Tuscany is a region endowed with a magnificent history and culture, whose deep humanistic roots firmly attach to the values of the intellectual, artistic, gastronomic and architectural tradition. Tuscany, a land of renowned historical figures, works of art, monuments and cities, is also a suitable Italian destination for those interested in real estate. Specifically, the Coline del Chianti area [Chianti hills], between the provinces of Siena, Arezzo and Florence, is probably the ideal place to relax, spend a holiday or make a smart investment in a sun-bathed land, rich in history and tradition.
Greve, in the Chianti region (Florence), is surely the prototypical municipality of the small mountain range, home to the highest peak overlooking the rugged hills. Moreover, it hosts the famous Chianti Classico vineyards, the DOCG wine, the prestigious trademark of Tuscan and Italian wine production.
Tuscany, basking in the soothing Mediterranean climate, enjoys mild temperatures all year round and especially so in the spring and summer, admittedly the best seasons to visit. Amongst Tuscany’s main cities we find Florence, the capital of the Italian Renaissance, home of the prestigious museum Galleria degli Uffizi [Uffizi Gallery], birthplace of Dante and Giotto among many others, and cradle of the Italian and Western culture. Machiavelli, Savonarola, the Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent: each name tells a story.
Bridges over the Arno, villas, churches -including its magnificent cathedral, palaces and towers, squares, and the unmistakable Florentine dialect in the background. Beyond Florence, we find Arezzo, a typical Tuscan city, birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the genius of Renaissance’s painting and sculpture, and Francesco Petrarca, a leading poet of the late Middle Ages and first humanist in history. Last but not least, Siena, another Chianti producing province, known worldwide for its Palio, but also for the beauty of its historical centre, a medieval and Renaissance wonder guarded by the city walls, where Duomo’s white mass reigns supreme.
Pistoia is another Tuscan city worth a visit, as surely is the marble-producing area in the provinces of Massa and Carrara. Marble was extensively used in all major decorations during Renaissance’s artistic flourishing, with Michelangelo’s David as its major –and possibly most famous- exponent.