Useful Local Notes:
In order to help you make the most of your Chianti holiday, we shall progressively add more 'jotter' notes here, based on practical day to day experience.
Gaiole is a traditional village and still observes 'siesta', even in the winter. Virtually all shops are closed between 12.30 and 4.00pm with small individual variations; something to be aware of on arrival. Virtually all shops are closed on Sundays, although the Co-op opens on Sunday morning in the High Season.
Local Buses: post 'Monti austerity', there are only two regular bus services out of the village. There are four buses a day to Siena, two very early 'worker' buses, lunch time, and evening. There is a daily bus to Radda which trundles on through the villages towards Florence, but only in 'High Season'.
Trains: if you can get to Montevarchi (about 30mins by car), a train ride to Florence is by far the easiest way to go, and only around 6 euros each way. Though be aware of a frustrating two hour 'gap' in service around 9.30-11.30; otherwise a very regular timetable to late evening.
Taxis: There is a private hire taxi service based in Gaiole operated by Michele (+39 335 564 7475). We can help you arrange a pick up from Montevarchi if you want to visit using public transport. Typical local fares:
• Pick up from Montevarchi station to Gaiole, weekday & weekend € 40,00 one way
• Trip to Siena for sight-seeing (no buses mid-morning), weekday & weekend € 60,00 one way
• Trip to Radda (for a change in scenery!), weekday & weekend € 20,00 one way
• Trip to (say) Lecchi, for cooking classes at Malborghetto, weekday & weekend € 20,00 one way
Markets: Gaiole has a street market on the second Monday of every month (and there is a 'fresh fish' stall in the car park every Thursday). Radda has a street market on the fourth Monday of every month from early afternoon through till evening.
Village Services and Facilities (all 5-10 mins walk)
4 restaurants 3 cafe bars 2 delicatessens 1 wine bar
2 banks + ATMs butchers grocers Co-op supermarket
pharmacy bakers ironmongers household goods
doctors dentist library art/photo gallery
tourist information ceramics take-away pizza fashion/clothing
hairdressers post office wine tasting
Please support our local businesses whenever you can!
*Holiday Apartments in Chianti*