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A coffer of harmony that stretches between the Provinces of Siena and Florence, the Chianti area has made inroads into the hearts of visitors from all over the world for its landscapes: rolling hills punctuated by expanses of rows of vineyards and olive groves, medieval villages, castles, towers, and winding streets lined with cypresses.
The authentic spirit of Tuscany lingers here in the territory that owes its name to the wine, which has its production center in the area of Greve, Gaiole, Radda, and Castellina in Chianti, known as the Chianti Classico area.
Do not miss a relaxing day for sight and taste, including landscapes, history, culture, and gastronomy. The Chiantigiana, the road of the most evocative part of Italy, runs through the Chianti from Florence to Siena: following it is a great way to find out, stopping to discover its villages.
Greve in Chianti
Greve in Chianti is a lively town regarded as the gateway to the Chianti, famous for its square, which in the Middle Ages housed the market. The square, almost triangular in shape, is bordered on three sides by wide porches. The center is home to the statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the Bay of New York, and on one side you find the church of Santa Croce from the Neo-Renaissance.
Under the arcades of the square you will find many craft shops, wine bars, and restaurants where you can taste the specialties of Chianti and moments from the Wine Museum.
Panzano in Chianti
Since the twelfth century Panzano has played an important role in the defense of the territories of Florence, and its castle was an important bulwark in defense of the Republic of Florence in the wars between Florence and Siena. The old town is home to the castle and the church of Santa Maria, and offers visitors a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. In the main square you can stop for a glass of Chianti and an authentic Tuscan lunch.
Near Panzano itis worth stopping by the church of San Leolino, a Romanesque basilica with three naves with Renaissance renovations.
Castellina in Chianti
Of Etruscan origin, as evidenced by the Etruscan tombs of Monte Calvario, Castellina is the capital of the Chianti, located in a strategic position at the center of the communication routes. It preserves the imposing fortress built for defensive purposes during the ancient battles between Florence and Siena, overlooking the central square and the picturesque Via delle Volte walkway that runs through the village, offering views of the breathtaking panorama. By walking through the city you can also see beautiful mansions belonging to important families of Florence and Siena. The old town is full of wine bars and delicatessens that testify to the excellence of the art of charcuterie Chianti.
Radda in Chianti
Radda in Chianti is a gem that retains its original medieval appearance. The ancient walls still protect the city center, which develops into a maze of concentric streets. The Palazzo del Podesta, home for four centuries by the Captain of the League of Chianti, dominates the center together with the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas.
Take a quiet stroll through the narrow streets of the center to discover particular views of the surrounding valley, sipping a glass of wine.
Radda is located near the Castle of Volpaia, an ancient fortified town. The sandstone building has a distinctive dark color, which makes it different from the others Chianti castle fortifications.
Gaiole in Chianti
Gaiole in Chianti also has medieval origins and was a famous place due to its market and trade.
Around Gaiole were some castles and fortified rocks that are worth visiting such as the Castle of Vertine, Meleto Castle, and the Pieve di Spaltenna.
Barberino Val D’Elsa
This small fortified town still retains its medieval appearance, with large walls, the tower-houses, and major gateways to the city.