The Gateway to Chianti
The town of Greve, exactly halfway between Florence and Siena, is famed for being the gateway to Chianti. This world-famous hilly area is the epitome of good food and typical Tuscan artisanship.
The history of Greve is strongly linked to the beautiful castle of Montefioralle, which dominates the town from above. Here, every Saturday, you can stroll among the stalls of a large market that boasts a long tradition. In the 13th century, the fortress formed the centre of the village, which today corresponds to Piazza Matteotti: under its arcades, it now houses shops, craft workshops and restaurants. The square also contains the Palazzo del Comune and the Church of Santa Croce, with its neoclassical façade, which is home to a 14th-century fresco and a triptych by Lorenzo di Bicci. A few steps from the church, in what was once the hospital of St Francis, you will find the Museum of Sacred Art.
It is impossible to bid farewell to Greve without first trying its food and wine delicacies, such as the bright, ruby-coloured Chianti Classico DOCG or Sangiovese.