Chianti is probably one of the most famous Wine-growing regions of Italy and no longer an insider tip among connoisseurs. In Greve, Castellina, Radda and Gaiole you can experience the romance of the vineyards up close.
The green hills of the Chianti stretch from Florence to Siena with individual pine and cypress trees on the hilltops and the vineyards often appear against a bright blue sky. Sometimes a medieval town on a mountain appears on the horizon, such as Castellina. From here you have a phenomenal view over the vineyards Core area of the Chiantiwhere the grapes for the wine labeled with the Gallo Nero seal of approval grow.
The dark parapet walk around the center of Castellina is interesting, and of course the city wall itself. Greve is known for its asymmetrical market square. Everything that Tuscan cuisine has to offer is available here, and of course plenty of good wine. Souvenirs like Gallo Nero wine corks can be bought in the small, romantic shops.
Radda, Gaiole and the Church of Columns
Further south you can reach Radda via lonely but well-developed roads. This place also has many small shops with typical Tuscan souvenirs, good wines and excellent restaurants. Time seems to have stood still here, as the place is by no means overcrowded with tourists. The wonderful landscape with its winding roads also attracts many bikers. The actual southbound traffic goes over the highway and leaves that Chianti unmolested.
On the way to Gaiole you pass the Chiesa di Klassenna, which is something like a postcard motif of Chianti. The medieval tower with the dense cypress next to it is typical of Chianti. In Gaiole, the many colorful houses on the main square are impressive and if it is still too early for a glass of wine at noon, you can of course lick an ice cream and visit the beautiful place in peace.
Last updated: 06.02.2024