via San Francesco (where, in the historic convent, you can find an interesting museum of sacred art) and via Montefioralle, immersing ourselves almost immediately in the Chianti landscape.
The route includes various stretches of asphalt roads, but this is anything but annoying: you’ll come across very few cars as you walk these cypress-shaded streets, winding along the curving hills, an irresistible invitation to discovery as we continue our journey.