WHAT TO SEE AND DO ALL YEAR ROUND
Casalone's location in the heart of Chianti offers the best of both worlds – seclusion in a beautiful landscape that's barely changed since medieval times yet with Tuscany's main attractions of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni all less than an hour's drive away. Close by there are vineyards, hilltop hamlets, quaint towns, gourmet experiences to be enjoyed and much, much more.
From culture-packed cities to scenic countryside and seasonal festivals, there are reasons to visit this fascinating area of Italy all year round. We hope the information below helps you make the most of your time here, whenever you choose to visit.
Things to do near Casalone
Florence is half an hour, Prato 40 minutes, Siena 50, Pisa 90 and Lucca two hours' drive away, all with exceptional cultural sights, galleries and museums. We can provide insider tips.
Famous villages and lesser-known gems are nearby. Walled Montefioralle with its castle, winery and several restaurants is within walking distance – if you can manage the steep hill!
A few kilometres away there's a full-time specialist who can teach you how to make the most tasty local dishes with the freshest ingredients. We're fortunate to have some of the region's best produce on our doorstep.
Let us know if you're interested in guided tours of castles or other historical sights. With 2,000 years of history there's plenty to choose from.
Vintage car or Vespa hire
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of the countryside, towns and villages in a classic convertible or even a Vespa for the day.
Glorious views followed by a Prosecco breakfast – what better way to see Chianti's vineyards, olive groves and ancient towns.
Explore the picturesque landscape with its rich wildlife on horseback for a day or a few hours. Riding centres cater for all levels of ability.
Chianti is one of the world's most celebrated wine regions. With so many tasting opportunities available you may like help putting together a tour that suits your tastes and interests.
There are organic farms in Chianti offering experiences in tastings, picnics, shopping and cookery lessons, along with the chance to learn more about organic farming practices.
A book of routes is in the house and there's a cycle shop in nearby Greve where you can hire bikes. We can also recommend walking routes.
Tuscany is heaven for foodies. Have a special dining experience in the privacy of Casalone with a private chef, eat out, or pick up the freshest local produce to cook yourself.
From retail outlets to flea markets and where to find the best hand-made leather or ceramic goods, we can point you in the right direction.
Tuscany throughout the year
With the arrival of Spring, this is the 'month of rebirth', when all towns celebrate with markets and craft fairs. You can also indulge in Montefioralle's delicious Frittelle Festival and Certaldo's truffle fair.