18 km from our B.& B. Del Giglio
It is a pretty town famous for the various markets, fairs, exhibitions that take place every year and one of the centers for the trade and enhancement of Chianti Classico Gallo Nero wine.
It has a triangular-shaped square with porticoes on both sides, very attractive, with a monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano (from 1913), (born at the castle of the same name in Val di Greve. 1485-1528 circa), he was the first European to explore the coast of the future British colonies (nucleus of today’s United States), including New York Bay, which he entered on April 17, 1524.
In the fifties and sixties the Tuscan explorer was recognized as the first discoverer of the area and the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge was dedicated to him.
On April 17 of each year, Verrazzano Day is celebrated both in New York and at the Castello di Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti.
In front of the Town Hall is the Bronze Sculpture ” Winged Torso ” by Igor Mitoraj (2001). On the right side of the square is the Antica Macelleria Falorni, owned by the family of the same name, run by the eighth generation.
On the opposite side of the square is the church of Santa Croce (1834), with valuable works from churches in the surrounding area, including: a fourteenth-century fresco, Madonna and Child, by the Master of Greve, a Triptych by Bicci di Lorenzo 1420.
Beyond the square is the Museum of Sacred Art, with valuable works of art.
In the historic center there is also the Wine Museum. An important tasting and marketing centre. Nearby, beautiful castles (Colognole Castle, Verrazzano Castle, Vicchio Maggio Castle, Uzzano Castle) and Renaissance villas including Villa Vignamaggio (birthplace of Mona Lisa Gioconda, model of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.