San Stefano is the parish church of Montefioralle. In its excistance the church has been reconstructed several times and its present exteriors dates from the end of 18th century. The original church is, however, much older most probably from the 6th century. The interiors of the church maintained forms from the 6th up to 17th centuries.
Montefioralle is a real beauty of Chianti and the whole of Tuscany. I have discovered it only by chance but found it even more beautiful then San Gimignano or Volterra. It is a kind of place I would like to grown old.
I spend half a day here strolling around and having extremelly pleasant chat with the locals. Don't miss "La Castellina", the only restaurant in the place, where you'll get great food and meet very friendly people.
Montefioralle has long history and was important stronghold in the wars between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. It was headquarters of the Leauge of the Greve Valley. In that time the town was endowed with two sets of walls.
What a difference after bussy streets of Florence, e real boon for body and soul. The whole interiors of the village was built with care and love and the only thing you can feel about is to be envy to those who live here. I've asked if any of this houses is on sale, smile on the faces of locals told me more then a tousand words.
According to certain internet sites, Montefioralle was native place of Amerigo Vespucci.
If your time in Tuscany is limited, Le Cantine di Greve in Chianti is the ideal destination to slake your thirst for Tuscan and Italian wines. Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm, Le Cantina is situated just across the canal from public parking at Piazzale Ferrante Mori, but is also within easy walking distance from Piazza Matteotti.
Wines at Le Cantina is divided into different categories and positioned around a circular wine-tasting counter. To taste their wines, you purchase a wine card (cost between 10 and 25 Euros), depending on how many wines you would like to taste. Wines differ in price, depending on a number of factors, which would no doubt include reputation, quality and label.
Place your wine card into the card slot and your glass beneath the spout in front of the bottle you’d like to try. Press the green button and voila, a small measure of wine appears in your glass! It is as easy as that! The amount, which is clearly displayed beneath the green button will be detracted from the value on your wine card.
There are literally hundreds of wines in Le Cantina, including the infamous grappa and the revered Super Tuscans.
A nice touch is the oil tasting – lovely olive oil on small pieces of bread, free of charge!
The number of short and arched passageways make the whole place even more pitoresque and charming. House pats are strolling all around or sitting in the shadow showing no fear towards me the intruder who inquisitively explore their territory. Instead, they were staring at me waiting to be caressed.
Would you like to live here? Wouldn't you like to buy a house here? Me too, but unfortunatelly they don't sell it. Each of this houses is different, you wont find any of the doors that looks alike, each of the windows is unique. This houses were biuilt and rebuilt during the centuries in order to look like a sweet home.
Walk around the town, you'll find a bridge across this river. From where we parked, we had to cross the river (a modest brook at this time of the year) to reach the central market square.
A must see, this statue, the Torso Alato (or 'torso with wings') in the central market square. Hey, it's modern art - by Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj.
Prosciutto, salami, guanciale, rigatino, capocollo, all hanging from the ceiling of this old style butcher shop. Don't miss the wild boar sausage and the heavilly peppered dried pancetta.