Day one in Italy ended with me in the quaint town of Greve. Located in the northern reaches of the Chianti region, and only some 30 kilometers south of Florence, it’s an ideal home base for visits in the region.  The village is well-known as a source of fine wine, and is also home to several renowned restaurants.

I booked a room at the small, family run Albergo del Chianti, which is located right in the triangular piazza that forms the heart of Greve. It’s a typical Italian three star hotel, lacking in some amenities but making up for it with its rustic charm. Arriving in the evening, it was easy to find the brightly lit Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, and the quaint Albergo tucked away in its northern corner.

Travel Tip: Le Cantine di Greve in Chianti

Le Cantine is simply one of the finest winebars in Italy. Tasting through 100 different wines, from all the finest regions of Tuscany, as well as some of the best from every region of Italy, is a great way to spend a few hours. Stop by late in the afternoon and grab a plate of Falorni cured meats to pair with your glass of Chianti, Brunello, or Super Tuscan. It’s a beautiful, and spacious, place to kick back and enjoy the best that the region has to offer.