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Picnic spots in the Chianti region: the best places for outdoor dining

From shady olive groves to its signature rolling hills, Tuscany is a treasure trove of glorious panoramic viewpoints, leisurely settings and, naturally, great picnic spots. Early fall is a great time for al fresco eating and Chianti is brimming with breathtaking outdoor settings (and grapes!) ripe for the picking!

 

A hunger for altitude

A promenade on Monte San Michele Ph. Costanza Giovannini (Flickr CC)

A promenade on Monte San Michele | Ph. Costanza Giovannini (Flickr CC)

If peaks pique your appetite, set out to conquer Chianti’s highest summit: Monte San Michele. Located in the municipality of Greve in Chianti, this 892 meter-high natural reserve is one of the territory’s most appreciated and sought-after picnic spots. From here, you can take in the balmy mountain air and admire the valleys of the Arno, Greve and Pesa rivers while sinking your teeth into a well-deserved panino.

 

Feasting on Art

Sculpture park

A work in the Chianti Sculpture Park

One of our most creative neighbours, the Parco Sculture del Chianti of Pievasciata is a one-of-a-kind attraction in the heart of Chianti Classico. Just 10 km north of Siena and a few minutes away from Dievole, this art-lovers’ haven extends over 7 hectares (18 acres) of woodland, scattered with a collection of site-specific masterpieces by 26 artists from all over the world. Here you will find your share of picnic spots: the wonderful amphitheatre – where you can dine in the company of the delicate silhouettes of famous “spectators” such as Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and Federico Fellini – Federica Marangoni’s colourful rainbow in murano tinted glass (this is actually the designated picnic area, usefully equipped with a water fountain) and Jeff Saward’s ice-blue labyrinth are bound to stir up your appetite for creativity and the great outdoors.

 

Picnic Spots on the lakefront

The Pozze di Lecchi are a natural groundwater basin near Lecchi, in the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti. Surrounded by oaks and renowned for its crystal clear emerald water, coincidentally the Lecchi valley is also home to the Mulinaccio stream, water course that joins with a tributary of the Arbia river, life source of the lands where Dievole’s Le Due Arbie wines are born. During the summer bring a swimsuit along – the water is cold but it will help keep the Tuscan heat at bay and make your al fresco picnic even more refreshing!

 

 

Bon Vivants among the Vines

Guests enjoying one of Dievole's picnic spots

Guests enjoying one of Dievole’s picnic spots

Is there such a thing as a gourmet picnic? Dievole has introduced this concept in its recently launched Wine Tours in Chianti Classico, seven itineraries meant to explore the many nuanced world of extra virgin olive oil and wine production. Dievole’s Gourmet Picnic Tour offers you the unique opportunity to savour the products of nature in nature, a farm-to-table (or vine-to-glass) approach that stands at the very core of Dievole’s production philosophy. After a walking tour of the estate’s main vineyards, you will be able to choose among the property’s many picnic spots among Sangiovese vines and olive groves. The picnic basket is chock-full with delicacies: Tuscan bread, water, a bottle of Dievole’s latest Chianti Classico vintage, a bottle of Dievole’s prize-winning extra virgin olive oil and a full-fledged gourmet menu prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Perfect for romantic getaways or family get-togethers, this gastronomical tour is nothing short of magical.

So whether you decide to pack your checkered blanket and DIY goodie basket or pamper yourself and your loved ones by booking a special Dievole picnic among the Sangiovese vines, don’t miss out on this unique experience of fine dining in Chianti’s nature.