My draw to the tiny hamlet of Panzano was two-fold…. one was to meet Dario Cecchini, the touted celebrity butcher featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations show, and revered by travel guru Rick Steves. And, also to explore the many boutique wineries hidden off the SR222, the Chianti Wine Trail. As a point of reference, Panzano lies a few kilometers south of Greve, about 45 minutes from Firenze (Florence).
I visited over Pasqua (Easter) weekend and the weather was cool and misty, with scattered showers. Not ideal, but with umbrella in hand, I made the best of it. I enjoyed sitting in the village bakery with a cappuccino in hand, watching the local women scurry around town preparing for the big Pasqua family dinner. Shop windows were lavishly decorated with giant chocolate eggs with hidden toys inside, all festively wrapped with pastel ribbons. [Read more…]