It would be hard to disagree with the fact that it is an extremely picturesque place and easy to understand why it is one of the most popular towns in this area. It's only around 30 km south of Florence and 40 km north or Siena so great for a base from where you can see many of Tuscany's gems.
Greve is different from many other Tuscan towns because it has no fortifications, no medieval buildings and it is not positioned on a hilltop! On the contrary, Greve lies down in the valley and the town is arranged around an irregular town square with charming, sheltered colonnades under which there are restaurants, cafés and various tourist shops all the way round. You see the impressive statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano in the centre of Piazza Matteotti who was a nobleman from a local estate who discovered New York’s harbour in the 16th century.
There are lots of small cafés in the square, one of Tuscany’s best wine merchants and a butcher, which is a veritable temple for meat lovers. Antica Macelleria Falornis products are sold all over the world because, besides raw meat, they produce sausages, ham and a huge variety of other charcuterie of a very high quality. This exclusive butcher’s shop has been trading from this site since the 19th century and now, as a concession to market demands, you can also buy fine wines and cheeses here.