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Greve to Panzano hiking circuit

  • Greve to Panzano hiking circuit

    A 14-km hilly hiking circuit from Greve in Chianti to Panzano and back forms a gentle loop that should take around five hours, not allowing for a lunch stop. However, a lunch stop is recommended in Panzano, at one of the places we suggest in our Eating & Drinking section.  The map and full route description is visible at the link at the bottom so this is merely a summary. The route gives a sense of the Via Chiantigiana and its offshoots, passing farms, cypresses, olive groves and chestnut groves. Expect olive groves, gently rolling hills and dark cypresses standing sentinel.

    From Greve, the first leg is a short, steep but rewarding 2km hike before reaching Montefioralle and its wonderful views. In Greve, take via Roma and via San Francesco to the medieval village of Montefioralle, passing through classic Chianti landscape. Although there are stretches of asphalted roads, these are generally peaceful and cypress-shaded. The winding route leads to the walled settlement, once the feudal castle, perched on the hill. Although no longer a military outpost, Montefioralle is still fortified. The walls were once octagonal, bounded by four gates, parts of which survive. The village was the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci (1415-1512), who followed Columbus’ route to America. The explorer’s ancestral home lies along the main street, and is indicated by his coat of arms, incorporating a wasp. Wander along narrow alleys and secret passageways past well-preserved stone-built houses. Leg two of the hike then goes through silvery olive groves to Panzano, where you’ll probably stop for lunch. (See our suggestions below). Continue the walk back to Greve. Fortunately, leg three, the final leg, is all downhill. It takes you back to Greve through yet prettier countryside.

    Web: www.visittuscany.com/en/itineraries/hiking-the-ring-route-between-greve-and-panzano/

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