San Polo in Chianti
San Polo in Chianti is a country hamlet south of Florence, the northernmost of the Chianti villages. The tiny town is a rural oasis of tranquility. It is administratively part of Greve in Chianti. The town is within the famous wine territory of Chianti Classico, and two of the vintage's famous wineries is located here; Castello di Tizzano is still owned by the noble family and produces excellent wines and olive oil. It's also worth a visit to Ruffino's Montemasso estate to see how the wine is made (and taste it, of course!). The San Polo facility, located in a former monastery, was the international brand's first Tuscan winery. There are other wineries located in and around San Polo in Chianti, as well, though, so you can visit a smaller local producer to compare the vintages.
The Church of San Polo is dedicated to the patron saint. It is a Romanesque structure that holds some artwork, including a panel of the Virgin with Child and Saints. The campanile is an 11th century stone tower. The church of San Miniato in Rubbiana also bears Romanesque features, though some were covered up and altered into Gothic style; the church dates to 1077.
San Polo in Chianti is famous for its flowers, in particular, the iris cultivated here. The flower is celebrated with a big festival every May.
The village offers Chianti old world charm with the manicured Tuscan countryside of grape vines and olive groves but with the added beauty of forest-covered hills, as San Polo sits between Monte Masso and Monte Muro. The town has a supermarket and some shops and coffee bars, as well as a few restaurants.
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