roam the small towns in western Chianti for authenticity
There are some names that don’t always evoke the romantic Chianti landscape; they are small, unassuming and humble yet holding all the cards for that perfect “off the beaten track” itinerary stop. The small town of Barberino val d’Elsa, nestled between San Donato in Poggi and the much larger Poggibonsi is definitely a name not to be forgotten as you plan your holiday schedule. Just a short drive from Greve or Castellina in Chianti, it will take you to the other side...new wines, new vistas and new friends in Tuscany.
The landscape on the western side of Chianti is soft, almost an equal mix of low lying forests filled with oak trees, rows and rows of vineyards and the silver green the olive trees. Each corner of the patchwork panorama comes together and creates a serene vista made for a peaceful afternoon with no specific agenda. The agriturismo experience on one of the many farms or a quaint B&B suite are the perfect touch to your holiday.
The pure lines and clean stone architecture will transport you to a time when Florence battled its neighbors for supreme authority and pilgrims trudged along the dirt roads, joyfully looking forward to an evening of food and rest in the Ospedale at Barberino, before heading off to Rome. No need to go as far as Siena in Tuscany, this little town offers the a delightful repose to the casual traveller with one of their delicious restaurants, cafes and pizza bars.
Read our intro to get the lay of the land and then be sure to add it to your Chianti wish list!