Panzano in Chianti is a picturesque fortified small village overlooking the infinite plantation of vineyards and olive groves located in the “Conca d’Oro” (Golden Valley), the main wine’s area in Chianti’s territory. The village rises on a beautiful hill, at 498 meters above the sea level, in the Greve Valley, at a short distance from Florence and Siena.
Panzano has Etruscan and Roman origins, and takes its name from the latter civilization.
In the 11th century the development of the feudal hamlet notably increased due to the politic and economic influence of the Castle which dominated its area. The castle, now a private property, was erected on the hilltop on an edge dividing the Val di Greve from the Val di Pesa.
Panzano in Chianti never lost its ancient features and traditions, and in the 19th century it was the most populated village in Greve’s Valley. Panzano’s long lived flourishing economic situation is mostly due to its agricultural and cattle raising activities and in particular to its huge wine production famous all over Italy and abroad.
Click here to see main monuments to visit in Panzano :
Where to eat:
- “Il Vescovino”: is a well-known restaurant considered as one of the best gastronomic sites in the Chianti territory. It offers a high class innovative cuisine coming from local roots. The wine list is as furbished as excellent.
We are also suggesting some of the numerous and good wine shops located in Panzano:
- Enoteca Baldi: is a little charming bar with an amazing selection of Chianti wines. It also has a good list for light meals or tasty snacks.
- “Festa della Stagion Bona”: is held each year on the 25th April to celebrate the beginning of the “good season”. A big parade of local people in Renaissance’s costumes goes through the village representing Medieval games. The village offers everyone a big variety of stands with locally cooked traditional food and its prestigious wines.
- “Vino al Vino”: a wine festival taking place in the main square of Panzano on the third weekend of September. People enjoy a splendid merry atmosphere with music, local food and an endless tasting of Panzano’s wines.
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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