Home to one of the world’s favourite wines, the authentic Italian village of Greve in Chianti resides in the heart of a picturesque sprawl of pastureland. A colourful past establishes itself in the many magnificent monuments and architectural jewels that decorate the atmospheric Old Quarter and rich traditions are still nurtures with customary occurrences such as the weekly market. Conversation crackles from within the shady squares, where locals sip rich red wine and gaze at the verdant surroundings. Greve in Chianti is a town to truly immerse you in the rich cultural customs of the area while also enjoying some of the region’s finest food and wine.
The town’s principal Piazza Matteotti is a cultural centre home to some of Greve’s most notable buildings. The Renaissance splendour of the richly decorated City Hall shines over the square, while the magnificent statue of Giovanni de Verrazzano echoes an intriguing cultural inheritance.
With its neo-classical façade and beautifully baroque spire, the Santa Croce Chruch is a fine example of religious architecture. Inside, ecclesiastical masterpieces are presented, all of which date back as early as the 2nd century.
Nearby to Greve’s glorious church is the magnificent Museum of Sacred Art, an inspiring artistic collection housed in a former hospital. Feature in the collection are splendid terracotta sculptures, an elaborate altar and colourful works from prominent religious artists of the 12th century.
Enjoy the culinary heights of traditional Tuscan cuisine at the remarkable Restaurant Bottega del Moro. Dine al fresco upon the cobbled terrace upon which diners can sip robust Chianti wine and watch locals go about life at a gentle pace. Traditional Tuscan dishes are refined and reworked by expert chefs, resulting in sublime signature dishes such as wine braised beef and tender, herb infused chicken breast. (Piazza Trieste 14, 50022 Greve, Chianti, Italy)