Greve in Chianti is a small lovely town situated in Val di Greve, between the cities of Florence and Sienna, at the beginning of Chianti’s territory.
Greve in Chianti is the leading town of the Gallo Nero’s region which holds up, furthermore other important agricultural and cattle raising activities, the innumerable vineyards that are going into the worldwide well-known Chianti and “Super Tuscan” wines.
On the second week of September the town is taking the chief role in the main Tuscan wines fair: “La Rassegna del Chianti Classico”.
According to the archaeological and scientifically researches effectuated in the territory, Greve in Chianti and its surroundings areas have been always inhabited, certainly before the Etruscan and Roman civilizations established there their settlements.
In the 11th century Saint Bernardo degli Uberti granted to the former hamlet a Monastery dedicated to Santo Savi which was ruled by the Florentine religious “Compagnia del Bigallo”. It was made up of two different structures: a Monastery and a small hospital.
On the ruins of the old Monastery, in the 15th century the Franciscans built up their Convent.
In 14th century two close feudal manors, Monteficalle and Montegonzi, contributed to Greve in Chianti’s increase as they were not able to keep on hosting their growing population. Its areas had been devastated by the Florentine’s troops during the struggles against the Lords of the Greve Valley. So, the old hamlet with a sparse population became, little by little, a populated village and began developing itself as a market locality of the neighbouring hamlets. In the 16th century the former hamlet was already changed into a village being known as “Mercatale a Greve” (Greve’s Market). Moreover, the village came into a fast growth because of it ideal geographical position, being located in a flat area where the road from Florence leading into Chianti’s territory is crossing the road which links the Pesa and Elsa Valleys to the upper Valdarno’s fraction.
In the second half of the 16th century Greve in Chianti had already a busy weekly market.
In the 19th century the old market town was the main centre in Val di Greve.
What to visit in Greve in Chianti:
- Piazza Giovanni da Verrazzano. Is a peculiar extended triangular form Piazza, surrounded by porticos, housing the large Market. The Piazza is fronted by several emblematic monuments, like:
- The Chiesa of Santa Croce, coming back from the 11th century and rebuilt in the 14th one. The church, further renovated, has a neoclassical façade and is hosting paintings by Beato Angelico’s school and a triptych by Bicci di Lorenzo.
- The former Convent of San Francesco is now hosting the “Museo di Arte Sacra” which houses an important collection of paintings, sculptures, religious vestments, objects and furnishing.
- A beautiful monument dedicated to the navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485-1528) who was born in Greve in Chianti. It is said that he discovered the New York harbour.
Where to sleep :
Main Towns of Chianti
Badia a Passignano,
Barberino val d' Elsa,
Castellina in Chianti,
Castello di Brolio,
Castello di Gabbiano,
Castello di Meleto,
Colle Val D' Elsa,
Greve in Chianti,
Mercatale Val di Pesa,
Panzano in Chianti,
Radda in Chianti,
Tavernelle Val di Pesa,
Badia a Coltibuono.
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