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

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

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Beautiful Towns of Tuscany – romantic Radda in Chianti

For those of you keen to get away from the more touristy spots, Radda in Chianti should definitely be on your list. It has a really lovely _lived-in_ feel to it, and that’s probably because a lot of local people … Read More