by Giulio Saturnini
The last lap of our journey along the Regional Road 222 leaves from Strada in Chianti and meanders along the Chianti hills from Siena to finally reach Florence. Right in the centre of the town, in Piazza Landi, the historic artisan pasta manufacturing plant, Fabbri, is worthy of note. The premises also host a small museum dedicated to the history of the traditional production.
Hitting the road once more, at “La Martellina”, we find the junction for Impruneta. In less than five minutes we reach Piazza Buondelmonti, vibrant town centre which holds the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria all’Impruneta. On the last Sunday in September, the same piazza comes to life on the occasion of the “Festa dell’Uva” (the Grape Festival) which reaches its 92nd edition this year. .
The famous artistic terracotta pottery, typical of Impruneta, can be admired along the Chiantigiana, in the location of “Giardino di Zago” (Zago’s Garden) next to the headquarters of the company with the same name. One curve after another leads us to Ugolino. Going across the golf course which has been the main reference point for Florentine golf enthusiasts and not only for over 80 years, the road starts descending towards the city.
Before reaching the town of Grassina, we pass near the Tabernacle of Our Lady of Bon Voyage painted by Pietro Annigoni at the corner of the street which leads to the ancient church of San Martino a Strada. Along the Ripoli part of the Chiantigiana, another small detour should be taken at Ponte a Ema. From here, in a few minutes, it is possible to reach the 14th century Oratory of Santa Caterina delle Ruote.
Just a few kilometres more and here we are in the Municipality of Florence, in Piazza Badia a Ripoli. The Chiantigiana ends here and so does our journey along this amazing stretch of Tuscany.