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Day-trips in Tuscany #2 – The Hills of Northern Chianti

Rada in Chianti, lovely walled town near the vacation villa to rent in Chianti, Podere Patrignone www.patrignone.com

Guests who come to stay at our Chianti villa rentals near Castellina in Chianti are often looking for day-trip ideas. A couple of weeks back I described our most popular day-trip, to San Gimignano and Volterra. This week I’m heading north of Patrignone into the Chianti Hills. You can do this loop in any direction you like, and …

Day-trips in Tuscany #1 – San Gimignano, Colle & Volterra

Guests at our agriturismo in Chianti are always asking us for ideas for day-trips, and so we’ve got good and creating manageable tours that won’t leave you exhausted. And here’s the first. It’s one of our most popular days out. It’s a circular tour that starts and ends at Podere Patrignone, but you can start …

A romantic escape in Tuscany

Il Forno: a cute little 1-bedroom studio apartment in Tuscany outdoor patio The next instalment in our tour of Agriturismo Podere Patrignone, your holiday home in Chianti Il Forno is a small, but thoughtfully laid-out 1-bedroom apartment. Although it’s our smallest apartment, it’s extremely pretty, and beautifully decorated with interesting artefacts. You have your own …

Drama, excitement, intrigue…donkeys…what more do you want?

You’ve seen the Palio, Senese-style, now see the Palio, San Donato-style. Intrigue, excitement, near-death accidents, flag-waving, this has it all. There’s great street-food, lots of stalls selling arts & crafts, games for the kids, processions, drummers, flag-throwers. We got a table in the main square and ordered loads of different dishes to share, roast meats, …