Chianti

The Road of Chianti and Chianti Classico Wine and Olive Oil:

Chianti is not a large area, but it would be better to visit it slowly, stopping to enjoy the small villages, castles, ancient churches and individual houses with beautiful landscapes and stories. The territory stretches between Florence and Siena, includes the entire municipalities of Greve, Radda, Castellina and Gaiole in Chianti and parts of the towns of Castelnuovo Belardenga, Barberino Val d'Elsa, San Casciano Val di Pesa, Poggibonsi and Tavarnelle, with its vineyards, olive groves and dirt roads that preserve the features of the rural landscape.

Just away from Cavriglia, along the road Chiantigiana, lies the Abbey of Badia Coltibuono, where the hills of Chianti Gaiole unfold. There you can find Gaiole and after a mile you could reach the Meleto Castle. Do not miss the Castle of Brolio where the Baron Bettino Ricasoli in 1872 expressed the recipe of the most important wine in the world - Chianti.

Radda in Chianti:
Radda, the capital of the Chianti League, is a charming medieval village enclosed by towering walls. Nearby Radda are many castles and beautiful churches worth visiting Volpaia Castle a tiny millennial village, perfectly preserved.

Castellina in Chianti:
Castellina is an Etruscan village. It is said that Brunelleschi was involved in the design of parts of the fortifications. The remaining walls consist of a beautiful walkway that follows the perimeter of one of the loveliest of old towns. If you are passionate about contemporary art, you cannot miss the tenuta of Nittardii - a farm that belonged to Michelangelo Buonarroti which now houses a valuable collection. Each year an international artist creates two original paintings for a limited number of wine bottles: one for the label and one for the silk paper which is used to wrap the bottle itself .

How to get there:
By car: in about 20 minutes you'll be at the gates of Chianti