Feeling out of the world takes only a moment, yet you are a 45 minute drive from bustling Florence. A sweet and quiet area of Chianti is the backdrop to a beautiful Benedictine Abbey dating back to the year 395, the Badia a Passignano, home of San Giovanni Gualberto (The Hero of Forgiveness), founder of the Vallombrosian order of Monks who still reside at the abbey and who have been promoting scientific research (Galileo Galilei was a teacher here in 1587) and the conservation of the local countryside, especially through vine growing on the land surrounding the abbey. A visit to a nearby winery is a must-do, to taste one of the most famous wines in the world: the Chianti. Its story must be told by those who have a passion for wine, for whom every vintage is a new beginning, having their roots in the past but looking towards the future
The visit starts at the parking lot of la Badia a Passignano, between Florence and Siena where you will meet your guide and start discovering the abbey that is the result of huge architectural and decorative changes dating back to the Renaissance, reflecting the strong presence of Florence also in rural areas. Everything here suggests typically Florentine Renaissance art, strongly supported and personally realized by the Medici, first by Lorenzo the Magnificent in the cloister, the wooden choir, in the extension of the monastery to promote the novitiate and in the summons of famous artists to decorate the complex, then by Cosimo I de Medici in the late Renaissance paintings that were all made under his direction.
At the end of 800, the monastery was transformed into a neo-gothic castle and private residence. The contrast of two different architectural styles is virtually unique in Chianti, and of strong historical interest.
The refectory preserves the refined “Last Supper”, frescoed by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1476-77) and recently restored and available again to the public. Your guide will lead you to discover artistic treasures and the well kept Italian garden, engulfed in an overwhelming sacred and spiritual atmosphere.
The tour of the abbey lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and then you have to drive to a nearby winery through the region of Chianti: a stunning landscape of rolling hills planted with a sea of vineyards and olive groves, tiny villages, charming parish churches, stone farmhouses and noble castles.
The duration of the visit to the winery including wine tasting varies from one hour to one and a half hour. Transportation is not included, these visits are specifically designed for travellers on a self drive holiday or you can rent a private car with driver which will take you to the visiting places. In case of visits in the afternoon, you will first visit a winery and then you need to drive to the abbey for a guided tour.
Alcohol can be used only by persons who have reached 18 years
Dress code for visiting religious sites is required. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
Visits may be shared but always in small groups
Morning Option 10.00 am guided tour of the abbey – 12.00 pm winery visit (available every day except on Thursdays and Sundays)
Afternoon Option 12.00 pm winery visit – 3.00 pm guided tour of the abbey (Available every day except on Thursdays)
Full refund is guaranteed if the cancellation is made 48 hours prior the offer's start date. We don't apply any refund if the cancellation is made less than 48 hours before offer start date.