June 21, 2011, 05:24 PM
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It’s possible to do it all in one day, but of course much depends on how much time you plan to spend in Castellina and in Gaiole in Chianti. The wine tasting also should be rather quick.
As to driving in the Chianti region in the afternoon, again much depends on how long the dinner will last. Generally, Tuscan dinners tend to be rather long:-)
This type of “quick” tour all in one day can come out a bit tiring; maybe you might consider spending one night in Chianti as well, after the dinner at the Castle of Brolio. In this way you will have the opportunity to visit all the lovely hilltop towns of Chianti calmly so to enjoy your Tuscan tour at its best. Chianti is actually one of the most beautiful parts of all Tuscany.
In case you decide to stop a night in Chianti, we would be happy to suggest some good options for your accommodation, just let us know:-)
As to traveling from Florence to Siena, you have 2 possibilities: the SS2, known as the Cassia or Senese road, that is only a two lane road, or the highway Firenze-Siena that starts near the A1 "Firenze-Certosa" entrance, that is four-lanes. This last one is faster as it skips most of the small towns you’ll find on the SS2.
You may find this post on moving around Tuscany by car very helpful.
Just post again for any other tip you may need :-)
Have a nice day!
June 22, 2011, 01:14 PM
yes but a long day!
Yes, your whole itinerary can be done in a day but it will be a long day!
Siena is beautiful and the morning will pass quickly. Leave early from Florence, I recommend taking the SS2 Elena suggested as it is faster to get there. Then take the Via Chiantigiana up to Castellina - a visit to the small hilltop town is recommended, you can also visit a local winery if you wish or do wine tastings in town. Several wine shops offer them on the main streets in town.
Continue on to Radda, making a stop to visit the small town... depending on the time you spent in Castellina, you'll decide how long to stay here. From Radda, drive directly to the castello di Brolio for dinner. Gaiole isn't a hilltop town itself so the sights to see are virtually zero. The castle and the surrounding views are what you're after in this area Since they also offer tastings and tours, you might want to include that in your plans.... so maybe you can do tasting there instead of in Castellina.
Returning to Florence after dinner you can always take the road that takes you past Greve - being as it will be August, there are often events at night and depending on what time you pass by, you might want to stop in any case to take a look. The main sights in Greve are the main piazza where most events take place in any case
Note: For the Osteria at Brolio - make note that it is closed on Thursdays and make sure to reserve so you know by what time you have to be there. Contact info here: http://www.ricasoli.it/Osteria/?&lang=2
Enjoy your trip to Tuscany!
June 22, 2011, 05:48 PM
Thank you all!
All this suggestions will be really useful for us! I loved it!
Will follow your suggestion and drive back per Greve in Chianti and look if we find something going on there too We have already made reservations in the restaurant for diner
Thanks Again, this is a wonderful forum!