Shopping and Dining: The closest dining is less than 5 minutes by car in the tiny village of Lucarelli with 2 restaurants. Within a 10 minute drive is Castellina in Chianti with restaurants, cafes, pizzerie, a small yet varied selection of shops carrying products from local farms and artisans and a COOP supermarket, open on Saturday until 7:30 pm.
Public Transportation: Poggibonsi's train station, a 25 minute drive from the estate, runs on a secondary line with frequent service to and from Florence in about an hour. Service to Florence starts at 6 am, and the last train returns from Florence at 11 pm. After 8 pm, the service returning from Florence requires a change in Empoli.
For Kids: The castle of Staggia, within a 20 minute drive, takes reservations for a Sunday afternoon castle tour and visit with a falconer.
Golf: Circolo del Golf dell'Ugolino, south of Florence, is 45 minutes away and is open year round. Closed on Monday.
Festivals & Events: Settembre Gaiolese is a month long fair in Gaiole in Chianti featuring Chianti wines, local cheeses and prized cinta senese pork.
Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held in Castellina in Chianti and Greve in Chianti every Saturday morning, in Panzano on Sunday, in Poggibonsi and Strada in Chianti on Tuesday, in Siena on Wednesday and in Monteriggioni and San Gimignano on Thursday.