The Tuscany region is very special in particular the Chianti valley. Aside from being beautiful, it is a perfect example of a lifestyle typical of Italy. The pace is slower and there is history seeping out from everywhere, but there is a balance between old and new, ancient and contemporary. Being used to an area where everything is hyper-new (Silicon Valley), this was a plesant surprise for me.
Greve in Chianti is a small town situated in the valley on a road that leads from Firenze, South to Siena. It has everything you could need--and charm in abundance. One of the things I liked the most about the Italian lifestyle (aside from siestas) is that everyone in town comes out in the late afternoon and evening to sit, talk, and visit with each other in the center of any town. Greve is no exception.