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.
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.
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.
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.
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.