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Monday, December 10, 2012

Tuscany's Wine Country: The Wine-Lover's Dream

Landscape in the Italian wine region of Greve ...
Landscape in the Italian wine region of Greve in the Chianti area in Tuscany, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By []Giovanni Balboni

If you want to spend time in a place where there's fabulous wine, food and the kind of natural beauty that inspires great art, how about spending a week or two in one of those amazing villas in Tuscany's prime wine region- Chianti!

In Chianti, you'll certainly find your fill of everything that makes for a great holiday. Here are a few of the things that may convince you to choose Chianti when choosing which of the numerous villas in Tuscany to make as your home away from home for the holidays.

The Countryside

As a base for exploring the region, villas in Tuscany's Chianti region offer a magical base to enjoy the glorious scenery without forgoing access to the art, culture and other urban attractions of Italy's more crowded and modern cities. Here, you can opt to enjoy a slower, more enjoyable pace, just taking in the beauty of nature and charming little towns such as Greve, Panzano, Radda and Castellina. The hamlets of Montefioralle and Volpaia, are also must-sees on your itinerary.

For an authentic Chianti experience, you may also want to forgo your ultra-luxurious villas in Tuscany for a day or so and experience life on the farm - or in this case, at the vineyard. The growing popularity of 'agroturismi' allows visitors to stay at working farms for a closer view of the land and its bounty.

 Museums, Churches and More

Whether you choose villas in Tuscany's big bustling cities or quiet sleepy towns, you're never far from the art and architecture of the masters, as exhibited in the countless galleries, museums, churches and other monuments in the area.

Florence is, of course, the centre, with its Duomo (The Cathedral of Sant Maria del Fiore) and Uffizi (The Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most important galleries in the world), palazzos and more. Florence is an art and cultural destination in itself - you could choose one of the villas in Tuscany's capital as your base and never run out of museums, galleries and palaces to visit without once stepping outside its walls!

Still, that would be a shame, as there are many more of these cultural wonders to experience in the other areas such as Siena, Greve, Castellina and Pisa, to name a few.

Don't Forget the Food and Wine

Let's not forget the primary reason to choose the region's premier wine district for your stay - the wine! Many of the wineries are open for a tour and a tasting, particularly for the festival of Cantine Aperte. At this time, tastings are free, and you won't even need reservations.

Olive groves are also the region's pride, and while it is not normally possible to visit an oil press, olive oil and related products can be purchased directly from the producers. Olives are pressed in November and December and the olio nuovo or new oil, is available after then.

Giovanni Balboni works for To Tuscany, who specialise in finding the perfect []villas in Tuscany in Chianti as well as selected villas in Umbria and Puglia. To Tuscany is proud of their villas and their reputation. All our []villas in Tuscany properties are personally selected and visited by our representatives to ensure we offer only the best in the region.

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