What to see in the Chianti Province
Castellina in Chianti
Located on the top of a hill about 15 km south of Panzano, is Castellina in Chianti , once on the front of the continuous wars between Florence and Siena.
Attractive features of this wonderful town are the walls, the fortress and the suggestive Via delle Volte , a kind of underground conduit that leads eastward from under the town.
To testify its even more remote origins are the Etruscan ruins that can be admired in the Etruscan hypogeum of Montecalvario , 10 minutes from the town.
On the main street of the town, on the other hand, there is an electrical unit of the wine cooperative, indicating the interest and the main economy of the town: wine and the production of olive oil , all products that can be purchased in the well-stocked Bottega del vino. Black Rooster .
Gaiole in Chianti
It is a lively commercial town, the main points of tourist interest are the castle of Vertine located about 3 km west of the town, and the fortified village of Barbischio , located on a small road going east.
Also in the area you can continue along the Strada dei Castelli : an itinerary full of castles and fortresses to visit.
For wine tasting we recommend a visit to the Montagnani Enoteca , very well stocked, or directly to the wine cooperative , which offers excellent tastings.
South of Gaiole and immediately after the village of Brolio is Castello di Brolio , a structure that was once owned by the Ricasoli , one of the pioneer families of the local winemaking tradition. Inside you can visit the rooms of the huge residence and taste the wine of the Castello di Brolio estate accompanied by tasty local dishes.
Radda in Chianti
It was the capital of the Lega del Chianti , where the imprint of that period catches the eye more than ever: the charm of the Town Hall frescoed and studded with shields on the front, a small church in a higher position, make Piazza Ferrucci the fulcrum history of this tiny town.
To enjoy an excellent wine and appreciate a breathtaking view we recommend the Le Vigne restaurant, on the road between Villa a Radda and Radda in Chianti.