Visit the gardens of Villa Gamberaia

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Visit the gardens of Villa Gamberaia

Gardens of Villa Gamberaia

Villa Gamberaia is surrounded by one of the most famous formal gardens in Tuscany, perhaps in all Italy. The grounds of Villa Gamberaia may be visited by the public upon payment of an entrance fee and it is also possible to arrange a tour of the villa itself. The best way to reach the villa is by car or taxi from Florence, although it is also possible to take the bus from Florence to Settignano and to walk the rest of the distance to the villa.

Useful tips for visitors to Chianti

Panzano in Chianti

Here we provide a selection of links to accurate and useful information to make your visit to Chianti and elsewhere in Tuscany easier, more enjoyable and more productive. We start with some large and informative websites and continue with links to quite specific information pages.

Luxury vacation accommodations near Panzano in Chianti

Villa Bordoni Luxury Boutique Hotel Greve

For those looking for the very highest quality of accommodation and service for their vacation in Tuscany, we are happy to recommend the following luxury venues located near Panzano in Chianti. Each is unique in what it offers, all are among the best that Tuscany has to offer.

Recommended restaurants near Panzano in Chianti

Dining Al Fesco at Ristorante Dondoli near Panzano

Panzano in Chianti and the neighbouring town of Greve in Chianti are well-supplied with restaurants, and visitors should also remember that Tuscany, especially the Chianti area, is also the home of the country restaurant. The latter are located on main roads as well as down side-roads that only the locals know about. Country restaurants are usually very good value for money and offer dishes that differ from the more standard fare of restaurants located within the tourist towns. Here we list our best recommendations for Panzano and its environs.

Bed & Breakfast vacation rooms near Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany

Corte di Valle B&B villa

Panzano in Chianti is located right at the centre of the Chianti Classico wine zone of Tuscany and makes an ideal base for your vacation in Tuscany. For those who don’t want to rent an entire Tuscan farmhouse or apartment nor to stay in a hotel, a Bed & Breakfast room is the ideal and often very economical alternative.

Vacation rentals near Panzano in Chianti

Chianti Vacation Rental Apartment

The Tuscan hilltop town of Panzano in Chianti and its environs are among the most attractive places to spend your vacation in Tuscany. In addition to Tuscan villas, Panzano offers, as holiday homes and vacation rentals, rural farmhouses (“agriturismi”), rural and village apartments and rooms, with and without breakfast.

Church of Santa Maria at Panzano in Chianti

Church of Santa Maria Assunta at Panzano in Chianti

The Church of Santa Maria at Panzano in ChiantiHistory, art and architecture of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta in Panzano Church of Santa Maria Assunta at Panzano in Chianti History of the Church of Santa Maria at Panzano The previous church of S. Maria in Panzano dated from the Renaissance period. It had a [...]

Lamole in Chianti

View from Lamole in Chianti

Lamole is located on a high ridge on the other side of the valley of the Greve river from Panzano, and is a popular half-day excursion from Panzano. To get there, drive down from Panzano into the valley towards Greve in Chianti and turn to the left at Barbiano, pass across the Greve flood plain and thence uphill past a number of very small villages to Lamole.

Panzano Castle

Panzano Castle

The castle of Panzano is located on the highest and oldest part of Panzano. Panzano was a settlement of Roman origin that developed during the Dark Ages and is mentioned in several documents from the 11 C onwards. Panzano was a fief of the powerful Firidolfi family and for centuries the main centre of the Val di Greve League. Consequently it was also the most fortified centre and this is confirmed by the remarkable remains of the castle that was constructed, probably later than those of Montegrossi and Brolio, by the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family, around the feudal keep.

Greve in Chianti

Statue of Verrazzano at Greve in Chianti

Greve is a larger town than Panzano and offers a greater variety of shopping possibilities as well as a very good Saturday market where a large range of inexpensive clothing and shoes is offered, in addition to fruit and vegetables, and household hardware. There are also a considerable number of restaurants in Greve.

Oratory of Sant’Eufrosino

Oratorio di Sant'Eufrosino at Panzano

The current Oratory dates back to no earlier than 1441, when Pope Eugene IV was in Florence. A special indulgence was issued to anyone who had made a donation for the construction of the oratory. The oratory was surely reconstructed at that time because in the oratory as it is now, under the porch, there are the remains of filaretto in the initial part of the right wall, remains that belong to a building of a more modest size, perhaps the building mentioned in the document of the 12 C.

Vineyard accommodations and direct wine sales near Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany

Agriturismo Il Santo Chianti vacation accommodations

A great many visitors to Tuscany, especially to the Chianti Classico area of Tuscany, take the opportunity to taste, drink and buy our wines, and to learn about wine-making, grape varieties and so on. An enjoyable and efficient way to do this is to stay at a winery. Working farms – in Chianti usually meaning a vineyard and/or olive oil producer – that offer accommodation to visiting tourists are known as agriturismi (singular: agriturismo).

Pieve di San Leolino at Panzano in Chianti

San Leolino a Panzano cloister

The earliest surviving documentation of Pieve di San Leolino at Panzano dates from 982, under the name San Leolino a Flacciano, in a parchment held at the Abbey of Passignano, although two sculptural fragments preserved inside church suggest that it might have an even older origin. Structural and stylistic characteristics suggest that the Pieve di San Leolino dates back to the 12 C.

History of Panzano in Chianti

History of Panzano

The first evidence of the name Panzano dates from 1103 when it is referenced in a document held at the Badia a Passignano, as plebe Sancti Leolini sitam in Panzano and in another document of 1146 that refers to burgus de castro de Panzano, while in the 13 C, the church of Santa Maria located in the castle is mentioned. The castle of Panzano, strategically located to control the only all-weather road between Florence and Sienna, almost certainly pre-dates the 12 C when it was documented as among the possessions of the Firidolfi family.

Vino al Vino wine festival at Panzano

Vino al Vino

Vino al Vino is a wine tasting event that takes place in the main piazza of Panzano in Chianti every year during September, usually during the four days consisting of the third weekend of September and the preceding Thursday and Friday. This is usually one week after the much larger Chianti Classico Wine festival (Rassegna del Chianti Classico) that takes place in nearby Greve in Chianti.

Vitigliano Relais & Spa classic luxury vacation villa at Panzano in Chianti

Villa Vitigliano luxury vacation villa

Vitigliano Relais & Spa is one of the most exclusive country vacation estates in Tuscany, complete with swimming pool, a private wellness centre and its own chapel.

Montefioralle

Castello di Montefioralle

Montefioralle, often referred to locally at “il castello di Montefioralle”, is a tiny and very charming walled village located about 1.5 km uphill from Greve in Chianti and 7 -8 km from Panzano. It takes roughly 15 minutes to drive to Montefioralle from Panzano, along one of two routes. Along the main road to Florence, the Chiantigiana (SR222), you drive through Greve and turn left at the second traffic light, and then drive uphill for 1.5 km.

Map of Panzano in Chianti

Panzano street map

Map of Panzano in ChiantiDetails of the streets and piazzas of Panzano in Chianti Street map of Panzano in Chianti

Chianti vacation rental agency

Vacation rental agency in Chianti

Specialising in vacation rentals in farm houses, rural apartments and villas in the Chianti territory around Panzano in Chianti.

Learn Italian in Tuscany

Lorella Federico Italian teacher in Tuscany

Lorella Federico, who is a professionally trained Italian language teacher, lives in Panzano in Chianti and offers you the chance to learn Italian in Italy. She provides Italian lessons at all levels for individuals and small groups visiting or living in Chianti.

Museums of Chianti

San Francesco Museum Greve in Chianti

Scattered through the territory of Chianti, there are a number of small museums, mostly of an ecclesiastical or folkloric nature, that are well worth visiting when you are in the area. These small museums often house exquisite treasures that once decorated churches and monasteries that are no longer extant or which have in fact been converted into museums. The small size of these museums makes it much easier to study and appreciate their treasures than is sometimes the case in the huge and sometimes crowded metropolitan museums. Don’t miss them.

eBike Rentals and Tours in Chianti

eBike tour In Chianti

An e-bike tour in Chianti should be on the list of 10 things to do before turning 100! The rolling hills – immersed in the quiet of the Tuscan countryside – are covered with vineyards and their perfect geometry alternates with olive groves, offering a scenario that will enchant you.

How to get to Panzano

Chiantigiana highway to Panzano in Chianti

The best way to visit Panzano is to come by car from Florence or Sienna along Route 222, the very attractive “Chiantigiana” highway passing through the Chianti wine area. Visitors to the area arriving from Rome can leave the motorway at Incisa Val d’Arno and take the road past Dudda to Greve and then to Panzano. From the west, there is a road connecting with the motorway at Tavarnelle or S. Donato.

Festa della Stagion Bona

Festa della Stagion Bona costume parade

On 25 April every year – National Liberation Day in Italy – the  “Festa della Stagion Bona” is celebrated in Panzano in Chianti. The festival begins with a parade up the main street of Panzano, via da Verrazzano, with many of the inhabitants dressed in traditional costumes, some as wealthy people, others as peasants, and some are the participants in the open-air play that follows.

Recommended Tuscany minibus driver-guides

Angela Saltafuori's Tuscany Wine Tours

Here are our top recommendations for knowledgeable, English-speaking minibus drivers for tours anywhere in Tuscany. For visitors to Tuscany who don’t drive or don’t wish to drive, there is an excellent alternative to public transport which allows you to create your own tour, namely, a private minibus driver guide. Our three recommendations all speak excellent English and are very knowledgeable about all aspects of Tuscan life, history and art. They have pre-planned tours that you can choose or, alternatively, are happy to work with you to create your own day tour.