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Giovanni da Verrazzano

The location and the views are what set this hotel apart.

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Giovanni da Verrazzano

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Saturday is market day in the village of Greve in Chianti, when the main piazza is buzzing with vendors selling fruits, vegetables, porchetta (pork) sandwiches, and everyday necessities.

The stalls are arranged around the statue of local sailor Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European to discover New York Harbor.

For the past 800 years, the hotel now named in this hometown hero's honor has watched over daily life on the triangular piazza.

The 10 guest rooms are basic—some but not all come with a private bathroom, though modern terrazzo floors and painted metal bedsteads are standard.

The location and the views are what set the hotel apart. The front rooms overlook the bustling square, while those in the back (nos. 4–7) have little private terraces with vistas over lichen-spotted roof tiles to the vast hills beyond.

A larger room upstairs (no. 10), with its sloping ceilings and Persian rugs, claims similar views over the hills but no balcony.

The restaurant, on a terrace atop one of the piazza's arcades, has fed hungry visitors to Greve since 1200.

Rate includes breakfast.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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