Chianti, the great Tuscany wineries
TOP ATTRACTIONS IN CHIANTI
- Meleto Castle
- Vertine medieval village
- Panzano in Chianti
- Staggia Castle
- Volpaia Castle
- Falorni traditional butcher shop
- Montefioralle medieval village
- Chianti spas
- Museum of Wine
- Via Chiantigiana (provincial road)
- Antiques Fair of Arezzo
- Strada del Vino e dell’Olio Chianti Classico (Chianti wine road)
Municipalities in the province of Florence:
Barberino Val d’Elsa
Greve in Chianti
San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Municipalities in the province of Siena:
Castellina in Chianti
Gaiole in Chianti
Radda in Chianti
Strada del Vino del Chianti
Chianti wine road
Castellina in Chianti
Via Ferruccio, 40
Phone +39 0577 741392
via del Chianti 60/65
Phone +39 0577 351335
Piazza Italia 67 – 53042 Chianciano Terme
Phone +39 0578 671122
Radda in Chianti
Piazza Castello 1
Phone +39 0577 738494
Chianti is synonymous of good wine and smooth hills. In the years it became one of the most popular tourist destinations. Good food, medieval villages, castles, monasteries and historical villas historical are all at hand in a fantastic itinerary that enhances the human industriousness. Geographically, the area is divided in three sectors: Chianti area inside Arezzo province territory, Chianti area inside Florence province territory, and Chianti area inside Siena province territory. Historically, most of Chianti area has always been a subject of contention by medieval powers such as Arezzo, Florence and Siena: all of them built castles and fortified villages, many of which lasted until our time. The municipalities in this area constitute almost the entirety of the Chianti wine producing area – DOCG red wine – one of the most famous wines in the world. In 1927 the Chianti Wine Association was borno and today it gathers together more than 2,500 producers.
There are two routes through the Chianti region. The Via Chiantigiana is a more rural route that runs lengthwise the wine-growing areas. There are many secondary routes to reach an old church, a castle or an isolated village. Via Cassia (State Road n.2) is mainly superimposed, at least in Tuscany, on the ancient Roman road and part of the medieval path of the Via Francigena, the major route of pilgrimage to Rome in the Middle Age.
Attractions in the Chianti area
Chianti area in Florence province territory
In the Florence province area already in the times of the Medici rulers (16th century) wine became the main economic resource and, therefore, gave an extraordinary impulse to man’s life. Many houses and farms were built and most of them are still there and can be admired. The most common road to visit the Chianti area is the Via Chiantigiana.
GREVE IN CHIANTI – wine country town
The municipality of Greve in Chianti is a territory strongly marked by human presence, not only for good architecture, but also for the well known production of wine and oil. Since the Middle Age the history of Greve has been linked to its main square, the location of a popular market. The place location was indeed strategic location: it was the instersection of the roads to Florence and Siena. Various castles are spread in the territory, most still well preserved, such as the castle of Uzzano, of Verrazzano, of Mugnana and of Sezzate. In addition the Montefioralle hamlet surrounded by a landscape that has inspired artists and writers. A must is a visit the winery of Macelleria Farloni, a very colourful butcher’s shop.
MONTEFIORALLE (Greve in Chianti municipality) – medieval village
It is a village-castle, dating back to 11th century. The village has a circular shape dominated by the church of Santo Stefano. What is left of the old quarterdeck is a powerful rectangular structure that has a coating of “alberese” stone. The urban architecture has a very unified style, characterized by buildings with medieval structures. Among these buildings, there is the house once owned by the Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
PANZANO IN CHIANTI (Greve in Chianti municipality) – countryside medieval village
Panzano is a small village which is located along the Via Chiantigiana. Inhabited since Etruscan times, it is known for its castle which includes a high tower higher than all other buildings. All the castle structures go back to 11th century. In addition a nice village which together with the castle consitutes the so-called High Panzano. Here you can admire one of the most important Romanesque-era churches of all Chianti area: the parish church of San Leolino. Panzano is where lives the well known Dario Cecchini, at the same time a vernacular poet and a butcher famous for its meat specialties.
IMPRUNETA – pottery town
Castles: Montauto Castle
Churches: Sanctuary of di Santa Maria
Monuments and Plaves: Furnaces, Cemetery of Falciani
Museum: Museum of Tesoro di Santa Maria
Palaces and Villas: Villa Corsini
Thermal baths: Impruneta spas
Events: Festa dell’Uva, Festa of San Luca
Products andtti and Handicrafts: ceramic, wine, olive oil
Sport: trekking, cycling, riding
The village is well known for its centuries long terracotta production, the so-called “cotto of Impruneta”. Moreover, the village is also known for the sanctuary of Santa Maria, a place of pilgrimage, and some major street events such as the Wine Festival and the Feast of Saint Luke. No less important is the production of wine and olive oil in the hills surrounding the village.
SAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA – countryside village
San Casciano in Val di Pesa is located in the Chianti Classico area and is a renowned center for the production of wines, extra virgin olive oil, and agricultural products. There are famous wineries instalate in the grounds of villas and castles as the Palagio Castle, Gabbiano Castle, Villa Antinori and Villa Le Corti. In San Casciano area there are numerous and beautiful farmhouses located in the countryside.
TAVARNELLE VAL DI PESA – wine village
Churches: Badia di Passignano, Cappella dei Pesci, Church of San Biagio, Pieve of San Pietro a Bossolo
Monuments and Places: Villa Poggio Petroio
Museum: Museum of Sacred Art of Tavarnelle
Localities: San Donato in Poggio
Sporst: trekking, cycling, riding
The municipality is located in one of the Chianti areas renowned for wine production. Tavarnelle looks quite modern with the exception of the main road where there are numerous palaces of the 17th and 18th century. Not to forget the abbey Badia di Passignano, an ancient monastery also known for wine production.
SAN DONATO IN POGGIO (Tavarnelle Val di Pesa municipality) – historic village
The village still retains considerable evidence of the 13th and 14th century, as the walls with two gates, the Malaspina palace from the Renaissance times, the Praetorian Palace with the 14th century frescoes and the church of Santa Maria della Neve (15th century). The old town has a series of winding streets surrounded by remarkable medieval architectural elements. Among them the tower-house called “Torre Campanaria” dating back to the 12th century. Outside the village is located the church of San Donato in Poggio, a remarkable example of Florentine Romanesque architecture (12th century).
Chianti area in Siena province territory
The Chianti area inside Siena province territory is one of the most important areas for wine production. This area consists of smooth hills planted with olive groves and vineyards. Nicknamed the “Garden of Europe” it has become famous throughout the world for its sweet beauty, so as to be defined by many the most beautiful countryside in the world. The territory is dotted by villages, churches, castles. There are many farmhouses restored to offer tourists a pleasant stay.
BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA – country village
Castles: Panarella Castle
Churches: Pieve of Sant’Appiano
Museum: Etruscan museum
Localities: Tignano, Petrognano
Sports: trekking, cycling, riding
The district covers a hilly area dotted by vineyards, olive groves and cypresses, and is crossed by the Via Cassia (SS 2). Barberino Val d’Elsa is a charming village that has maintained the structure of the medieval times. The historical centre is crossed by the main street connecting the two access doors: Senese-Romana, in stone and with Gothic arch, and the Fiorentina one. The distinctive feature of the area is the presence of numerous small medieval villages that overlook the hills around the chief town. Although derived from the same historical and cultural matrix these small towns are all different.
TIGNANO (Barberino Val d’Elsa municipality) – medieval village
Located on a hill with sweeping views over the valley of river Elsa, is one of the few completely walled villages remained almost unchanged over the centuries. Characterized by a circular shape, it is dominated by the castle, which is accessed via a steep ramp that leads to the Porta Fiorentina. Inside the castle there is the Oratorio di Sant’Anna, dating back to the 16th century. In the villagecenter stands the house-tower Tignano Alto. There is also the church of San Romolo, a rectangular structure in Romanesque style. Inside the church is located a glazed terracotta tabernacle by Giovanni della Robbia.
CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI – countryside village
Museum: Archaeological Museum of Chianti
Archaeological sites: Necropoli del Poggino
Natural reserves: Riserva di San’Agnese
Sporst: trekking, mountain bike, riding
It is a medieval village perched in a panoramic position on a hill overlooking the valleys of Arbia, Pesa and Elsarivers. It is located between the territories of Siena and Florence, two historical rivals. For this reason the village is inevitably full of anecdotes that recall the harsh disputes between the two Middle Age powers. It is a renowned area for wine and oil production which comprises the most of central part of Chianti area. Because of the tourism boom linked to the Chianti Classico Wine Road in recent times the historical center has been completely restored.
CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA – hill town
Churches: Certosa di San Pietro
Palaces: Villa di Monaciano, Villa Chigi Saracini
Museum: Museum of Paesaggio, Parco sculture del Chianti (Chianti Sculpture Park)
Events: Chianti Festival
Sports: trekking, cycling, mountain bike, riding
Castelnuovo Berardenga is a charming village located in the Chianti area, surrounded by many castles, fortified villages and historical villas. The village supports the National Association Città del Vino and the Slow Towns group (gathering the “cities of good living”). Among the most important attractions of the area the village of San Gusmé, the Charterhouse of Pontignano, the castle of Montalto, the Villa Chigi Saracini, the Villa Arceno and the Church of Madonna del Patrocinio.
SAN GUSME’ (Castelnuovo Berardenga municipality) – countryside village
It is a small urban area that has preserved the ring of the original medieval walls still almost completely intact. In the 12th century it was a fief of the Ricasoli family. The surrounding countryside is characterized by intensive cultivation of vineyards and olive groves. Just outside the village there is the fountainhead of Ombrone river.
VAGLIAGLI (Castelnuovo Barardenga municipality) – countryside village
The name, rather curious in Italian language, indicates that the area was plenty of wild garlic. The village has retained its medieval appearance because of some historic buildings such as the Church of St. Christopher, in Romanesque style, dating back to the 13th century. In recent times it has become a tourist destination. In the village we were shot some scenes of the movie “Letters to Juliet”, starring Julia Roberts.
GAIOLE IN CHIANTI – wine countryside town
Castles: Brolio Castle, Meleto Castle
Churches: Parish of San Marcellino, Oratory of Pianigiani, Badia di Coltibuono (abbey)
Museums: Ricasoli museum, Castello di Ama per l’Arte Contemporanea
Products and handicrafts: wine, olive oil, salami, ceramics, wrought iron, fabric
Locality: Vertine medieval village
Itineraries: Chianti castles road
Sports: trekking, cycling, mountain bike, riding
Land of woods and hills, vineyards and olive groves, Gaiole in Chianti is the cradle of handicrafts which have their roots in the distant past. There is a wide choice of ceramic art works, hand weaving on ancient looms, production of objects in iron and production of gift items. In the territory are scattered numerous small hamlets that still maintain the original medieval appearance. A must is the visit to both the castles of Brolio and Meleto. The whole area is characterized by a fine wine production, the Chianti Classico.
POGGIBONSI – countryside town
Castles: Staggia Castle, Poggio Imperiale Fortress, Magione Castle
Churches: Convent of San Lucchese, Church of San Pietro a Cedda
Sport: trekking, cycling, mountain bike, riding
Since the Middle Ages, the village has always had a special commercial vocation, in particular economic exchanges through the valley of the Elsa river (Val d’Elsa). Not surprisingly, today the village is the capital of the Industrial District Alta Valdelsa. Staggia Castle and the Magione Castle are not far and they both are worth a visit.
RADDA IN CHIANTI – wine countryside town
Castles: Volpaia Castle
Museums: Museum of Sacred Art of Chianti
Localitiesà: Badia a Montemuro, Volpaia
Events: Chianti Festival
Sports: trekking, cycling, mountain bike, riding
It is a pretty medieval village, surrounded by the walls elongated in elliptical shape, which has preserved its original appearance, characterized by narrow streets that come out in the central square. There are many neraby villages, castles and churches, all from the Middle Ages, perfectly preserved, such as the villages of Badia a Montemuro and Volpaia. Currently Radda and its attractive surroundings have become a popular tourist destination for those who love good wine and nature. In the village there are excellent restaurants and wine bars where all the typical products of the area are available.
VOLPAIA (Radda in Chianti municipality) – countryside village
It is a small town that has a remarkable architectural harmony, and still has the appearance of the fortified village. The most interesting architectural structures are the Volpaia castle and the Church of Sant’Eufrosino. During the 15th e 16th centuries the village became renowed because of scholars, artists and manufacturers of watches. This particular handicraft, typical of the period prior to Galileo Galilei, was developed by the family Della Volpaia, owner of the castle. Lorenzo di Volpaia, a friend of Leonardo da Vinci and often his adviser on technical matters, is known for having built the planetary clock that, presently, is located inside the Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence
Spas in Chianti
A spa in Chianti
Terme di Chianciano
Address: Via delle Rose, 12 – 53042 Chianciano Terme (SI)
Phone: +39 0578 68111
The spa located at 86 kms from Siena and 128 kms from Florence. It has a health center with clinics for specialist visits for various types of diseases. The complex also includes the exclusive “Sensory Spa” and three waters used for inhalations and aerosols: Acqua Santa, Acqua Fucoli and Acqua Santissima. The spa allows to use the beneficial properties of the active principles of the thermal waters and the most recent discoveries in the field of cosmetics and creams, oils, sludge and the latest generation of masks with the “Thermalife” package.
Terme Sant'Elena - Chianciano Terme (SI)
Address: Viale della Libertà, 112 – 53042 Chianciano Terme (SI)
Phone: +39 0578 31114
The St. Helena thermal water flows at 550 meters above sea level. It owes its name to the Chapel of St. Helena near which the source is located. The water flows at a temperature of 13 ° C, is bicarbonate-alkaline-earthy, contains mineral salts, rare gases, bicarbonate, and have a PH similar to that one of blood. The water stimulates diuresis by increasing the purification of toxic substances and has an anti-inflammatory power in the urinary tract. In addition it aids digestion and elimination of the kidney stones. To appreciate the benefits, the water should be drunk warm in the morning. Sant’Elena source water is bottled for home use and exportation.
Antica Querciolaia - Rapolano Terme (SI)
Address: Via Trieste, 22 – 53040 Rapolano Terme (SI)
Phone: +39 0577 724091
Antica Querciolaia is located in the heart of the Crete Senesi, 30 kms far from Siena and 105 kms from Florence. The water flows at a temperature of 40 ° C and its beneficial properties are mostly due to the minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The spa offers specialized medicine, health club, treatments, baths at various temperatures and massages.
Terme di San Giovanni - Rapolano (SI)
Address: Via Terme San Giovanni, 52 – 53040 Rapolano Terme (SI)
Phone: +39 0577 724030
They were already well known by the Etruscans and the Romans. The waters of San Giovanni thermal baths flow at a temperature of 39 ° C and are rich of sulfur and calcium bicarbonate, characteristics that make them indicated in the treatment of dermatological and respiratory diseases. The thermal baths of San Giovanni also offer a wide range of wellness treatments, from swimming in thermal pools at different temperatures to the gym and “Spa Day” with rejuvenating, relaxing or balancing packages.
Acqua Salsa di Pillo thermal bath - Gambassi Terme (FI)
Address: Piazza G. Di Vittorio 1 – 50050 Gambassi Terme (FI)
Phone +39 0571 638401 / +39 0571 638141
The Gambassi Terme are renowned for the water Salsa di Pillo. Its healing properties are related to the high mineralization due to the geological characteristics. The water Salsa di Pillo is rich iof soda chloride, sulphate and magnesium. Thanks to these characteristics, it is excellent for the digestive and respiratory systems.
The wellness center Acqua Salsa di Pillo is located in a park of old trees and offers a wide range of health and beauty services such as hydro-colon therapy, sauna, whirlpool, light therapy, mud therapy, mineral water therapies and inhalation therapy, lymphatic drainage and Ayurvedic massage. At guests’ disposal there are discounts and agreements with cottages and hotels in the surrounding area.
Terme di Impruneta (FI)
Indirizzo: Via Cassia 217 – 50023 Impruneta (FI)
Phone. +39 055 2020151
In Impruneta spa, located 12 kms South of Florence, the waters, salso-bromine and iodine-sulfur, flow from two cold sources: Fonte Antica and Fonte Celeste. They are indicated for the treatment of respiratory disorders, gastrointestinal deseases and allergies. The facility has an agreement with the National Health Service and allows to book personalized treatments.
Ageing of selected Chianti wines
The name “Chianti” is a guarantee of noble wine, produced in accordance with strict rules that protectiyts quality and sensory characteristics. Chianti DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) is produced in the heart of Tuscany, in an area split by the provinces of Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. It is a hilly area with large terraces and valleys crossed by rivers. It is an are where wine was grown since Etruscan times, but only in 19th century it has obtained DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) acknowledgment.
There are various areas of farming. Each type of Chianti is produced in a specific sub-area regulated by its own rule. In 1932 they seven areas were identified 7. It is designated “Classico” the noblest Chianti, subject to stringent regulations.
- Colli Aretini,
- Colli Fiorentini,
- Colli Senesi
- Colline Pisane
Composition: Sangiovese (75%), Cannaiolo, Trebbiano, Malvasia bianca, Sauvignon and Merlot.
Chianti wine color is ruby red, the taste is harmonious, dry and slightly tannic. The Chianti can be drunk young or aged: in the first case, it goes particularly well with grilled red meats, while the Reserve, more full-bodied and complex, is perfect with game and cheeses.
The Consorzio Chianti Classico, which gathers approximately 600 wineries, was founded with the aim of enhancing the wine Chianti Classico. Since 2007, each bottle has an identification number that allows the consumer to trace (via the Internet) its origin.
Chianti Classico wine and olive oil Road
Municipalities: Barberino Val d’Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Poggibonsi, Radda in Chianti, San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Products: Chianti Classico DOCG wine
The Wine Routes are itineraries that cross the territories of Tuscany with widespread wine production characterized by important cultural, historical and natural attractions.
The wine routes allow tourists to visit wineries located among unspoilt nature landscapes and medieval villages that still retain the trace of their original architecture. The Chianti Classico Wine and Oil Road overlaps the route of Chiantigiana road, that crosses all the territory. It firstly passes through Greve in Chianti, then Panzano in Chianti and thereafter Castellina in Chianti, Fonterutoli to end up in Siena. The road route is connected with secondary roads that connect the larger centers to the villages and castles. The most important is that one which that leads to Radda in Chianti, and then to the Brolio Castle, where Bettino Ricasoli developed the “recipe” of wine Chianti. There are many guided tours to the wineries to have unfogettable tasting experiences; in restaurants and taverns is possible to taste the specialties of Chianti cuisine.
Wine tasting and direct sales:
Badia a Coltibuono, Barone Ricasoli, Bibbiano, Borgo Scopeto, Carpineto, Casa Sola, Casaloste, Castelli del Grevepesa, Castello Di Querceto, Castello di San Donato in Perano, Castello Di Verrazzano, Castello Di Volpaia, Castello La Leccia, Castello Vicchiomaggio, Fattoria Di Petroio, Fattoria La Ripa, Fattoria Viticcio, Il Molino di Grace, Isole e Olena, La Croce, Machiavelli, Ormanni, Pian Del Gallo, Podere Terreno, Rocca Delle Macie, Salvadonica, San Donatino, San Fabiano Calcinaia, San Felice, Vescine, Villa A Sesta, Villa Cafaggio, Villa Mangiacane
Badia a Coltibuono, Casa Sola, Castello Di Volpaia, Castello Vicchiomaggio, Fattoria Di Petroio, Pian Del Gallo, Rocca Delle Macie, San Felice, Villa A Sesta, Villa Mangiacane
The legend of the black rooster
At the time of bitter disputes between Florence and Siena, the two republics decided to redraw the borders of their respective territories. Failing to reach an agreement, they decided to challenge each other in the following way. At the first cock-crow and both from Siena and from Florence, a horseman should gallop towards the other citiy. The point of their meeting would mark the new border.
The Florentines left their black cock without eating so that it sang before dawn. This fact allowed the Florentine horseman to travel more kilometers than the antagonist from Siena. The two met at Fonterutoli Castle, where the treaties were signed, and the border between the two republics was set at Castellina, a few kilometers far from Siena.
So the black cock was chosen as the symbol of Chianti Classico consortium and such a label is visible on all the bottles of Chianti produced since the early 20’s to testify to the authenticity of the wine.
TENUTA CAFAGGIO - winery and wine tasting - Greve in Chianti
BASILICA CAFAGGIO – winery
Address: Via San Martino, 5 – 50022 locality Panzano in Chianti – Greve in Chianti (FI)
GPS: N43.5546287630211° E11.2800407409668°
Phone: +39 055 8549094
Open hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5:30pm
Services: Visits to wine cellars and wine tastings on all days of the week, including holidays, by prior booking at the company starting at 11 am or at 3 pm
Booking: visits, wine tasting, information – call +39 055.8549094 or send an email to email@example.com
Products: The Tenuta di Cafagggio Cafaggio produces 4 “Chianti Classico” – Basilica Solatìo Chianti Classico Riserva, Basilica San Martino Chianti Classico Riserva, a Chianti Classico Riserva and a Chianti Classico. Cafaggio also produces 2 “Cru” – Basilica del Cortaccio Cabernet Sauvignon and Basilica del Pruneto Merlot.
The Tenuta di Cafaggio
The estate of Cafaggio extends over 60 hectares, divided into 30 hectares of specialized vineyards, 10 hectares of olive groves and the rest in the woods at Panzano, a hamlet of Greve in Chianti in the province of Florence. The estate is immersed in the “Conca d’Oro”, recognized as the most famous area for the production of Chianti Classico. The Basilica Cafaggio farmhouse will be pleased to welcome all wine lovers and all those who want to visit us to know our estate, visit our cellar and discover our wines
A trip to over 600 years of history
The origins of the Cafaggio estate in the Middle Ages. The first document attesting the presence of Cafaggio is dated 1408, as is shown by a precious parchment preserved in the company’s archives. Then the estate was called “Cahago”, which means enclosed field or cultivated field. The documents indicate that at the end of the 15th century the estate was owned by the Benedictine monks in Siena, before passing into the hands of various owners, including the famous Florentine family, the Niccolini. In modern times the property was sold to the Florentine hospital of Santa Maria Nuova and the documents attest that the farm was already producing a wide variety of foodstuffs, including wine and oil. Thus comes to the 19th century, Cafaggio passed to the Boddi family. At the end of the 1960s the estate was purchased by the Farkas family, who decided not only to restore the cellars but also to re-plant vineyards and olive trees. From 2014 the company is in the availability of ISA S.p.A. (Istituto Atesino di Sviluppo S.p.A.) holding company based in Trento.
VISITE E DEGUSTAZIONI
1. WINE TASTING “SMART”
– Approximately 30 minutes
– 4 wine tasting
– winery visit
– Price: € 15/person
2. DEGUSTAZIONE “CLASSIC”
– Approximately 30 minutes
– winery visit
– 4/6 wine tasting
– tagliere di affettati
– Price: € 20/person (for 4 wines) / € 25/person (for 4 wines)
3. WINE TASTING “COMPLETE”
– Approximately 30 minutes
– Visit the Vineyards
– winery visit
– 6 wine tasting
– Tuscan snacks
– Price: €30/person
WHERE FIND US
Tours and itineraries in Chianti
2/3 days tour in Chianti
|TYPE||Historical and cultural itinerary|
|MUNICIPALITIES||Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti|
|TRAVEL TIME||2/3 days|
|ITINERARY||Florence, Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Florence|
|STAGES||WHAT TO SEE|
|From Florence to Greve in Chianti = 30,5 kms||Montefioralle medieval village, Macelleria Farloni wine shop, Wine Museum, Panzano in Chianti countryside village, Vicchiomaggio Castle winery, Verrazzano Castle winery|
|From Greve in Chianti to Castellina in Chianti = 20,3 kms||Chianti Archaeological Museum, Poggino Etruscan sepulcher|
|From Castellina in Chianti to Gaiole in Chianti = 10,9 kms||Brolio Castle, Meleto Castle, Badia di Coltibuono (abbey), Ricasoli museum, Castello di Ama, Vertine medieval village|
|From Gaiole in Chianti to Radda in Chianti = 11,1kms||Volpaia Castle, Museum of Sacred Art of Chianti, Badia a Montemuro (abbey)|
|From Radda in Chianti to Florence = 48,5kms|
|Tourist Office||Piazza Matteotti,10 Greve in Chianti (FI) phone +39 055 854 6299|
Itinerary: starting from Florence, proceed to Greve in Chianti, then to Panzano in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti, then to Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti and finally Siena.
Length: 69 kms
Road: SS 222 (Chiantigiana)
The Chiantigiana road passes through the Chianti area from Florence to Siena. It is a great way to discover the territory. The route passes through beautiful views of hills, vineyards, olive groves, villages and castles.
Starting from Florence, the first village in Chianti area is Greve in Chianti. Amazing is the Piazza Giacomo Matteotti with the monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano in the center, the arcades and the typical structure of a market place. Greve in Chianti is the heart of the Chianti Classico production zone.
The next village along the Chiantigiana road is Panzano in Chianti. Remarkable are the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the church of San Leolino and the Oratory of Sant’Eufrosino. In this village lives the famous butcher Dario Ceccherini, who can offer you an incredible experience of eating the authentic “bistecca fiorentina” (beef steak).
Continuing ahead the is a crossroads: straight ahead (20 kms) there is Castellina in Chianti, an important historic center, surrounde by large woods populated by boars, hares, squirrels. Here in 1924 the Consortium of Chianti Classico wine was estabilished. In the village is located the neo-Romanesque parish church of San Salvatore and some nearby Etruscan graves.
Back to the crossroads, the rroad on the right leads to Radda in Chianti, urrounded by hills. The church of Santa Maria Novella is worth a visit as well as Albola, Bugialla, Livernano and Montemaione villages. Nearby is also located the “canon” of San Fedele a Paterno, the abbey of Montemuro and the convent of Santa Maria in Prato.
Approximately 10 kms ahead is located Gaiole in Chianti. A stop to visit the Abbey of Coltibuono built by the monks of Vallombrosa in the 11th century is recommended. All around there are several smaller villages and castles. Good examples are Spaltenna village with the Romanesque church, and the Vertine and Barbischio village-castle. Continuing towards Siena there are smaller routes to the most beautiful places in the area, like Brolio and Meleto castles surrounded by a endless landscape of vineyards, woods and medieval villages.
The journey ends in Siena.
Chianti wineries tour
The Chianti hills between Florence and Siena are covered by vineyards where purple, green, red and yellow colours are always melted. It is one of the most popular areas of Tuscany for its wine production and for its culture. Every year the area attracts thousands of tourists for the possibility to visit the wineries.
Indirizzo: Piazza G. Matteotti, 71 – 50022 Greve in Chianti
Phone: +39 055 853029
servizi:wine shop, bistrot, winery
The wineries of Greve, now owned by the Bencista-Falorni family, date back to 1893 and are located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine production area. The wine shop has a wrapping glamor coming from technological innovation to the automatic dispensing tasting islands, with the possibility to taste the wines using a prepaid card. In the wine shop there are around 1,200 Tuscan wine brands divided by type. It is possible to taste them combined with the products of ancient Falorni butcher such as salami and cheeses. The wine shop also maintains a collection of magazines, books and brochures related to the world of wine.
Address: Località Le Bolle – Via Vicchiomaggio, 4 – 50022 Greve in Chianti (FI)
Phone: +39 055854079
Located about 20 kms far from Florence, Vicchiomaggio is an elegant historic residence in which daily guided tours and wine tastings are organized for visitors.
Address: Verrazzano – 50022 Greve in Chianti (FI)
Phone: +39 055854243
It is possible to visit the historic wineries, discover the rooms of the villa and taste wines, extra virgin olive oil and “vin santo, as well as to buy the locally-produced wines.
LAMOLE DI LAMOLE
Address: Via Citille, 43 – Greve in Chianti FI)
Phone. + 39 055 9332941
Times: Monday to Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm
Owned Santa Margherita Co., it is a small gem of Tuscany because its vineyards reach the greatest heights of the normal Sangiovese grapes. Santa Margherita Tenimenti Toscani is the wine bistro which serves dishes of different Italian regional cuisines to match the labels of prestigious wines of the Santa Margherita Group. The specialty are fresh noodles with tender veal and vegetables “julienne” with Parmesan cheese and pork meat stuffed with tomato, caponata of vegetables, golden potatoes.
Address: Le Corti – Via San Piero di Sotto, 1 – 50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI)
Address: Via di Gabbiano, 12 – Mercatale Val di Pesa – San Casciano in Val di Pesa (FI)
Phone: +39 055 8218423
Mercatale Val di Pesa is one of the oldest wine villages of the Chianti Classico area. In a farmhouse scenically located and near the castle, the restaurant Il Cavaliere, led by chef Francesco Berardinelli, offers a menu of dishes cooked with quality ingredients. Among the must-see, the toast of chicken livers, roasted onions in vinegar, potato and chestnut flour gnocchi, and free-range guinea fowl to the brick.
Address: Via Cassia per Siena, 133 – Bargino – San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI)
Phone: +39 055 2359720
Times: all days 11.30am to 04.00pm
The modern winery of the Antinori family enjoys an international reputation. The two main and remarkable wines are Tignanello and Solaia. Besides the winery, is located the restaurant Rinuccio1180 that has a menu developed by chef Matteo Stems that combines the flavors of the Tuscan tradition revisited with innovative techniques. Not to miss the crispy cheese flan with celeriac cream and mushrooms and rabbit ravioli with roasted tomato sauce and bay leaves.
Calendar of events in the Chianti area
During the whole year there are many festivals that recall ancient events, related to the most authentic traditions. They all are opportunities to know and get closer to the culture of Chianti area and its typical products.
Festivals, fairs and cultural events
- Where: Chianti area
Gastronomic event with tours in many restaurants in that area
- Sagra delle frittelle
- Where: Montefioralle (Greve in Chianti Municipality)
- Domeniche in Chianti
- Where: Castelnuovo Berardenga
Tasting and routes, every Sunday until December, to discover the secret places of the Chianti area.
- Festa della stagion bona
- Where: Panzano in Chianti (Greve in Chianti Municipality)
Historical reenactment parade to propitiate the arrival of spring, with food stands and street parties.
- Alla corte del vino
- Where: San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Fair market of quality Tuscan wines
- Festa del giaggiolo
- Where: San Polo in Chianti (Bagno a Ripoli Municipality)
Festival dedicated to the tradition of the iris, its cultivation and its methods of use
- Cantine Aperte
- Where: Various locations
- Discovering wine and wine traditions of Chianti area
- Ferie delle Messi
- Where: San Gimignano
- Two-days of festival dedicated to honey
- Sagra della miseria
- Where: Colle Val D’Elsa
Food festival to discover traditional dishes
- Chianti Festival
- Where: Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Music, theater, dance and poetry in open spaces and mostly at night
- Palio di Siena
- Where: Siena city
- Calici di stelle
- Where: Greve in Chianti, San Casciano, Tavarnelle
Wine tasting and good music in open spaces and at night
- Festa del Nocciolo
- Where: Panzano in Chianti (Greve in Chianti Municipality)
Dinner in the village centre with typical products
- Rassegna del Chianti Classico
- Where: Greve in Chianti
Stands with wine and typical products
- Strada in fiera
- Where: Strada in Chianti (Greve in Chianti Municipality)
- Where: Gaiole in Chianti
A race of old bicycles along a 200 kms route that hundreds of athletes and fans participate every year.
- Chianti d’autunno
- Where: Barberino Val d’Elsa, Greve in Chianti, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, San Casciano Val di Pesa e Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole in Chianti e Radda in Chianti
Wine tastings, concerts, exhibitions, markets and conferences
- Sagra d’autunno
- Where: Strada in Chianti (Greve in Chianti Municipality)
- Mercatini di natale
- Where: San Casciano, Strada e Greve in Chianti, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Artistic craftsmanship in the Chianti area
Artists and shops to visit
In Tuscany there are workshops where artisans still work according to traditional wrought iron, marble, wood, blown glass, terracotta and travertine. In the small villages one can find the laboratories of the past: the tailor’s shop facing the road, the low cellars, dark and full of papers, cork, flasks, genuine salami with garlic and spices instead of preservatives.
Herewith some addresses of specialized artistic shops to visit:
Address: Via delle Terme, 44 – Siena
artistic objects in marble, alabaster and travertine.
Via Trento e Trieste 24 – Castellina in Chianti
Atelier “The ceramic garden” – things for home, pottery and hand-painted pots and jugs decorated with olive branches, poppies and orchids.
Furnace Meleto – Gaiole in Chianti
This is an 18th-century furnace located near the Meleto Castle with magnificent production of handmade glass, blown glass, furniture, handmade jewelry and embroidered linen natural fiber.
The craft workshop
Piazza Matteotti 56 – Greve in Chianti
Production of ladles, bowls, cutting boards in different shapes and sizes of olive wood and decorative wicker baskets.
Mercatale Val di Pesa
Kits for home and for infants with elegant embroidery, lace and lace impalpable.
Chianti Cashmere Company
Radda in Chianti
This farm is the only Italian breeding of cashmere goats. There are different products made with wool and milk of goats: soaps, creams and lotions for the body and also a special detergent with milk; moreover scarves, shawls, blankets made of natural dyed pure cashmere or mixed silk, linen made to the chassis with the wool.
Via di Città 61 – Siena
Lampshades, tapestries, embroidered table runner with themes inspired by the ancient manuscripts, coats of arms, capitals and 14th century vaults, besides reproduction of paintings by Simone Martini, Lorenzetti and Domenico di Bartolo.
via di Città, 96 – Siena
majolica and ceramics.
Bianco e Nero
Via dei Fusrai 21 – Siena
Saint Lucia terracotta bells painted in the traditional colors of the contrade, used as a gift for children newborn.
the Porrione, 41 – Siena
This is a workshop of yesteryear, with an historic forge and a whole family forging the iron anvil and working cantilevered brass and copper to produce pots, kettles, pot holders and custom chandeliers.
Grancia del Gallo Nero
via Porrione, 59 – Siena
Medieval objects. Well worth the visit to the basement of the shop where one can admire the well connected to underground tunnels built in the 13th and 15th century for water supply.
Via Siena, 96 – Pantaneto
Shop specialized in the production of frames with the technique of “gilding” with the same procedures used by the old craftsmen.
via Porrione, 46 – Siena
Shop specialized in wooden frames of olive and pine painted and polished by hand.
Roberto Serpi goldsmith workshop
via Porrione 13 – Siena
Creations of jewelry inspired by the medieval Sienese goldsmiths, particularly those of Guccio Cleaver.
Via Salicotto – Siena
Precious jewelry in gold, silver and precious stones inspired by the Sienese history, the frescoes of the palaces and the Etruscan jewelry.
Where to sleep in Chianti area
AGRITURISMO POGGIO AI MANDORLI - farmhouse - Greve in Chianti (FI)
POGGIO AI MANDORLI
Address: Via di Poggio ai Mandorli, 43 – locality Strada in Chianti
50027 Greve in Chianti
Phone: +39 055 317264 / +39 335 1626863
Services: apartments with Tuscan-style garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, wine tours, events
Poggio ai Mandorli is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Greve in Chianti, where he produced the famous Chianti Classico wine and extra virgin olive oil. The Trambusti family has always devoted to the wine world, it has its ancient roots in the area. The family bought the farm 12 years ago and renovated completelythe vineyards and the prestigious old buildings-
The farmhouse have several apartments where reach customers from all over the world to spend their holidays in Tuscany to find relaxation and fun. The apartments are very comfortable and large with striking green areas that surround them.
The prestigious wineries of the farmhouse can be visited to visit at least 5 max.25 persons by appointment. On request the family Trambusti can organize events, dinners, wine tours and much more. For any information please call Veronica at +39 335 1626863.
FATTORIA DI POGGIOPIANO - farmhouse and winery - Fiesole (FI)
FATTORIA DI POGGIOPIANO
Address: Via dei Bassi, 13 – Locality Girone – 50061 Compiobbi – Fiesole (FI)
Phone: +39 055 6593020
Mob: +39 328 6767774 / +39 335 5212706
Services:In the tranquility of the Florentine countryside, 7 km from the historic center of Florence, Fattoria di Poggiopiano offers overnight stay and breakfast in 8 rooms for 2 to 4 people and 4 apartments for 2 to 8 people. Each room and each apartment is equipped with bed and bath linen, heating with thermostat in each room, hairdryer and courtesy set in the bathrooms, kitchenette, wi-fi connection, outdoor pool with deckchairs and loungers, laundry and ironing, barbecue , car park. On request, the agritourism organizes wine and oil tasting accompanied by small tantalizing culinary curiosities.
Products: Production and direct sale of wines and extra virgin olive oil with organic certified.
The central building of Fattoria Poggiopiano is set in a typical Tuscan country house dating back to 1650, restored with respect for its typical character. Inside there are several rooms and apartments from 2 to 8 beds each and with different characteristics for a total of 30 beds. All rooms have private facilities; the apartments, even the smallest ones, have a kitchenette that allows you to prepare dishes based on local products, which can be purchased nearby.
Rooms and Apartments
The apartments on the first floor, have panoramic views of the Arno Valley and the surrounding countryside, beyond the features exposed beams and old terracotta floors. The renovation of the house followed the basic lines of bio-building that include the use of natural materials and energy-saving systems. For example, the hot water is produced by solar panels and a photovoltaic system on the farm produces electricity. Furthermore, the cleaning products are biodegradable and one-on-one containers are avoided for breakfast.
The environment is in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape and designed for tourists seeking a relaxing and enjoyable holiday with the convenience of being close to the art cities of Florence and Fiesole. In fact, a convenient urban bus reaches Florence’s historic center in about 20 minutes. Its stop is 900 meters from the farmhouse. The farmhouse is ideally located to visit the most important cultural and artistic centers of Tuscany: the historic center of Florence, only 7 km, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Lucca and Arezzo about 50 minutes by car.
Every morning, the farm staff prepares a breakfast with healthy and genuine food. Breakfast products are home-made or come from local producers, almost entirely organic farming. You can taste the delicious jams that the owner Elisabetta prepares with figs, pears and grapes of the farm, beyond the spread chocolate made with the extra virgin olive oil produced on the farm.
Sports lovers can take scenic walks, mountain biking or horseback riding (riding school at 10 km), or practice golf (International Golf 18 holes at 15 km), rafting et canoe with guide – starting at 900 meters from the farmhouse on the Arno river, courses or simple yoga sessions to be carried out in the garden (minimum 2 people). It will be pleasant and not uncommon to meet roebucks, hares, wild boars, squirrels, who live in the fields of the farm.
The Farm produces an excellent extra virgin olive oil, which has received numerous awards and prizes at national and international level, in addition red wines and white wines. All products can be tasted and purchased directly in Farm:
. Chianti wine
. Unripened Chianti wine
. Chianti Wine Reserve
. Red Wine IGT “Com’Era”
. Red Wine IGT “Poggio Galardi”
. IGT White Wine “Erta al Mandorlo”
. Extra-virgin olive oil “Galardi”
. Extra Virgin Olive Oil “Plenum”
How to find us
FATTORIA IL CANTUCCIO - farmhouse and winery - Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI)
Fattoria Il Cantuccio
Address: Strada Bonazza, 33 – 5028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI)
Phone: +39 055 8077121
Website: www.il cantuccio.net
Services: 3 apartments with living room, kitchenette, microwave, kettle, bathrooms with shower and bath, double rooms, single rooms, swimming pool, oak woods
Products: extra virgin olive oil and wine(Chianti area – Colli fiorentini area) Chianti DOCG, Cipereto, Il Roggio, Anna Igt (rose wine), Vinsanto Chianti
For those who want to take advantage of the tranquility of the Tuscan countryside between vineyards, olive groves and tradition, the Fattoria Il Cantuccio has a beautiful villa used as a farmhouse nestled in the heart of the Chianti wine area. The villa, dating from the early 16th century was the residence of the Niccolini Marquis and then their descendants, including writers, musicians. Handed down between generations, currently, the property belongs to the Passerin d’Entrèves Counts, either related to the original Marquis. Over the centuries, the villa underwent several restorations, but always keeping the charm of the original architecture beyond the preservation of the beauty of the woods and surrounding countryside.
The villa has three apartments for a total of 12 beds . The apartments inside the villa, elegantly furnished in true Tuscan style, offer all the comforts. It’s possible to rent the whole villa for groups interested in close contact with nature and the animals that live in the area.
The types of apartments available:
Cantuccio 1 -140 sqm (6 people) with living room, 3 bedroom, kitchen, dining area, microwave, kettle, 2 bathrooms with shower and bathtub
Cantuccio 2 – 90sqm (4 people) with living room, 2 bedroom, small kitchen, microwave, kettle, 2 bathrooms with shower bathtub and sink
Cantuccio 3 – 60sqm (2 persons) with living room, bedroom, small kitchen, microwave, kettle, bathroom with shower
Weekly rates per apartment
Very low season
|Low season||Mid season||High season|
|€ 840,00||€ 940,00||€ 1.040,00||€ 1.110,00|
|€ 644,00||€ 725,00||€ 750,00||€ 840,00|
|€ 434,00||€ 459,00||€ 510,00||€ 560,00|
The farm produces an excellent extra virgin olive oil. Also a good part of his 114 hectares of land is devoted to wine production of the famous Chianti wine “CIPERETO” .
The careful selection of grapes is the fine wine “THE ROGGIO”, with an intense ruby red color and fragrant, suitable for strong dishes.
Where to eat in Chianti area
WINE BAR UCCI - località Volpaia (Radda in Chianti - SI)
WINE BAR UCCI
Address: Piazza della Torre, 9 – 53017 – Volpaia – Radda in Chianti (FI)
Phone: +39 0577 738042 / +39 335 6300583
Services: wine bar, wine tasting, Tuscan products, salami, cheese, lunches
The WINE BAR UCCI is located inside the Volpaia Castle, a fortified village of medieval origin. Because of the privileged position it offers a breathtaking view over the hills in the area. It ‘a great place for those who want to enjoy the typical Tuscan landscape and taste the delicacies of the area.
WINE BAR UCCI offers delicious hot and cold dishes prepared with the products and the typical recipes of the area. One can taste meats, aged cheeses together with organic honey and mustard, the traditional panzanella (a famous Gina Mom recipe), and mainly creative canapés and “bruschetta” with Tuscan ingredients. The Bar Ucci also has a good selection of desserts such as the famous Gina’ pies, and ricciarelli always together with vin santo.
The wine list includes brands of different areas of Tuscany. The wines come from producers which use traditional winemaking methods such as Brolio Castle, Pruneto, Querciabella, Antico Borgo di Sugame, Gioia, Montemaggio, Val delle Corti, Villa Sant’Anna, San Donatino, Castello d’Albola, Castello di Volpaia.
Phone: +39 335 8774933 / +39 335 1457248
Cars: Sedan 3 seats – luxury minivan 6-7-8 places
Services: driver – transfer – tours – wedding
Ri.Mo.Rent is a company of car rental with driver that had operated in Tuscany for more than 10 years. It offers sightseeing tours for any destination and request, as well as more services and custom requests during private events set in Tuscany.
The services are performed by drivers selected for their professionalism, long experience, mastery of foreign languages, as well as considerable local knowledge. Thanks to these skills, you can be sure to explore the most important places in Tuscany.
The tours are conducted in total comfort and maximum security technology – ABS, airbags, localization tools and alarm with GPS, the latest generation navigation system, approval, and 100% security of removable seats of various sizes, both for the safe transport of children will be safe; backsplashes are available and the seats are suitable to transport persons with disabilities.
1. SIENA and SAN GIMIGNANO
Siena and San Gimignano are the two most famous places to visit – medieval villages with breathtaking views. In Siena, the main attractions are the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Scala and Piazza del Campo, where every year tourists from all over the world flock to witness the spectacle of the Palio. San Gimignano, a small fortified city, is famous for its architecture and for its beautiful medieval tower-houses that make the city an unique profile. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO, San Gimignano offers excellent local products such as saffron and white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Pisa is known for the Leaning Tower that dates back to 1117. The tower is one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world and is located in the famous Piazza dei Miracoli next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery. Pisa was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
The city is still surrounded by walls and contains priceless treasures. The best way to know Lucca is to look at her from above, both from the Guinigi Tower, or the Tower of the Hours.
4. CHIANTI TOUR
This tour offers the opportunity to discover Chianti, the famous Tuscan wine. Just to evoke the smooth and harmonious hills, vineyards and olive trees, small medieval villages remained miraculously intact for centuries in the prestigious area of production of Chianti Classico DOCG. In via Chiantigiana (Chianti wine road), many houses and farms offer good wine tasting and other typical local products.
5. VAL D’ORCIA TOUR
Montalcino is dominated by an imposing castle and still retains the walls and the towers of the 16th century. Montalcino, however, owes its fame above all to its famous red wine – Brunello di Montalcino. 9 kms far from the village lies the beautiful Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the main Cistercian abbeys of Italy.
During the tour one can enjoy the authentic Tuscan lunch, savoring excellent Brunello, in a traditional winery.
Pienza, the pearl of the Italian Renaissance, is the most important city in the Val d’Orcia from the artistic point of view. Pienza is a perfect example of realization of architectural and philosophical theories of the Renaissance, aimed at creating the “ideal city.” Since 1996 it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Pienza area is also famous for having been the set for “Romeo and Juliet” and The English Patient” movies. Not to be missed a walk along the walls and a taste of the famous cheese.
Montepulciano has a charming historic center, all around the beautiful Piazza Grande. A visit to the Town Hall, the Church of Sant’Agostino and the Temple of San Biagio is compulsory. Montepulciano is also famous for its wines, especially the “Nobile di Montepulciano”. It can be tasted in many specialized wine bars.
6. AREZZO and CORTONA
Arezzo has an important historic centre: San Francesco church and the archaeological area are attractions to visit.
Cortona is an attractive village located in the Val di Chiana area overlooking Trasimeno Lake.