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    stefanop54 is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Hello: We are three adults and one infant - 18mos old. We depart Bologna on May 8th to Tuscany where we will stay until May 13th. We were thinking of the Panzano area where we can easily walk to Greve, but we are open to suggestions for accommodation. We would like three bedrooms and two bathrooms - also kitchenette. Pool not necessary because it will probably be too cold.Once we are settled, here are some things we would like to do. I prefer to train to Florence but I will drive to Siena and the hill top towns. Also, wine tasting: I am a Brunello aficionado so I would like a top quality producer. I was thinking of Casanova di Neri but I am open to suggestions. Also a couple of other Chianti wineries which produce balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Your assistance would be appreciated. By the way we stayed in Castellina many years ago so we don't want to stay in that area again. Much thanks - Stefano

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    DonnaDenise is offline Senior Member - Expert about Tuscany
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    Buongiorno -

    I am not sure I would have said that you can easily walk to Greve from Panzano - it is at least a 6 - 7,5 km walk depending on the road you take.

    Though there is a bus you can take during the day, there is not night transport in this area, I believe the last bus is around 8:30 pm

    However, Panzano is a lovely area to stay in and you will find there are quite a few restaurants and shops in this little town. There is no train from Panzano or Greve - only a bus (number 365) and it is quite convenient, I have used it quite a bit myself when I lived in the area. It will take you right into the city center in about 40 min. There is no public transport to Siena that leaves directly from Panzano, so the car is really your best bet plus there is so much lovely landscape to experience between Chianti and Siena.

    If you are looking for someplace where you can walk into the town of Greve - you might want to look at
    I have visited these apartments for an article I wrote, and besides the homey feel - I loved the vineyard on location

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Lourdes is offline Administrator - DiscoverTuscany Team
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    If you've stayed in Castellina and in Chianti already, then why not go further south and stay closer to Montalcino and the Brunello wineries there if you'd love to visit the wineries there? Actually, any place between Siena and Montalcino or even closer to San Gimignano to the west of Siena would be good bases, particularly if you want to visit both Chianti and the Val d'Orcia (as well as Siena).
    Take a look by area, then by size:
    San Gimignano area - http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/san-gimignano/
    Montalcino - http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/montalcino/

    You can also guide your decision on the area of where to stay by also first deciding you want to stay on a wine estate or not - take a look at some of these: http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/wine-tastings/

    Train to Florence from Bologna is a good idea, then rental car once you're ready to leave Florence so you have the ease of moving around on your own schedule.

    A note on the balsamic vinegar - that's an IGP protected name and method of production in Modena, so in Chianti and Tuscany you can find estates making vinegar who cannot call it balsamic vinegar at all without "passing through" Modena. If they make balsamic vinegar, they need to send their grapes to Modena and have the vinegar produced there... or buy it from there and re-brand it with their name to sell as their own. I doubt they can produce it in Chianti at all, at least not call it that.
    Tosciano near SG is one of these I found with balsamic vinegar on their lists, but they are big enough to have various estates so it could be they are also in Modena: https://www.torciano.com/en/wine/balsamic-vinegar/
    Volpaia near Radda in Chianti is another one, making vinegar and not claiming it as balsamic - https://www.castellodivolpaia.com/en...ia/acetificio/
    This one outside Panzano and also has balsamic vinegar under its own label but considering it specializes in olive oil, not sure where the vinegar is produced - https://www.oleariadelchianti.com/it/company

    As for Brunello and wanting a top quality producer: if they have the Brunello DOC seal, it is likely to be good quality wine, I don't think they'd put it on the market otherwise. Small wineries here might only make a small amount and "only" sell locally, not having the resources to market internationally. Because you find a good Brunello overseas, consider the size the company has to be in order to have the resources to be there..... so my recommendation is to do lots of tasting and exploring with small wineries as you'll likely find a favorite that you will not find back home, only here. It might mean you will have to order direct to have more wines in the future, but definitely go for smaller wineries over the "name" or "top" brands.
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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