WHEN TO GO
Every season is good for visiting the Chianti. Spring and autumn are the best times, those in which the landscape and climate are pleasant and the off-season allows to find less crowded and better prices. The country flourishes and gives all its beauty. In summer, the Chianti is the right place to relax and find milder temperatures. This season and until the autumn all the villages and countries come alive with festivals and events related to the traditions, the history and the culture of wine and good food.
Tuscany is located in central Italy and the center of Tuscany, between Florence, Siena and Arezzo is the Chianti. A series of hills, villages where time stands still, fortresses, churches and country houses: a picturesque nature and rich not only in beauty and history but also of unique and inimitable products that have made this region famous worldwide .
The territory of Chianti Classico stretches between Florence and Siena: over the centuries the two cities have long disputed control over its villages and towns.
From the geographical point of view, the territory extends for about 20 km between the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, between the average high hills also called complex of the Chianti Mountains. The highest point is Mount St. Michael, 893 meters high. The territory is crossed by 5 rivers Pesa, Greve, Ombrone, Staggia and Arbia.
From the historical point of view as initially it identified the territories belonging to the ancient Florentine Military League of Chianti, or Gaiole, Radda and Castellina in Chianti.
Today, also by virtue of the law on wine names, with the expression “Chianti” means the territories of the three municipalities of the League, the Florentines municipalities of San Casciano and Tavernelle in Val di Pesa, Greve in Chianti and part of Barberino in Val d’Elsa, the Sienese towns of Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi.
Read more about the places of Chianti and the surrounding areas.
All places of Chianti can be reached by car, bike and public transport from the main Tuscan cities.
The Via Chiantigiana SR222, designed on the Chianti hills, between Florence and Siena through Greve and is a road of a thousand deviations, along which you can savor the beauty of the passages, and make a stop in favorites villages. Also perfect for cycling.
Despite Tuscany railway network is well developed, there are no trains that reach the main towns of Chianti, except Poggibonsi and Castellina in Chianti.
By bus, you can reach almost all the localities of Chianti, in particular the SITA From Florence Santa Maria Novella and firm in all countries. The only difficulty is the timetable and the rides are not very frequent.
WHAT TO SEE
Chianti is rich of villages, each with its architecture and pristine landscapes in the time remaining, medieval buildings, churches, historical and artistic treasures to be discovered. Live the Chianti means to immerse themselves in this atmosphere, charming and relaxing, visiting the many countries, relax in the countryside, to address the pleasures of the table and good wine. Nature is the protagonist in a trip to Chianti and is enriched with historical sites, monuments, museums and traditional events.
WHAT TO DO
The activities in Chianti can be different depending on your taste: you can practice itineraries to discover the territory and villages, on the trail of the testimonies of the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilizations that inhabited these areas and the medieval history of these countries, has always disputed by great Florence and Siena.
If you have only one day to visit the Chianti you can take the Chiantigiana road and visit Greve in Chianti, considered the gate of the Chianti, with its famous Piazza del Mercatale, place of trade and commerce since ancient times and the Wine Museum. From here you can reach Montefioralle, a medieval castle with a small village. Continuing, you can visit Castellina in Chianti, on the border between the Florentine and Sienese Chianti. Here is the Archaeological Museum of Chianti. The path can continue to Barberino Val d’Elsa, fortified medieval village, Tavarnelle then, to conclude in San Casciano Val di Pesa, last pretty village of Chianti where he lived Machiavelli.
Whatever your destination in Chianti is, it is impossible not to stop and taste his wine. The Chianti wine area is larger in the countries that make it up and which constitute the Chianti Classico. Many farms and farms require reservations, for others it is simply present but it is always preferable to contact the first to organize an excellent tasting.
From Florence and Siena you can organize tours in the Chianti enodegustativi even just half a day, without taking the car.
For lovers of sport and activities Chianti outdoors is the place to indulge in cycling, to hiking or horseback, but also more relaxed activities such as engaging to wellness at the Baths of Siena and Florence.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Stay in Chianti means to enjoy nature and country life. To do this, nothing better than a cottage or an apartment in villa, bed and breakfast or vacation home nestled in the green, where you can rest and enjoy all the good Chianti on site, with products at km 0 and wine DOC.
FOOD AND WINE
Chianti is the maximum expression of the good food and typical Tuscan products. The hills here are full of vineyards and olive groves, but not only oil and wine is made the Chianti area. Meats, cheeses, meats, bread, tomato soup and the best of Tuscan tradition are found in all the inns and tourist farms where the products reach the board directly from the field.
A place not to be missed is the Officina della Bistecca in Panzano in Chianti: This picturesque inn is associated with a butcher shop where his size manager and cooks the steak Florentine extolling the verses of the Divine Comedy.