If it’s no longer enough to open a bottle of Chianti and daydream of Italy, it may be time for action. In answer to that call, a stunning home in Greve, Italy – halfway between Florence and Siena – is now on the market in the Tuscany region.
Italy is all about food, wine, art and fashion. Particularly in Tuscany, in north-central Italy, the style and the vibe are chic and self-confident.
This home is no exception. Here, the terra-cotta-roof style so familiar to those who have traveled through the area has been supplanted by this singular modern jewel, tucked into the Tuscan hills and surrounded, of course, by grape vines.
Near Siena, the father of modern Chianti, Bettino Ricasoli, who later became Prime Minister of Italy, combined the local Sangiovese grape with others and transformed what had been a pale white wine into something spectacular and very red. Chianti Classico still is sampled at vineyards all over Italy’s Chianti region, along with some of the best food in the world served from tiny trattorias in villages throughout.
Tuscany also has a rich artistic history. It is a city where architectural attention is obvious through its world-famous cathedrals, where composer Giacomo Puccini wrote operas, artists Botticelli and Michelangelo painted and sculpted, and the Italian Renaissance was born.
For those in search of property, Tuscan structures, even the modern ones, tend toward the traditional style, which makes this two-story, 3,200-square-foot (300-square-meter) home on the market near Greve decidedly unique.
Glass and steel enclose three bedrooms and four bathrooms that look out over rolling hills and vineyards and nearly 2 acres (7,000 square meters) of olive trees. Built in the 1970s and featured in a variety of design magazines, the home is considered architecturally notable. Everything is sleek and much of it white, including the kitchen and living room with fireplace.
Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase nature, and tiled floors and patios bring the outdoors in. The completely private setting allows windows to be unadorned by window coverings for full view of the natural landscape beyond, although they are available for those who wish.
The rural location is perfect for such an outdoors-in structure. The home is set near the charming wine village of Greve. It is 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of tourist-popular Florence and 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Siena. However, it is not in any of these places, allowing some enclosure for the privacy appreciative, particularly in spring, summer and fall.
For moments when outside amusement is preferred, the home is close to both Pisa and Bologna (a 90-minute drive). Action-packed Florence and its international airport are a mere 40 minutes away.