Going back to living in small historical centres, getting to know the atmospheres, the lights, the colours, the smells, the flavors of that sustainable and authentic life model which makes our country unique in the world, enhance the great heritage of history, art, culture, environment and traditions of the villages which stand outside the traditional circuits. A trip to Tuscany is definitely worth it to explore the Chianti Classico hills and go as far as the villages of Montefioralle, in the municipality of Greve in Chianti, and San Donato in Poggio, in the municipality of Barberino Tavarnelle, on the border between the Florentine and Sienese areas, to admire some of the most precious treasures of the region’s architectural, historical and landscape heritage. Montefioralle and San Donato in Poggio have risen to the Olympus of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” by becoming part of the national network which includes 350 municipalities recognized as gems of a hidden Italy, waiting to be discovered. After careful evaluations, the villages have been awarded the quality mark, delivered by the “The most beautiful villages in Italy” association, because they are deemed to possess all those requisites that enhance the authenticity of the places, the beauty of the architecture, the hospitality, the typicality of the historical-artistic and food and wine resources. Montefioralle and San Donato in Poggio are a tribute to harmony, to the quality of living in campaign and the collaborative process that involved the respective communities.
The Chianti villages, a few kilometers away from each other, are part of a selective circuit of national scope that aims to enhance the Italian villages that represent the qualities and peculiarities of Italy in the world. Breathtaking views, historic buildings, alleys, squares, monumental churches constitute the value of the ancient world of Montefioralle and San Donato in Poggio, whose castles dominate the Chianti countryside. The millenary roots and the genuineness of the local cuisine, inspired by tradition and the recipes of the past jealously guarded by the resident families, make the villages triumph.
The small towns of Chianti have won the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy for the urban and architectural quality, the enhancement activity and promotion of one’s assets, the presence of a tourist and cultural offer, the urban network and accessibility, the homogeneity of the structures and the vitality of the community.