Tuscany – Greve in Chianti

by Samuele Sodini

Grave in Chianti square

Grave in Chianti square

The old name of Greve in Chianti was Greve, in 1972 the town was renamed after the inclusion in a Chianti area.
It is located about 30 km in south of Florence.
Sitting in the Val di Greve, it is named for the small, fast-flowing river that runs through it, is the principal town in the Chianti wine district which stretches south of Florence to just north of Siena. Until recently it has been a quiet, almost bucolic town because it was, and still is, well off the main roads.

Main sights:
Franciscan monastery
– The triangular main square, where a market has been running more or less continuously for
– Chiesa Santa Croce which was rebuilt in 1325 after being burned to the ground, along with the rest of the town, by the Duke of Lucca, Castruccio Castracani.
Montefioralle (surrounding) where there is achurch of Santo Stefano, with a late 13th century Madonna with Child and a 15th century Trinity and Saints.
Castello da Verrazzano (distance 2 km)
Panzano, is a little town where there is Pieve of San Leolino, known from the 10th century.

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