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Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

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Halifax, Canada
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Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

Hello!

We are a family of four (2adults and 2daughters in their 20s) looking to spend 5nights in the Chianti area. We plan to rent a car so that we can make day trips.

However we are looking for accommodation (B&B,inn, villa, apartments) that is within walking distance to one of the towns (Greve, Radda, Panzano etc.).

We would like to be able to stroll into the town in the evening for dinner or have a few glasses of wine without worrying about driving back to our accommodation in the dark.

If anyone has suggestions that would be greatly appreciated!

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Florence Italy
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1. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

You might want to check out Villa Le Barone (www.villalebarone.com) in Panzano; it is a bit of a hike to get to town, however.

Also check out the Relais Fattoria Vignale (www.vignale.it) in Radda in Chianti. Alternatively, you might want to lo check out Palazzo Squarcialupi in Castellina in Chianti (www.palazzosquarcialupi.com).

These last two are pretty much located in town. But they are lovely properties (actually, all three of them are), and perhaps might suit your needs.

London, United...
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2. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

Have you tried to search directly in the villas on tripadvisor: tripadvisor.co.uk/…

Edited: 11:52 am, February 20, 2013
Castellina in...
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3. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

There's a good list here: www.chianti.info/chianti_without_car.htm

Mostly in or near Greve but also one or two other places.

Norwich, Norfolk, Uk
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4. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

You'd probably be better looking for accommodation in a town rather than just outside it. Finding somewhere with a countyside feel, but within walking distance of a town is more difficult than it sounds. The reason is that even if somewhere is technically within walking distance the reality is usually that there are no pavements/sidewalks or street lighting to make it safe to walk home after dark, properties are often located off the main road, some distance down a dirt track and the route may be pretty steep. So ask lots of questions before you book based in distance alone.

Halifax, Canada
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5. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

Thank-you so much for the replies! It is looking like we would be best to find a place in the countryside. We would like a 2bedroom apartment with a kitchen/kitchenette so we are able to cook some of our own meals a pool would also be a plus.

We would like to be clos-eish to a town (short drive) where we can go for dinner, get groceries and such. Does anyone have recommendations of a town we may be interested in placing ourselves close to? Or even better a place to stay?

The general consensus seems to be that areas near Greve are quite touristy..and that there is not much selection for dinning, cafes etc within greve itself.

Thanks again!

PS We will be travelling in July (5nights in Chianti)

Florence Italy
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6. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

Hi Theetravelgur - then we'll go back to one of our usual favorites, which is Calcione (www.calcione.com). It's near-ish to Arezzo and Siena, and has a lovely little hilltop town about 15 minutes away. It's called Lucignano.

We disagree, courteously, about Greve. Yes, visitors go there, but for a very good reason. The main square is absolutely lovely, has a couple of good bars, a lovely enoteca/wine bar just off the piazza, two seriously good butchers.

If there's a pocket of Chianti that hasn't been discovered, we would sure love to know where it is. It's still too beautiful to ignore.

You might want to check out the "Best, Scenic Tuscany Town on a Cliff" thread, and pay particular attention to LaStraniera's comment, in which she supplies all of us with off-the-beaten-track places to consider visiting.

Since you're visiting in July, you are quite right to want a pool.

Good luck with your quest -- please let us know if we can help out any further.

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7. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

We stayed here and really liked it, about 10 minutes walking to Greve

greve-in-chianti.com/vacation_apartments_mon…

Salt Lake City, Utah
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8. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

I stayed at this agriturismo about 1 km outside Greve once and would return. I did have a car. Each apartment ha its own outdoor seating area and there is a pool (unheated). There would be hills involved in walking to town but it's not impossible.

http://www.patriziafalciani.com/

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9. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

I don't think Greve is any more touristy than any other town you'll find in the guide books and they are all in there for a reason. It certainly is not overrun in the way that places like San Gimignano, Cortona or the cities are. I also think there are some thoroughly decent restaurants in the area. If you want a bigger choice of restaurants and cafes etc. you need to be looking at somewhere bigger, perhaps somewhere like Siena, Arezzo, Lucca, Montepulciano. I'm not sure you are going to find a picturesque Chianti town so much bigger than Greve.

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10. Re: Accommodation within walking distance to a Chianti Town

My wife and I stayed in Panzano here (http://www.poderelacasa.com/) and found it perfect for proximity to vendors and restaurants as well central to some of the most beautiful walks in the area. It's also about 6 km to Greve for larger shopping opportunities. The cottage had two bedrooms, each sizeable and the hosts could not have been nicer. It's a working farm so helping the family with apples, pears and olives was a lot of fun.

The town of Panzano (pop. 900) is small enough that you quickly get immersed and know everyone.

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