Whether you are an art lover, gourmand, cyclist or wine lover there is something for everyone in Tuscany. A stay at Podere Ciona begins with taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Chianti Classico wine region, getting settled in one of our villas and helping yourself to a glass of wine! When it comes to daytime activities, there is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is knowing where to start. And while everyone has different ideas on how they would like to spend their time in Tuscany, here are some suggestions to take advantage of the region. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! We’ll help you with your itinerary so you can make the best of your time in Tuscany.
You will definitely want to spend some time checking out the gorgeous scenery and stopping in towns along the way. The Chiantigiana is a scenic highway that goes from Florence to Siena covering the villages of Greve in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti. It traverses a picturesque part of Tuscany dotted with castles, fortified Renaissance villas, abbeys and churches, as well as terraced hillsides lined with olive trees and vines. The surrounding villages of Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti are not too far away and also deserve a detour not only for the beauty of the landscape but also because the area concentrates large number of farms and wine cellars many of which offer tastings of their own wines. These are marked by roadside signs indicating “Degustazione” or “Wine Tasting”.
While it is easy to drive 1 hour on the A1 highway and arrive in Florence, the main issue is parking. We highly recommend to our guests to take the train from the nearby town of Montevarchi. With trains departing every hour, you will find yourself in the center of Florence, hassle free so you can focus on the museums, restaurants and the thrill of walking this jewel of a city.
A trip to Siena requires a 30 minute drive and your walking shoes! Although it is a small city, you can easily spend the day walking its steep streets, touring its Duomo, lounging in the city’s main Piazza, stopping for a long lunch and of course finishing the day with gelato!
Approximately 1.5 hour by car to the west is the town affectionately known as Medieval Manhattan due to its soaring towers. A small, walled hill-town, it is famous for its unique preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses. Within the walls, the wellpreserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also known for its white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
In just under 1 hour from Podere Ciona, a drive to the east will put you in the lovely town of Arezzo. Bordered by the Appenninesit is set in the middle of four valleys which radiate off from the town: the Val Tiberina , Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana. A blend of artistic itineraries, ranging from Piero della Francesca to the Della Robbia Family, offer a chance to admire the paintings, sculptures and architecture that make even the smallest hamlets of this region unique. The Antique Furniture Exhibition is not to be missed - it takes place the first week end of every month.