Located in the middle of Tuscany among Florence, Siena and Arezzo, the Chianti region is a charming area, well-known for the good food and for the excellent red wine named Chianti, from which the whole area takes its name, whose symbol is the Black Rooster. Scattered with medieval towns, churches and abbeys, Renaissance villas and ancient castles, the Chianti region, which stretches south of Florence to just north of Siena, is distinguished by olive trees, vineyards, oaks woods and cypress-lined roads.
The Chianti roads connect different towns around Florence and Siena. Our guests can start exploring the Chianti region visiting Castellina in Chianti, which is 15 minutes driving on a scenic route from La Canonica di Cortine. The origins of this wonderful borgo go back to Etruscan times and are attested by the Etruscan tombs in Montecalvario, reachable with a short walk from the city center and dated from the 6th century BC. Destroyed and rebuilt many times due to its strategic position between Florence and Siena, today Castellina in Chianti preserves all the traces of its glorious past.
Leaving Castellina, our guests can continue driving to Radda in Chianti which is located 10 km east. This beautiful medieval town, enclosed in defensive walls, characterized by narrow streets and tower buildings, offers enchanting views, good restaurants and a calendar full of cultural events. Gaiole in Chianti, 10 km east from Radda in Chianti, is another important town of the Chianti region, not necessary for its city center, but rather for its surroundings rich of castles and churches. Driving back west, a stop in Panzano in Chianti is a must. The original medieval center is today incorporated in the bell tower of the Church of Santa Maria, situated in Panzano Alto, the old part of the town. A lot of our guests reach Panzano to visit the famous butcher Dario Cecchini, where, in addition to buying good meat, they can enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal.
Another short drive will lead our guests to Greve in Chianti. Historical connected to the charming Castle of Montefioralle, located above the town, Greve in Chianti is the principal town in the Chianti wine district. The curious shaped square is the central point of the town, housing several shops and fronting numerous medieval aged buildings, including the 11th century Chiesa Santa Croce; an interesting market takes place in this square every Saturday, selling fresh fruits and veggies, cheese, olives, household goods, flowers… Greve is also the home of one of Italy's oldest and most renowned butcher shops, the Macelleria Falorni.