Nestled in the Chianti hills, Tavernelle Val di Pesa is in a beautiful area where the hill towns are surrounded by grapevines, olive groves and small woods and there are country farmhouses, gorgeous villas and art filled churches all over the region. The town was a historic crossroads and stop-over point on the main route between Florence and Siena and the road that led to Rome. Tavernelle, it's name derived from the latin word ' tabernulae' meaning tavern, provided a point of hospitality for lodgings, meals and stables for travellers in the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. Nowadays there are plenty of things to see and do as well as great cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy.
Today, the economy depends on agriculture and winemaking along with tourism. Among the major products that come from the Chianti area is wine and oil. The wine is primarily Chianti, called Chianti Classico and Chianti del Colli Fiorentini. This wine comes from the marriage of grapes of different colours and scents. Baron Bettino Ricasoli helped define these grapes in the mid 1800's as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia. There are a number of vineyards to visit and do wine tastings in the area.
Areas of historical interest in Tavarnelle are the church of Santa Lucia al Borghetto, this was a Franciscan monastery from the 1200s built in Gothic style, and the church of the Madonna della Neve which has frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries. There are also lots of hill towns and castles throughout the surrounding area.