Our minibus was waiting outside our hotel, so we and our luggage got aboard and we headed south out of Florence into the Tuscan countryside. Our first stop was at a family-run place that makes terra cottta pieces, mostly ornamental with local clay. We were shown around the small "factory" and watched some of the laborious hand process with molds and kneaded clay. Most of the products are ornamental, such as statues or big pots for plants.
The next stop was the town of Greve in Chianti where we had lunch and could shop a bit. We went on to walk in the countryside, up to a monastery (closed unfortunately for restoration) and on through the nearby village. We drove on to our hotel, an old villa outside of Poggibonsi and had time to relax before a wonderful dinner served on the outdoor patio.