February 2019 – Special Report: Charming Chianti

Who To Meet Along the Chianti Wine Road
Steeped in true Tuscan culture and history, Via Chiantigiana is nestled within the rustic and beautiful countryside between Florence and Siena and the only place where Chianti and Chianti Classico wines are produced. This is the road to take to explore this slice of heaven and we have four local friends we would like you to meet including a man preserving the local wine culture and a ceramics artist.

Surprising Bagno A Ripoli
Novelist Andrew Cotto lets us in on his little secret – Bagno a Ripoli – a relaxing place overlooking Florence that stole his art and became the setting for his novel Cucina Tipica. He gives his recommendations for how to make it a base to explore Chianti, Florence and beyond.

In Chianti Everything Old Is New Again
We talk to our favorite Chianti insider Judy Witts Francini about what’s new to see and do in the area (and shares her favorite place to stay too).  She tells us that while Dario the butcher is as famous as ever, we must meet the next generation of local butchers. Judy shares her secret for befriending locals (it involves going out for breakfast) and tells where to make our own ceramics, take an ebike tour and meet alpacas!

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