Bike Touring Highlight
Greve in Chianti is a picturesque small town in Tuscany, where the Middle Ages seem to have never passed.
Most of the photos and postcards that around the world portray the famous Chianti vineyards, come from the countryside of Greve, the only town in the province of Florence, which is entirely in the Chianti area. Wine is in fact the main wealth of this town which has also dedicated a museum to wine.
The heart of Greve is a characteristic triangular square made of stone and surrounded by suggestive lodges that house many small artisan labs, typical shops and restaurants. The whole life of the town takes place around this square, where today, as tradition, every Saturday the city market is held.
But this land is also famous for being the scenario of two of the major families of Tuscan navigators: the Verrazzano and the Vespucci.
Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered and explored large areas of the Atlantic coast of the current US (including the New York Bay) and Canada; the statue in Greve's main square is dedicated to him.
In the castle of Montefioralle (1 km from Greve) it was born Amerigo Vespucci, the famous Florentine explorer who lived between the XV and XVI centuries and gave his name to the "New World" discovered a few years earlier by Cristoforo Colombo.
June 9, 2017
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