The rolling hills of the Chianti between Florence and Siena are known as the symbol of Tuscany, where many famous vineyards can be found. Old castles and fortresses, along with thick forests and vast fields define the well-known landscape.
Impressive fortresses, renovated castles with cypress-filled gardens and villages protected by massive city walls, stand side by side throughout the region.
They bear witness to the period of time, when the rulers of Florence and Siena fought against each other over the Chianti. It was not until the end of these territorial conflicts in the 16th century, that the region could develop.
Famous winegrowing area
The Chianti Classico became well known early on and is the most famous wine region in Italy today.
Olives are also grown in the fields and made into fine oils.
Farmers and winegrowers structured the Chianti's landscape to include spacious areas under cultivation, which are divided by impenetrable macchia and wooded cliffs.
Lega del Chianti
The founding of the Lega del Chianti united the free districts Castellina, Radda, Gaiole and Greve in the Middle Ages. Today, they are still the most important places of the region, Greve having expanded to be the capital of the Chianti Classico.
Towns in the Chianti:
The beautifully situated Badia a Coltibuono is one of Tuscany's oldest monasteries, looking back on over 1000 of history. In 1810 the convent became privately owned and today is a renowned vine-growing estate. more
Impressive and mysterious, the abbey Badia a Passignano lies in the solitary landscape of the Chianti. For a long time, the 11th century abbey, which is surrounded by cypresses, was one of Italy's most important. more
The Castello di Brolio belongs to one of the most fascinating monuments in the centre of the Chianti Classico. The castle, which stands high on a hill, surrounded by cypresses, has been the ancestral seat of the Ricasolo family since the Middle Ages. more
Surrounded by vineyards, the mighty Castello di Meleto stands high upon a hill. A charming cypress boulevard leads up to the castle, which often resisted fierce attacks during the Middle Ages. more
The Castello di San Polo in Rosso stands idyllically on a hill in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Vineyards, olive groves and oak forests surround the beautiful castle, which dates back to the 12th century. more
Lush vegetation surrounds the Castello di Spatenna, which stands on a hill near Gaiole in Chianti. Mediaeval architecture gives the complex, containing a parish church and monastery buildings, a strict beauty. more
The impressive fortress of the lively winemaking town of Castellina in Chianti can be seen from a far. Fantastic views over the Chianti Classico, a large piazza and mediaeval streets define this wonderful town. more
Protected by important castles and monasteries, Gaiole in Chianti developed into an important trading spot during the Middle Ages. It had no need for city walls and is surrounded today by vast and famous winegrowing estates. more
Greve has made a name for itself as the urban centre of the Chianti Classico through its large market place. The town's triangular Piazza provides a stage for a lively weekly market and the yearly wine convention. more
The historical town of Panzano in Chianti lies picturesquely above the region's vineyards and forests. The castle as well as the city walls of this popular holiday destination are proof of the many battles between Florence and Siena. more
Thanks to its mediaeval centre, Radda in Chianti is one of the most attractive wine towns of the Chianti Classico. The central Piazza Ferrucci, crooked lanes and archways, give the district original flair. more
Some of the houses of the small town San Donato in Poggio date back to the 14th century. City gates, narrow lanes and archways give the town off the beaten path a truly historical flair. more
The small, fortified Volpaia still has a sense of the Middle Ages. Massive walls were built to protect the beautiful village in the Chianti Classico during the border conflicts between Florence and Siena. more
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