After our super casual 3rd stay in Siena (that you can read about here in part 2 of our Tuscany-travel), there was time for yet another totally tranquil pitstop on our way to through Tuscany and its amazing cities. And our next stop was Chianti (yes, the place with one of the best wines if you ask us!). Say hi to Borgo del Cabreo; a mini luxury hotel in the heart of the Chianti region, Greve in Chianti.
WHERE TO STAY
If you’re heading to Chianti, this should DEFINITELY be your stay! Borgo del Cabreo is undoubtedly one of our favorite hotels! 10 rooms and 1 suit; all modern and new in a delicate Italian way, just as we love it. We stayed in a deluxe room and it was super comfortable, large and with elegant furnishing (making you feel totally relaxed).
And the accommodations? Well, A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I mean the hotel is located on the hills of Greve, away from the city life (yet close to it), with the most relaxing and breathtaking view. We literally spend the whole day, and half of the next day, by the pool – NOT wanting to move. Also, the breakfast, we didn’t know where to start… and how to stop.
Pssst… If you can, do not as we did and stay one night, stay at least two. It’s simply just TOO good!
WHERE TO EAT
There are a lot of great restaurants in the area, both more known restaurants and local treasures. We asked at our hotel for recommendations in/near San Gimignano and got a couple of great tips, but the good restaurants in San Gimignano are full in the high season so remember to book the day before or in the morning! We ended up eating in the city of San Gimignano in Ristorante Perucà, a little yet so great restaurant in a cute «hidden» street. The atmosphere is wonderful, cozy and lively and the owner serves traditional food, based on local ingredients, with a modern twist. Not to mention the wine list, regional, good and with a friendly price tag.
Also consider: Com Quibus, Locanda Sant’Agostino or Da Pode (this one is said to be amazing, but is out of the city).
WHAT TO SEE
We only visited the city a couple of hours in the evening and it was super charming. San Gimignano is not the biggest hill city, but it’s definitely a beautiful one. It’s known for its towers (around 14 of them), that dominates the skyline, and its powerful medieval architecture.
As most of the small Italian cities, I’m not a found of maps. The best way to explore the city is just by walking around and enjoying it. Sit down on a cute cafe pre-dinner with the locals, or get a gelato and find a secret spot. There are also so many cute stores to visit. My favorite is Le Boutique Erbario Toscano, they have amazing home scents and perfumes (Italians know their scents!).
Besides enjoying the city charm, there is one spot you can’t miss while in San Gimignano; Dondoli! Yes, once again a gelato spot. Once again a killer one! This little gelato shop located in on of the main Piazza’s, Piazza della Cisterna 4, is never not crowdy and for good reason. This ice cream is not only ice cream, its art made by former gelato world champion Sergio Dondoli. Still a member of Italy’s Ice Cream World Championship team, he is making so good ice creams that we eat one portion before dinner and one after! Do we need to say anything else?
Pssst… Do not leave without tasting one of the good kept local secrets; Crema di Santa Fina (saffron cream) gelato.
Did you miss our 1st stop? Read Tuscany part 1 here!