is rated one of the most beautiful villages in Italy
"Uno dei borghi più belli d'Italia"
as are Scarperia
in the Mugello,
Casciano dei Bagni
Festival on Saint Joseph's day
Festa o Sagra delle Fritelle
Fritelle are sweet fried rice cakes
- they are extraordinarily
15 & 16 March 2014
"I vini del
di vini e prodotti tipici
Wine and local products festival
17-18 May 2014
of Montefioralle is probably one of the most ancient in Chianti and is still today enclosed
within its original walls. These were initially two circuits but houses now
fill the space between the original structures. The walls were
octagonal in outline, with four gates, modifications of which still
exist. During the Middle Ages it was one of the
largest military and administrative centres of the area. The first notice of the settlement is from
1085. It belonged to the families Ricasoli, Benci, Gherardini and
Vespucci. In 1325 it was sacked by
highest point of the village, the church of S. Stefano, rebuilt in the
17 C and 18 C, may be visited. In the wide nave are a number of works of art,
notably a precious work of the 13 C depicting the Virgin Mary with
the baby Jesus and two angels, attributed to the Master of Bagnano or to the Maestro of
In the presbytery is the "Trinity and four Saints", an
anonymous work showing the influences of Neri di Bicci and Andrea del
Castagno. On the left is a painting of the Virgin Mary with the John the Baptist
and Saint Stephen, a work of the school of Lorenzo Monaco (beginning of the 15 C).
Until 1630, the name of the village was Monteficalle. Since the 18 C, this fortified village has
been overtaken in importance by
Greve in Chianti, originally a simply local market.
Dining with a local family in
Opportunities arise from time to time for small groups of visitors to our area (usually a single family or 2-3 couples) to share a meal with local people in their home. These are not professional occasions but rather an opportunity to enjoy non-restaurant local specialities and gain insight into Chianti life. Prices are very reasonable and someone who speaks English is available if your Italian is limited. More about dinner with a family in Chianti.
Communal dinner, held once a
year in Montefioralle
to Montefioralle under its old name in a pastoral poem by Boccaccio
(1313 - 1375).
Per la contesa che faceasi si desta
tal, che prima dormia malinconoso,
e, con superbia rizzando la cresta,
cominciò a picchiare l’uscio furioso:
e tanto dentro vi diè della testa,
ch’egli entrò dentro, non già con riposo,
ma con battaglia grande ed urlamento
e forse che di sangue spargimento.
Ma poi che messer Mazzone ebbe avuto
Monteficalli, e nel castello entrato,
fu lietamente dentro ricevuto
da què che prima l’aveavi contrastato;
ma poi che molto si fu dibattuto,
per la terra lasciare in buono stato,
per pietà lagrimò, e del castello
uscì poi fuor, umil più ch’un agnello.
(From: Ninfale fiesolano, ottave 244-245 [composed
Montefioralle for your holiday in Tuscany
is an ideal location from which to enjoy real Chianti country
life. The village itself is
virtually free of cars making it a
wonderful place for children to run free. The ancient
passageways, formerly the entrances to the castle, fascinate
children (and adults, too) coming from abroad. Vineyards stretch
away in every direction round about and, for those who like a
country hike, there are paths and dirt roads (the famous "strade
bianche" of Tuscany) passing by renaissance villas, stone
farmhouses and ancient parish churches (pieve).
There is one restaurant within Montefioralle and a second one
100 m down the road towards Greve in Chianti. Greve
itself is 20 minutes away on foot
and has an excellent supermarket as well as many speciality food
outlets and restaurants. The comfortable pullman bus to Florence
leaves from Greve and takes an hour to reach the centre of
Among the sights within 15 minutes drive of Montefioralle
a Passignano, Castello di
Verrazzano, Castello Vicchiomaggio
and Panzano in
the Via Chiantigiana, state highway 222,
one of the most
enjoyable motoring routes in Italy, runs through Greve on its
way from Florence to Siena.
Florence and Siena, in opposite
directions, are 45 minutes away by car.
Cascino is a converted and restored Tuscan farm 700 m from
Montefioralle offering apartments
for from 2 up to 12 persons if adjoining apartments are rented
together. Large swimming pool and
complete tranquility guaranteed! Click
more about Il
Cascino vacation apartments.
Greve in Chianti
"La Rimbecca" is large
mediaeval farmhouse holiday rental with accommodation for up to 10
pool. The house is located on a hill top near Montefioralle and overlooking Greve in Chianti.
La Rimbecca is surrounded by four acres of vines and olive trees.
More about La Rimbecca Tuscan holiday