Radda, Panzano and Greve, Italy ~ Chianti Country

We awoke to a sunny fall morning and over our breakfast of fresh-picked figs from the tree by our door, along fresh yogurt and milk we had brought from the Fattori Rossi, we decided to go into Radda to explore a bit.

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Some interesting berries in our parking lot

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The hilltop town of Radda is small enough to park and walk around the whole town easily. There is a public parking area and restrooms below the town if you can’t find parking along the mail street.

In the central piazza there is the lovely Church of San Niccolo.

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There’s a cafe on just below the church.

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Facing the church is the Palazzo Del Podesta, the “town hall” and it bears 51 coat of arms from area families.

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There are a some shops carrying leather goods, clothing, food and cooking products and more to explore.

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IMG_3247We left Radda and headed towards Greve – there are several ways to get there and we chose to go the roundabout way there. Here’s some sights along the way…

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I would hate to drive this gravel road at night. There weren’t any signs to signal the road was ending and you had to turn, so you would have flown right off the mountain if you kept going straight.

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There was a group of Americans doing a walking tour through the countryside. One was kind enough to take our picture. I was thankful for our car!

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We arrived in the small town of Panzano and walked around a bit…

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Wally dreaming…

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Arriving in Greve – it’s a good-sized town.

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The rooster is the symbol of Chianti

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The main piazza of Greve offers a good assortment of shops, restaurants and such.

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Pizza was calling, so we gravitated to Cafe Le Logge under the umbrelllas.

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IMG_3166Is your mouth watering?

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IMG_3171Inside was dessert choices and a bar

IMG_3173I browsed the shops a bit while waiting on our pizza to come

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IMG_3189Who wants some local wine?

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IMG_3193Our landmark back to our parking lot…

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IMG_3206One of the wineries along the way home to Radda

IMG_3223We happened upon one of the grape machines picking and had to stop to get a shot.

IMG_3227There was an ancient spring-fed water trough right by the road with gorgeous flowers next to it.

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IMG_3229and some odd looking bees…

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IMG_3234We made it back to Il Paggino and rested for a while before returning to Radda for dinner. We decided on Bar Dante, which looked pretty popular with the bicyclists.

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IMG_5482 We tried the wild boar stew and ribollita and both were delicious! The waitresses were friendly and spoke English, and we loved the casual atmosphere.

http://www.bardantechianti.com/english/bar-enoteca-dante.html

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And a delicious little chocolate cake to round it out.

IMG_5487Of course washed down with some local wine…

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Later in the week we went for desserts and were the last ones there. I realized when we got home that I had left my purse on the back of the chair (= panic!!).

We returned to find they had closed and no one was there. When we went the next morning, the owner retrieved it from behind the bar and told me to make sure everything was still there. Whew – what a relief – our passports were still there, along with everything else.

Thank you Bar Dante, for your honest and kind staff and ownership!

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