Set in the midst of lush Chianti hills, dotted with cypress trees, ancient olive groves and winding Tuscan roads is the town of Barberino Val d'Elsa. As beautiful as its name, this stunning location between Florence and Siena offers a magnificent panorama of the Chianti region. Surrounded by high walls, you can enter through the Seniese Gates, stroll along and marvel at the beautiful buildings until you come to the Palazzo del Podesta, a small traditional square. Just off here you’ll find an old bakery that’s been producing Tuscan bread for three generations Walking around this glorious little town is just a joy. And, if you carry on doing so, you’ll arrive at the striking Church of St. Bartholomew, rebuilt in the neo-gothic style in 1910, which houses 14th and 16th century artefacts. Whilst here, enjoy a cappuccino in a traditional Italian café and savour the slow pace of life in Barberino Val d’Elsa, or a glass of Chianti’s finest of course. As part of the Chianti Classico belt, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And if you really want to appreciate this world-renowned wine, there are plenty of bars and vineyards offering tours and tasting.