Greve in Chianti




Wednesday, Exploring Greve in Chianti

We left the Castello di Verrazzano and drove into the town of Greve in Chianti.

Ducks and a cat

We found a place to park on a side street and walked a couple of blocks to the main square, the Piazza Matteotti Giacomo. Along the way we crossed a bridge over a stream.

Greve in Chianti See that little gray and white clump on the right of the stream near the wall?
It is the cat you can see in a photo below.


Greve in Chianti Some ducks along the stream.
Greve in Chianti The cat I mentioned above.


As we made our way to the Piazza Matteotti Giacomo we stopped at the Bottega del Chianti Classico where we bought some little pourers (€5.90) that you can put in the top of the wine bottles to reduce the amount of dripping when you pour the wine.

The Antica Macelleria Falorni

The Antica Macelleria Falorni is one of Italy's most famous butcher shops, established in 1700.

The Antica Macelleria Falorni This is the main reason we stopped here. The Antica Macelleria Falorni, a butcher shop.


Below are some photos taken inside the macelleria.

The Antica Macelleria Falorni
The Antica Macelleria Falorni


The Antica Macelleria Falorni


The Antica Macelleria Falorni






The Antica Macelleria Falorni


The Antica Macelleria Falorni
The Antica Macelleria Falorni


The Antica Macelleria Falorni Wild boar prosciutto with the hide still attached. I'll take mine without the hair, please.


The Antica Macelleria Falorni A couple of butchers.
The Antica Macelleria Falorni Some butcher's implements.


They had cheese in the 13th century cellar.

The Antica Macelleria Falorni


The Antica Macelleria Falorni
The Antica Macelleria Falorni


The Antica Macelleria Falorni
The Antica Macelleria Falorni


Piazza Matteotti Giacomo in Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti A stuffed wild boar




Greve in Chianti


Greve in Chianti


Greve in Chianti
Greve in Chianti


Greve in Chianti The rebuilt church of Santa Croce, which houses some beautiful paintings of the school of Fra Angelico


Greve in Chianti
Greve in Chianti A statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano.


Le Cantine

When we were taking the cooking classes, Giulietta told us about a place in Greve where you can taste up to 100 different wines. Her agriturismo, Fagiolari, is located in the Chianti region in the town of Panzano, not too far away from Greve. The place she was talking about is Le Cantine and we checked it out.

Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti


Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti


Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti


Here are a few photos of objects in the museum portion of Le Cantine.

Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti
Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti


Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti
Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti


The museum is located in the same building with the store.

Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti This statue is located between the museum and the store.


Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti

This is one of many stations in the store. You buy a card and go around to the machines tasting what you want until the money on your card runs out. You can reload the card if you want. We did not do any tasting here.



Le Cantine in Greve in Chianti You can also taste local olive oil


Sites around Greve in Chianti

Black Rooster Sculpture in Greve in Chianti

In the year 1924, the Consorzio per la difesa del vino tipico del Chianti, was formed and took the black rooster (or "Gallo Nero") as its symbol. Since 2005 the black rooster is the emblem of the Chianti Classico producers association; from that year all Chianti Classico wines have that symbol on the neck of the bottle indicating that the wine is produced in the Classico area and according to the Chianti Classico rules.

This sculpture was back near where we parked the car.



Strange Sculpture in Greve in Chianti This strange sculpture is in a round-about near where we parked the car.
Tower in Greve in Chianti This tower was also located near where we parked the car.


Next, we drove to Florence. Our hotel was located in the heart of the city, and at this point I was most grateful that I had reserved the GPS!










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