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There are original activities awaiting you in the Chianti Territory, with exciting indoor and outdoor itineraries. Outside: the perfumes and colors of the vineyard are abundant in the most fertile season of expression and identity in rural Chianti Classico.

The warm tones of the hills are ready to say goodbye to summer. Nature is side to side with agricultural tradition, in the piazza, at the table, in towns and villages.

Inside: Easels, colors, palettes, perches, chisels. Art, open and welcoming, is not afraid to be discovered in an informal and domestic atmosphere.

It enjoys revealing itself in secret, intimate spaces, where the artist’s inspiration  magically becomes form and beauty. The homes/studios of Chianti artists are open to the public for the first time along a new tourist route.

It is an opportunity to give visitors the ability to rediscover Greve and its perfect circle, which winds around Montefioralle, one of the most prestigious medieval villages in Italy, and the romantic Pieve (Church) of San Cresci.

They can browse workshops and view the creativity of the Chianti artists. Slow Road, a project created by the Macina (millstone) of San Cresci and promoted by the Town of Greve, with the collaboration of the Tuscan Region, the University of Florence and the contribution of the Banco Fiorentino and the “Fornaci (furnaces) di Cotto”  is offering tourists the possibility to see unusual places and enter in direct contact with contemporary culture and art, while interacting with artists who reside and work in Chianti.

For travelers looking for emotions and sensorial experiences, you can knock at the door of an atelier and be met with a glass of wine and a work of art. For example, you can see 11 photos of Chianti taken by the Argentinian photographer of Vogue, Jairo Alvarez, using the poetic and dreamlike dimensions of Magritte. His exhibition,”L’uva, le vigne, il Gallo Nero” (Grapes, vineyards, Black Rooster), is open on the premises of the Macina di San Cresci until September 18 (in the gallery some photos).

The tourist route begins in the workshop of the painter and sculptor, Alfredo Correani, located between the church of San Cresci and Montefioralle.

We continue with the studio of Alfredo Futuro, painter, sculptor, and performer, who resides between Greve and San Cresci. Futuro has made a decisive choice to live in the territory of Chianti wine production, which he defines as, “The most beautiful corner of the world”.

The journey continues in the workshop of the painter, Alessandro Nutini, who has been living in Montefioralle for years. He is guided by Etruscan mythology, his principle font of inspiration.

At the church of San Cresci, we find a designer specialized in  “Illuminating technique”, Duccio Trassinelli, whose historic projects are part of the permanent collection of MOMA in New York, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at Vitra Design Museum in Germany and at the Cassina Museum in Meda.

“Open spaces,”  Mimma Verduci from the Slow Road project concludes, “free and without filters. They allow us to become familiar with the inedited corners of Chianti, along a route which rediscovers the pleasure of direct interaction and knowledge. Here we are dominated by the virtual; the possibility of entering a home/studio of an artist increases the value of a territory which is already rich in cultural and scenic resources”.

Admission is free. For information and reservations: La Macina di San Cresci 055 8544793 – [email protected].