"Panzano" Tuscany Off The Beaten Path Tip by magor65
Tuscany Off The Beaten Path: 64 reviews and 147 photos
Panzano is a charming little town situated in the heart of Chianti region. We had chosen it for our temporary home during our summer stay in Tuscany. Being located halfway between Florence and Siena, it was an excellent starting point for different trips in the region, and at the same time it offered peace and quiet far away from crowds.
The historic part of the town preserved its medieval character of a borgo (a village built around a castle). The castle is still there, but now it's a private property, so you can only look at it from outside.
There is one main street that leads from the town square up to the church of Santa Maria. The church looks picturesque and old, but actually it was completely renovated a hundred years ago.
One of the attractions of Panzano is a local butcher's shop. Its owner, Dario Cecchini, is far from being a typical butcher. I would rather call him a propagator of Panzano and the Chianti region. There are always some tourists in the shop, and apart from buying local sausages and meat, they talk to Dario, listen to his stories, drink wine and taste bread with lard.
Panzano has also several nice restaurants, an enoteca and on Sunday morning an open air market where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, local cheese and bread.
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