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The Tuscan countryside of the Chianti region, is known to be the most beautiful in the world.
Famous for its wines and the beauty of the perfectly preserved villages, located on the hills.
A few areas such as the Chianti can offer a landscape so rich and evocative: green hills designed by miles and miles of vineyards and olive groves, medieval villages, winding roads. The Chianti Classico is said that stretches between Florence and Siena and includes the entire municipalities of Greve in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Radda and Castellina in Chianti.
Greve in Chianti
For your discovery tour of the Chianti region, we suggest from Greve in Chianti, just 20 km from us. Greve is famous for its unique square in the Middle Ages, it was the market town of villages, castles and farms in the surrounding areas. The square is surrounded on three sides by large porches and in the center is the statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the bay of New York. The church of Santa Croce, of medieval origin, contains some precious works of sacred art, including a triptych with the Madonna and Saints Bicci di Lorenzo. Greve also offers the opportunity to taste and taste typical products of Chianti. You will find in fact, craft shops, wine bars and restaurants. Near the square is the interesting Wine Museum is open by appointment only.
Panzano in Chianti
Continuing in the direction Siena, Panzano with its castle are that since the twelfth century was of great importance in the defense of the territories of Florence. In the old town of the country, as well as traces of the castle there is the begging of Santa Maria, originally from 1200 but was rebuilt in 1800 in the neoclassical style. The facade has been left unfinished, interesting paintings inside are preserved. Walking through the old town you can stop to drink a glass of wine in the wine shops and restaurants. Also stands the Old Butcher Cecchini, famous for its delicious Florentine steak, cut extolling the Divine Comedy.
Castellina in Chianti
Next is Castellina in Chianti, from ancient origins testified by the Etruscan tombs of Montecalvario. It is a mound composed of four tombs that have provided important evidence on the architecture of the period. The imposing fortress, reflects the importance of the position, four areas of Chianti, which made important strategic town between Florence and Siena. In the city you can see palaces, belonging to important families of Siena and Florence. Also worth visiting the Archaeological Museum of the Sienese Chianti, which traces the history of the area and keeps Etruscan Etruscan found during excavations began in 1989. A Castellina you can also taste wines in many of these wineries and taste the meats of Chianti.
Radda in Chianti
Continuing the journey on the road to reach SR429 Radda in Chianti, which retains its original medieval appearance. The ancient walls still protect the city center, which develops in concentric streets. The center of the village is dominated by the Palazzo del Podesta, built in the fifteenth century and later went almost completely destroyed. The building was rebuilt and expanded. The 51 coats of arms on the facade are the memory of the mayor that have taken place over the years. Even in Radda you can enjoy fine wine in wine and stroll through the city. Nearby is the Castle of Volpaia, an ancient fortified village. The property is well recognizable today tourist village where reigns the wine tasting.
Gaiole in Chianti
Radda is located not far from the town of Gaiole in Chianti. Its location, halfway between the Chianti and Valdarno, Gaiole made an important market place. Even today we find many Gaiole farms, wineries, and farms that offer their products. Area around Gaiole, were some castles and fortresses that are worth visiting, such as the Castle of Vertine, Meleto Castle or the church of Spaltenna today places for wine tasting. ‘
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