When you hear about Chianti you immediately associate this name with the famous red wine that accompanies exquisite dishes at the table. However, Chianti is not only a red wine, but also an area of Tuscany to be discovered.
You cannot visit the Chianti area in Tuscany without tasting the famous wine that takes its name from this extraordinary land.
The colour, perfume and unmistakable taste of this DOCG wine, which comes in the form of several types (all to be discovered), is difficult to forget once you have tasted it.
If you find yourself spending a few days here, you must plan an itinerary to admire the beauty of the area.
In fact, Chianti in Tuscany is not just a red wine, but a place to see.
- 1 Chianti classico. What to visit
- 2 Experiences to live in Chianti Classico
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Chianti classico. What to visit
Chianti is one of those areas of Italy in which wine tourism and enogastronomy routes have been most developed, combining knowledge of the wines and products of the area with all that it has to offer in terms of art, culture and landscape, with the famous rolling hills as a backdrop.
Its vineyards extend as far as the Pisan hills to the west, the hills of Arezzo to the east and then on to Pistoia to the north and Siena to the south.
The real centre and the most famous area of this marvellous land is certainly the Chianti Classico, which includes the municipalities of Greve, Panzano, Gaiole, Radda, Castellina and Castelnuovo Berardenga with an extension of the territory between Florence and Siena.
We have chosen three of these locations for you.
Greve in Chianti: the gateway to Chianti Classico
To begin our journey we have chosen this characteristic Tuscan village: Greve in Chianti, the northernmost town in Chianti Classico and for this reason considered the gateway to this area of Tuscany.
The town was founded as a dependency of the Castle of Montefioralle, which is located nearby, and has as its heart its historic centre with the Piazza where there is a statue of the famous explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, originated from Greve in Chianti.
It is also possible to admire the church of Santa Croce, which, although medieval in origin, has neo-Renaissance forms and houses, among its works, a triptych of the Madonna and Saints by Bicci di Lorenzo.
Other points of interest in Greve in Chianti are the Palazzo del Comune and the San Francesco Museum of Sacred Art.
One kilometre from Greve is the medieval village of Montefioralle. Take a walk through the narrow streets of this enchanting place and visit the church of Santo Stefano, the house of Amerigo Vespucci and, not far away, the pieve of San Cresci.
Panzano in Chianti: traces of a glorious past
Panzano in Chianti lies a few kilometres from Greve.
Its castle was of fundamental importance in the defence of the territory, starting in the 12th century, for the wars that took place between Florence and Siena. Traces of Panzano’s past can still be seen in the old village, where it is possible to walk around and breathe in the air of times gone by. The Church of S. Maria is interesting; it dates back to 1200, but was completely rebuilt in 1800, adopting the neoclassical style.
If you find yourself here, stop to drink a good glass of wine in one of the wine bars in the main square or treat yourself to lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants where you can savour the local delicacies.
Don’t forget the Pieve di San Leolino, not far away, whose presence has been documented since 982. From the outside, its Renaissance appearance hides an interior with the typical characteristics of a Romanesque basilica with three naves and containing precious works by local masters.
Without detracting from the other towns in the Chianti Classico area, Gaiole, Radda and Castellina, we have chosen as the third stop on our route the southernmost town in this wonderful area: Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Less known and visited than the other towns, it is no less fascinating and full of surprises.
Castelnuovo Berardenga was founded by the city of Siena in 1366, which controlled it until 1555, when it was defeated by the Medici family.
In this town you can see the remains of the high tower in Piazza Petrilli, which in 1755 became the clock tower of Castelnuovo Berardenga.
To breathe in the past of this town you should visit, in addition to the square, Vicolo dell’Arco with its characteristic red brick arches, an interesting vantage point from which to admire the surrounding area.
Experiences to live in Chianti Classico
Visiting Chianti in Tuscany is an experience that will stay in your mind and heart forever. However, you can make your visit even more adventurous with a couple of activities that we have selected for you. Here they are!
Picnic on the Chianti Hills
To immerse yourself in the wonderful nature offered by the Chianti region in Tuscany a nice picnic on the hills is just what you need for a relaxing moment, tasting local specialities and enjoying the beautiful panorama.
The context is truly extraordinary. We are located in Castelnuovo Berardenga where the soil is deep, stony and perfect for the production of wines of great olfactory finesse and elegance. In this landscape so harmonious and rich in history, you will have an unforgettable experience.
You will be given a picnic basket with everything you need to enjoy Tuscan cold cuts, including the famous finocchiona, and local cheeses, such as fresh and aged pecorino. All accompanied by the right wine to match the unique flavours of Chianti Classico.
Chianti Classico Tour
For those who love to experience the area, savouring it metre by metre and maybe even making a little effort… Here is the perfect experience: a bike tour of the Chianti Classico area.
You will admire and discover this splendid territory, riding along some of the roads of the famous cycling event “L’Eroica”, discovering villages and castles, admiring the green hills and the expanses of vineyards that cover them.
A journey through nature and time that will enchant you and remain in your heart forever.
You will be provided with a bike, so the only thing you need is to be in good physical shape, because although it is not an extremely difficult route, it does require a certain amount of effort. In short, this is the experience for those who like to conquer stages through sweat!