Chianti public transportation

My name is Victor and I am from Canada.
I will be traveling to Italy from February 26-March 6, only for 9 days. I am staying in Bologna but I am also planning to go to Tuscany. Is there public transportation to go to Chianti?
My last 2 days in Italy will be in Modena.
Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Victor

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Hi Victor, thanks for e-mailing.

Yes, you can visit Chianti with public transportation, but I don’t really advise you to do so, unless you have  a lot of time. Buses are not that frequent, especially over the WE, and schedules are rather complicated (that’s Italy!)
Anyway, from Bologna you should first go to Florence with a high speed train (45′, either http://www.trenitalia.com/ or private lines http://www.italotreno.it/IT/Pagine/default.aspx – check both to get the best prices).
Then you should catch a bus (in front of Santa Maria Novella station – consider that some trains stop in a different Florence Station, such as Campo di Marte, so carefully check your schedule!), here are the schedules:
As you will notice, you can get to Greve in Chianti (Chianti gateway) in roughly one hour, but then moving to main Chianti destinations (Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Volpaia, …) gets more complicated.
I would strongly suggest you rent a car (around 60 €/day for a cosy compact car such as Fiat 500), this would give you all the flexibility you need to discover and enjoy Chianti beautiful countryside. In case you opt for driving your own car, the best option is SR222, also known as the Chiantigiana road, a state 2-lane road that goes up and down the Chianti hills passing through most of the beautiful, typical villages of the region. It’s very scenic and relaxing.
In my post you will find a Chianti itinerary by car, with a google map (https://delightfullyitaly.com/2013/06/12/chianti-wine-tasting/). You can also have a look at my Bologna post (https://delightfullyitaly.com/2013/11/22/bologna-porticos-and-delicacies/)
Don’t hesitate to come back back to me for more tips (actually my girlfriend lives in Bologna!).
Enjoy your stay in Italy!
JP

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