Tuscany Journals

Chianti in Tuscany

A June 2001 trip to Tuscany by shadow106

Quote: This was the second week of our 2 week trip (first week in Florence). We had a ball!

Chianti in Tuscany


After a week doing all the touristy things in Florence, it was really nice to sleep late, tour some vineyards, explore the hill towns, all at our own pace.

Quick Tips:

There's a lot closed on Sundays, but the town on San Gimignano was open, so I would recommend that.

Best Way To Get Around:

Rent a car and don't be subject to anyone else's timetable.

Le Vigne


This place was great!

When you get there, they greet you with a glass of sparkling wine, and a bread basket with some creative breads, not the usual stuff you see everywhere else. Also, they don't charge for cover or water, very unusual.

Try the pasta with duck, really good. I had the duck entree too, also good, with a side dish of some vegetables.

You MUST make reservations for this place. It's a little hard to find, but everybody does seem to find it, and it's worth it too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Le Vigne
Località Le Vigne
Radda in Chianti, Italy 53017
0577 738809

Yup, it's the same Verrazano as the bridge in NYC. Five hundred years ago Giovani Verrazano left Chianti and set off to discover NYC, and they have a commemorative stone from the bridge on their castle to prove it. It is right outside of Greve in Chianti, and what a great tour of the place it was! Our tour guide, Gino Rossi, had lived in the IS for a little while and so speaks perfect English. It's a 3-4 hour tour, including lunch and all the wine you can drink, but first a visit to the cellars too see the barrels. You learn all about wine making, and the whole culture there, the love/hate relationship they have with nature, and then Gino teaches you the proper way to taste a Chiant...Read More