As autumn draws near, the place you should see the leaves start to change is up in the hills of Chianti. You will need a car to get to one of the most ancient little towns in Chianti. The village of Montefioralle hasn’t changed at all since its bustling days. It is still surrounded by its original walls. The walls were octagonal in shape with four gates. A quiet and authentic village in the Chianti still exists with views that dazzle. Montefioralle was first mentioned as a settlement in 1085. It belonged to the families Ricasoli, Benci, Gherardini and Vespucci. In 1325, it was taken over by Castuccio Castracani, the Duke of Lucca.
The simple village of Montefioralle
The Church of Santo Stefano was rebuilt in the 17th century and 18th century. It is located on the highest point of the village. Montefioralle is a fantastic village that has beautiful scenery surrounding it. The village itself holds so much energy of the many lives that have past through there.
Church of Santo Stefano
There is a house on the inner ring road that was the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci
. Who was said to have given his name to the Americas. You can find the entrance by a picture of a wasp and the letter “V” for Vespucci. These houses are built on arches and are one of the best examples of rural architecture of the Middle Ages in Tuscany. They are all still in excellent condition as well.
Sun shining through the trees
There is a restaurant within the walls of Montefioralle and it is called Taverna del Guerrino. It has two rooms for dining and enjoying the Tuscan cuisine while gazing at the picturesque views of the Chianti. There is also a terrace where you can sit during the summer months. The menu is small but it includes all the specialties like: crostini, ribollita, pasta with wild boar and Chianina beef steak. Served with homemade desserts and washed down with the local wine of the region.
Down the quiet roads of Montefioralle
Casetta Adele is located just next door to Taverna del Guerrino. This apartment was recently renovated in a traditional style with terracotta floors and beamed ceilings. There is a bedroom with a single bed, a TV lounge with a fireplace and a modern bathroom. The kitchen is on the lower floor which can be reached by a stone staircase. There is a small balcony, big enough for 2 chairs to admire the views around Montefioralle. For more information on Casetta Adele click here.
Gorgeous views of the Tuscan Hills
Montefioralle is a town that everyone can enjoy, especially the kiddies. There are no cars or motorini that run through these streets, only people. It is full of passages and hiding places that will entertain any child. There are many places to visit outside the Borgo of Montefioralle as well. To reach Montefioralle you can walk up from Greve in Chianti in 20 minutes, from Florence you can take a bus from the Sita bus station next to Santa Maria Novella Station.