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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Note: We did not stay at this B&B so the review is for the restaurant and shop that is integral.

Dudda is a wonderful little village (part of Greve in Chianti) with wonderful people, fantastic food and outrageously good "house wine."

We met the proprieter of Casa al Chianti, Francesca, when we could not find the B&B where we were booked. The Satnav was taking us into Dudda while we really wanted a road that might easily be mistaken for a private driveway that ran up a ridge above the town.

It should be noted that Dudda is very small. There is no traffic light, no round-about, not even a yield-sign and only one road through it. There is a church, a few shops, and a combination B&B, restaurant, market-shop all integral. The wine shop near the church had a sign in the door that said "ask down the road at Casa al Chianti if you need something"

An amazing and tiny but spry and cheerful little nun at the church where we asked directions (she spoke no English and we no Italian) put away her garden tools, locked up the church and, led us to Francesca at Casa al Chianti as she spoke English and, after finding the name of our actual host, they gave us directions that led us where we needed to go. Later we heard from our host that the little restaurant in town was very good and not expensive so we decided to go back for dinner.

Well, there was much confusion and much discussion that we understood not a word of but, it seemed they were already completely booked and we needed a reservation. After getting negative head nods and somewhat panicked looks from a couple of the employees, Francesca led us down stairs, reset a table that was set for four for two, and recommended some dishes.

Words could not describe how good everything was. This was food like I had never experienced and it was very inexpensive.

We also had a half liter of the house wine and it too was amazingly good. We asked when we were finished if it was possible to buy that wine in the shop upstairs from the restaurant and, of course it was.

What we didn't expect was that the man in the shop took a 1.5 Liter plastic water bottle out and went over to the big metal wine vat, opened a valve and filled the bottle from it. The cost? €3.30!!! I understand the wine comes from a monastery just up the road.

We loved this place. We loved the food, we loved the wine, we loved the people, we loved the region, we loved the view from the garden where we stayed.

Our two nights in Dudda provided our most memorable moments of our trip (which included driving and staying in six countries) and left us with a strong desire to return.

One small word of caution - driving in this area is not for the feint of heart. The roads are curvy, narrow, and have many places where only one vehicle will fit. The speed limit on the switchback and blind corner roads is the same as it on the main highways that are not the Auto Strada and, many people seem to do their best to reach those speeds, even in the curves. I asked our hosts how it could be that they did not have a lot of accidents and the replay was: "but we do... people are killed on these roads every day, especially the bicyclists and pedestrians" Possibly a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea.

We met a nice couple from Australia while in Dudda. They were traveling in a rental car. After a recent trip to the UK and driving a rental car there on the B roads, I have a new appreciation for the challenge of driving in Chianti while sitting on the opposite side, driving on the opposite site, going the opposite direction in round-abouts, shifting with the opposite hand, and looking the opposite directing fro your rear-view mirror.

That aside, there is nothing not to love about this place. Our only regret was not having planned a longer stay here.

Room tip: Only reviewed the restaurant and the village not the rooms
Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Robert G
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

We spent 3 lovely days in the rolling hills of the Chianti countryside and we were so lucky to be staying here at Casa al Chianti. Francesca and her family were so welcoming, and immediately upon arrival, suggested us to visit a local winery that has won numerous awards, as well as nearby towns in the area. The restaurant had such delicious, rich-tasting Tuscan countryside food, with local products and fresh ingredients served daily. We ate here every night and loved every dish! The apartment we stayed in was very good value for money, and was clean and homey. Breakfast is served daily and varies with the products that are fresh-made that day. Would definitely recommend to anyone planning an Italian countryside getaway!

Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Kristel L
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

We visited the restaurant various times for dinner during our stay in 2014. The vila we rented was across the road.
The restaurant/B&B has a good car park in front. Dudda is small hamlet in the scenic hills of Chianti
The food is simple and fabulous, just how it should be.
There is ample space in the garden for the kids to play.
I believe we tried most dishes on their menu, they're all good. You also may want to try their panini in the cafe. Those are good too!!!

Date of stay: April 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank loum749
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

After three busy days in Florence, we needed a quiet refuge in the Chianti countryside. Casa al Chianti B&B fit the bill perfectly. Located in Dudda (population 48), a short drive from Greve in Chianti, it's the only game in town for lodging and a meal. The rooms are cozy, comfortable and nicely decorated. Ours had a beautiful view of the surrounding vineyards. The owner, Francesca, is spirited and friendly. Dinner at the restaurant below the B&B was superb: an antipasto of anchovies, then chicken cacciatore, homemade meatballs, sauteed spinach and profiteroles for dessert. Delicious! Breakfast the next morning was also excellent. There is also a small swimming pool for guests, as well as a complete deli and coffee bar.

Room tip: Our room was called "Il Sole", and had a great view.
Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Eyeman369
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

The B&B is located in Dudda, which is 10 minutes from the town center of Greve. It's up in the mountains in a very small village. The B&B itself was very nice with very friendly owners. She even offered to drive us to the whine festival in Greve.

We where together with another couple and we got a very large apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large living area. The rooms themselves where clean (including the bathroom) and large. You have a nice garden where you sit in the sun or below the trees and enjoy the beautiful surrounding area.

Breakfast was very simple with bread, marmelade, cake, sausage and an egg. Nothing special.

All in all a nice place to stay.

Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank svanaard
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