Because our vacation was booked at the last minute, we didn't really have much time to research the surrounding areas. I did some quick googling on Panzano in Chianti, the nearby town, and thought "Oh, that looks cute." What an understatement!
When you drive around Tuscany you pass through lots of small towns. We quickly developed our favorites and noted places to come back and visit. But, at the end of the trip I said to Rob, "I think Panzano is my favorite!" Lucky for us, it was only five minutes from our Agriturismo so we spent a lot of time there.
The people were nice, the dining options were great (and reasonably priced), the views from the town were spectacular and, even though it was August, we definitely felt a true local spirit. Like many towns in Tuscany there is definitely an Anglo-influence, but it's still very much Italian in the true sense.
If you've visited Panzano and have read this far down in the post I'm sure you are thinking "OK, but when are you going to talk about your visit to Dario?" Trust me, we'll write all about Antica Macelleria Cecchini in a separate post or two (because Dario deserves his own blog posts).
Anyway, we highly suggest a little trip to Panzano in Chianti, even if it's just for a quick lunch, visit the old part of the city and take some photos. It's a great little town on a hill!
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