CHIANTI WINE ROAD IN TUSCANY AMONG VINEYARDS AND SWEET HILLS
Castellina in Chianti is nestled in an area rich in woodlands and wildlife. It boasts a long history dating back to the Bronze Age. In fact, its territory is scattered with many remains of the Etruscan civilization: here, among numerous finds, evidence of human presence since the seventh century BC. was found as well.
According to some archaeological excavations Radda in Chianti's history is back to 2000 BC. You can stroll up and down its squares and streets, which depart and lead to the main square dedicated to Francesco Ferrucci, in order to discover its medieval origins, and some buildings dating back to 1200 and 1300. Here, within its ancient walls, you will breathe Radda's evocative atmosphere and enjoy the peaceful, beautiful views of the landscape around. Radda in Chianti has "invented" Chianti or better to say, it was here where the Consortium of Classic Chianti was founded with the symbol of the Black Rooster to protect the product and promote the development of the Chianti area. Today the Consortium gathers about 600 wineries.
Do not miss a visit to Castello di Brolio, where, according to the legend, politician and Florence mayor Bettino Ricasoli invented the real "recipe" of Chianti wine!
In summary, a good way to explore the Chianti area should be just to get lost along the roads and stop in one of these beautiful villages, usually featuring Medieval buildings, small churches, and quaint narrow alleys. In any of the villages, you will be able to find lots of restaurants, taverns, wineries, and coffee shops. If you like to overnight in the area there are many excellent holiday houses, farms, and rural hotels, (called "Agriturismo" that are very popular in this region), where beyond spending a night you can also have a tasty, wine-based dinner, or even taste the local oil. (the area is also famous for olive oil production.
The delicious Chianti Classico wine is usually served together with the typical local products of the area and the whole Tuscany such as cheeses, meat, cold cuts, game, oil, and pasta dishes.
The tour starts in Florence and ends in Siena.
Length of tour: 102 km
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Tour: Chianti Wine Road in Tuscany among vineyards and sweet hills
Category: Country sightseeing tour
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Region: Tuscany , Italy
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