Wednesday, July 02, 2008

chianti classico

Morning coffee from our private terrace at La Loggia del Chianti Bed and Breakfast. Greve in Chianti, Italy. (2008).

No need to finesse this: my favourite Italy is the Tuscan Italy. You know the one ... the Tuscany of green hills, olive groves and endless vines ... of grand, sunny farmhouses and air that smells of oregano and thyme ... of heavenly local cuisine and velvety-rich Chianti wines.

At its best, the Tuscan countryside is a proverbial feast for the senses and, after having spent a weekend in the heart of the classic Chianti region, I have nothing to dispel that notion. Two words: go there.

Here are a few more pictures.

It looks a bit like a castle, but it's actually the town library. (But maybe it was once a castle - I'm not sure). Greve in Chianti, Italy. (2008).

Simply a rose. Greve in Chianti, Italy. (2008).

The friendly local butcher of the Fabiani Macelleria butcher shop. Greve in Chianti, Italy. (2008).

The town of Greve in Chianti, Italy. (2008).

Italian ducks. Mmmm, duck. Greve in Chianti, Italy. (2008).

A view of a vineyards, right behind our bed and breakfast. Greve in Chianti, Italy. (2008). Since the Chianti region of Tuscany is all about the wine ... we'll say a little more on the tipple in a future post ...

Tuscany is also famous for its food. Here's a snapshot of Connie at the Bortega del Moro, one of the best restaurants we ate at in all of Italy. If you go, make sure you order the eggplant-stuffed ravioli with truffles and the fish risotto. Simply unbelievable.


  1. Amazing. Simple beautiful.

  2. Morning coffee...I would love to just sit there until the sun goes down..

  3. Anonymous ... Tuscany simply amazes, go if you get the chance ...

    Runrui ... I wish I would've had more time to spend in Tuscany ...