GREVE IN CHIANTI
Greve in Chianti, with approximately 14300 inhabitants, is one of the largest municipalities of the region of Tuscany, the whole territory is part of the province of Florence and includes several fractions for example: Ferrone, Passo dei pecorai, Strada in Chianti, San polo, Lamole, Lucolena, Panzano in Chianti. The capital Greve is a typical village on the Chiantigiana (SS222), the road which goes from Florence to Siena through the beautiful Chianti landscape; here we are in the heart of the famous Chianti Classico area, known all over the world for the production of excellent wine and extra virgin olive oil.
Since the Middle Ages, the history of Greve has been connected to its main square, Piazza Matteotti, which has always exercised the function of market place, mainly thanks to its crossroad position between Valdarno, Val di Greve and Val di Pesa.
The square is still today an attraction for tourists and a meeting place for the people of the town; It is characterized by its triangular shape and is surrounded by porticoes with traditional craft shops; it houses the palace of the municipality and the statue of the famous Navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, who was born just a few kilometres from the town, and who discovered the New York Bay; one end of the square is occupied by the Church of Santa Croce, built on the ruins of an ancient medieval church, which retains some notable art works from the surrounding parishes. On the opposite side there is a quaint alley, Via Roma, known to all as the “hamlet”; from here, going up a steep road one arrives at the Museum of Sacred Art, housed in the ancient Hospice of San Francesco.
Not to be missed is the small fortified village of Montefioralle, which is located on hill top position just 2 kilometres from the centre of town. Reachable by car in 3 minutes or by foot for those who love to walk in the open air, but be careful! It will take at least 15-20 minutes all uphill! In Montefioralle was born the great Navigator Amerigo Vespucci as is noted from the bee in the family coat of arms, on a door of a house.
Greve in Chianti participates in to the Slow cities movement founded in 1999 by the mayor Paul Saturnini together with the cities of Bra, San Daniele, Orvieto and Positano, and in collaboration with the Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini.
“…living in a Slow city, but also administrating it, means in essence to take time to create quality in all sections of civil life, slowing rhythms and fighting the paroxysms, to notice again and forever the flavours, colours and scents of the city and the world”
Participating cities are animated by people trying to regain time, where man is still the protagonist of the slow, beneficial succession of the seasons; respectful of the citizens’ health, the authenticity of the products and good food; rich in fascinating craft traditions, precious works of art, squares, theatres, shops, cafes, restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes; characterized by spontaneity of religious rites, traditions and the happiness of slow and quiet living.
The town of Greve is often animated by different events like biological markets of local handicrafts, parties, concerts, gastronomic events… which are repeated every year at the same time, almost allowing visitors to fix appointments year after year!