Panzano is a very small town in the famous Chianti wine region of Tuscany; not far from Florence.
Architecturally it is mostly a new town, though there are a few remains of Roman ruins, the old castello, and the church, Santa Maria Assunta, which crowns the hill in the old part of the town. The church was built in the 14th century over the ruins of another church.
In this photograph, the perspective is looking uphill, toward Santa Maria Assunta. There are local residences and businesses on each side of the street. This is the oldest part of Panzano and though small, very, very charming.
Panzano is a lovely spot to locate yourself for a vacation in the Tuscan countryside as you can easily reach Siena, Florence, or Lucca by bus, train or car. You’ll need a car to really see the countryside, or you can hire a driver, which allows for a more relaxing time. You can also take the bus from Panzano to Florence. Be sure to check the schedules carefully as they change, depending on the season.
Panzano is also known for two important festivals each year. April 25 is Festa della Stagion Buona, Italy’s national holiday and the beginning of “the good season.”
The other is Vino al Vino the wine festival held the third weekend in September. The festival is held in Piazza Bucciarelli and includes live jazz music and tastings of the local wines.
For more about Panzano, you may like my post Panzano in Pictures.
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