Villa Sole del Chianti in Tuscany close to Art Cities in Italy to Visit

An oasis in the heart of Chianti Hills

Surroundings

Sole del Chianti is located in the heart of Tuscany, and this makes it the ideal starting point for visits to art cities in Italy. Here are just a few of the suggested itineraries in the provinces of Florence, Siena and Pisa:

Florence

Siena

San Gimignano

Monteriggioni

Florence is just 35 min from Sole del Chianti and can be easily reached by car or scheduled bus service. Our staff will be happy to recommend itineraries to follow, or book your Walking Tour of the city of Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. With three (3) days advance notice we can reserve your admission tickets to the city’s most important museums so that you can enjoy them without long waits outside.

Siena is a place of great historic and artist interest barely 45 min from Sole del Chianti. Sites to see include the Cathedral and Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio horse race is run twice a year: on July 2nd  (Palio di Provenzano) and August 16th (Palio dell’Assunta) ten of the city’s districts participate in the horse race to win the symbolic cloth; each district is assigned one of the ten, fit horses that are selected to compete. The assignments are made on June 29th and August 13th for the July and August Palio, respectively. This ritual is known as the Tratta and it marks the beginning of 4 days of festivities.

To reach Siena, take the Firenze-Siena Superstrada, towards Siena and exit at Siena Nord.

A 35 min drive will take you to San Gimignano, a farming town in the province of Siena famous for its medieval towers and the Vernaccia wineVernaccia di San Gimignano is one of the finest white wines anywhere, and is only made in a small area of Tuscany betweenSiena, Pisa and Florence. It is known worldwide, and was the first Italian wine to obtain DOC(Denominazione di Origine Controllata – Certified Controlled Origin)  designation in 1966. The famous Torture Museum is located within city medieval walls. Visit also the Torture Museum within medieval city walls.

Monteriggioni is 30 min from Sole del Chianti and you simply cannot help but notice its medieval castle overlooking the valley. Even though it is small, its beauty and position attract 70,000 visitors each year, and the first illustrious “tourist” to stop there was Dante Alighieri. His famous line “Monteriggioni di torri si corona” – Monteriggioni is crowned with towers – is also the title of the annual event held there at the end of July.

Badia a Passignano

Pisa

Greve in Chianti

Montefioralle

This medieval abbey that was founded by Saint John Gaulbert in 1049 is just 15 min from Sole del Chianti and is definitely worth seeing, with its secret gardens and frescoes made by the Ghirlandaio, a local famous painter.

Pisa (70 min) certainly needs no introduction. TheLeaning Tower, built of pure white marble between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries is certainly one of the world’s most famous monuments that must be seen. The tower is located next to the Cathedral  in Piazza dei Miracoli.

Only 35 min away from Sole del Chianti, this town is the capital of the Chianti Classico wine district, that  gets its name from the river that runs through it, and it is the venue for the big Chianti wine fair which is held every  September. Here you can visit wine cellarsvineyards and taste wines in magnificent castles, like Castello Da Verrazzano.

Located at a distance of 30 min, the ancient village of Montefioralle with its castle and splendid view over Chianti vineyards is definitely worth a visit in Tuscany. It is easy to reach from Greve either by car, or on foot. A network of roads starting from Montefioralle will take you to Panzano in Chianti.

Panzano

Castellina in Chianti

Montalcino

Montepulciano

A quiet vacation village that is part of the Greve in Chianti township. It is located midway between Greve and Castellina at the intersection of the Strada dei Poggi that follows the hills on the right bank of the Pesa River and the Via Chiantigiana. Every Sunday morning there is an oudoor market in the main square, open until 1 pm, and all the other shops in town stay open as well. Panzano is the home of Dario Cecchini’s famous butcher  shop, and in addition to being a butcher, Dario is an excellent cook who has made his store into a true tourist attraction where you can taste the real Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine Steak).

Interesting medieval town that can trace its origins to the Etruscans, as we can see from the many Etruscan tombs in the area, such as the Tumulo Etrusco di Montecalvario, which is just outside the village on state road 222. Castellina in Chianti is famous for its selection of salami and wine.

This town is known for its wine, the great Brunello di Montalcino. It is situated northwest of Monte Amiata, at the end of the Val d’Orcia on the administrative boundary with the province of Grosseto. The Castello Banfi is definitely worth a visit.

Montepulciano is a town in the province of Siena, straddling the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia. Its long history dates back to the Etruscans and the fourth century B.C., and it is famous for the vineyards that produce Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG.

These are just of a few of the places you can visit easily when you stay at Sole del Chianti…it would be impossible to list them all!
But, there are a few more ….

Viareggio: seaside resort, and the beginning of a coast that stretches for 10 km to Forte dei Marmi and then continues to the Cinque Terre. It is rich in bathing establishmentsrestaurants, cafés and fashionable stores, and is just a 15 minute drive from Pisa.
San Casciano in Val di PesaMuseum of Sacred Art, church of the Misericordia, church of San Giovanni in Sugana, castle walls, Sant’Andrea in Percussina (Machiavelli’s house). 
Montelupo Fiorentino: Ceramics Museum. Impruneta: the main square and the Basilica. 
And: Certaldo (Boccaccio’s house), Vinci (where Leonardo was born), ArezzoLucca, and Montecatini (with its springs)..