Out and about in Tuscany

 

Other than the various towns of Tuscany and Umbria, there are the many wineries and street markets to interest you and fill your day -

Wineries and Wine Tours

Tuscany, the fifth-largest region in Italy, has been making wine for centuries, but it is only over the last two decades or so that it has emerged as a leading producer of quality wines. Covering a little more than 15,000 square miles in central Italy, Tuscany is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the west and southwest, Liguria to the northwest, Emilia Romagna to the north, the Marche and Umbria to the east, and Lazio to the southeast.


The key wine producing areas include Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri, Carmignano, Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Sangiovese is the main grape for most of Tuscany, producing everything from light and refreshing simple Chiantis to big and powerful Brunello di Montalcino or Chianti Classico riserva. International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also important, either as small additions to traditional wines or as major components in groundbreaking ones. Traditional white varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia are used widely, although the best dry whites at the moment are made with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

We can arrange trips for wine tasting and guided tours of some of the top vineyards of Tuscany. These include visits to Altesino, Avignonesi, Antinori, Poliziano, Castello di Monsanto, Castello di Verrazzano, Dievole, Castello Banfi, Fattoria dei Barbi, Caparzo, and other important vineyards/wineries.

We aim to hold wine appreciation evenings here during the summer on Thursday evenings. This will be a fun relaxed evening trying some of the various wines of Tuscany from our cellar along with some simple food.

 

.... and then there are some of the Street  Markets in Tuscany
 

Monday

Foiano della Chiana: Town centre - food market. 08:00-12:30
Pieve S. Stefano: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.
Radda in Chianti: Food market. Open in the afternoon of the fourth Monday of every month.

Tuesday

Anghiari: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.
Sansepolcro: In the streets around the centre - food market. 08:00-13:00.

Wednesday

Civitella di Val di Chiana: Food market (not huge). 08:00-12:30.
Monte S.Savino: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.

Thursday

Lucignano: Locally produced items. 08:00-13:00.
Montevarchi: Locally produced items.
Montepulciano: Local produce. 08:00-12:30.
Trequanda: Food market. Open on the first Thursday of every month.

Friday

Castiglion Fiorentino: Mixed / Locally produced items. 08:00-13:00.
Pergine Valdarno: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.
Montalcino: Fresh local produce. Open all morning
Pienza: Food items. 08:00-13:00

Saturday

Arezzo: General street market with over 100 stalls. Open in the morning.
Cortona: Locally grown fruits and vegetables. Open in the morning.
Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria (1st weekend of month)
Arezzo: Every first Saturday of the month from 10.00 to 20.00 in Piazza Sant’Agostino, the organic market "Open Countryside" takes place. Quality organic products from the Arezzo territory. Vegetables, fruit, olive oil, wine, cheese, bread, pasta, cakes, truffles, salamis, honey, ice-cream, sauces, conserves, flowers and plants