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On the Strada dell’Olio e del Vino. Food and wine and unforgettable panoramic views at Quarrata and Serravalle

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Food and wine and unforgettable panoramic views at Quarrata and Serravalle. Exploring Montalbano's gentle hills.

At Quarrata and Serravalle near Pistoia, you can experience and enjoy “Montalbano’s Road of Oil and Wine”, a food and wine itinerary passing through breathtaking landscapes, as you try out quality tastings and you bask in that very typical, Tuscan warm welcome. Lying between the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia is the hilly area of Montalbano which is an excellent example of harmony found between nature and the anthropization of the scenery: a harmony of vineyards and olive groves broken up by winding roads that pass through villas, hamlets, century-old parishes and archeological remains.

In this area, you can choose from various excursions and cycling trails so that you can slowly enjoy and explore nature in its most tucked-away corners. Montalbano’s hills are not known for their altitude, as its highest peak only rises to 650 metres above sea level, but for its excellent products of wine and food: Chianti Montalbano DOCG (Registered and Certified Designation of Origin) and the Tuscan “Montalbano” Extra Virgin Oil IGP (Protected Geographical Indication).

On these gentle slopes, an olive oil, particularly appreciated for its high nutritional value and for its organoleptic qualities, is produced and is considered to be one of the finest and most exquisite in the world. Quarrata’s and Serravalle’s vineyards grow quality vines such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Tuscan Trebbiano, all suitable for being converted into the Chianti Montalbano wine which has been famous for its high quality since the 13th century.

In fact, at that time, it used to be sent to the Bishops of Pistoia as a gift and to pay homage to them, such was its excellence. For food and wine enthusiasts, apart from wine and oil tastings. you can also eat the most delicious and traditional dishes of the area surrounded by the classical Tuscan countryside which will be ingrained forever into your heart.