What are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany?
The Chianti region is one of the most popular areas in Tuscany. The name Chianti, does not refer to a precise area, but to a mountainous area located between the cities of Florence, Siena and Arezzo. Chianti is one of the must-see places in Tuscany, an inevitable visit for all tourists. It is not only a wonderful area for its beautiful natural landscape, but it is also an area rich in history and charm. But what are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Chianti is not a very extensive region, but it is very rich from a naturalist point of view, precious for its artistic history and generous for its enogastronomy. For this reason, there are many perspectives and possibilities of routes between its hills, natural landscapes, medieval towns and small towns where folk traditions are still alive and are timeless.
Poggibonsi, Castellina in Chianti and Raddi in Chianti
These are just some of the wonderful realities you can find in this area. Don’t forget the food and wine from the Chianti region, an area known all over the world as the “land of wine”, where the protagonist is Chianti Classico Gallo Nero, accompanied by other beautiful vineyards such as Brunello di Montalcino, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as an extraordinary Tuscan extra virgin olive oil. Read our Special Post How to bring wines from Italy?
The Chianti Classico is the one made between Florence and Siena and includes all the municipalities of Greve, Panzano, Gaiole, Radda and Castellina. To cross these villages, you must go through Chiantigiana, one of the most beautiful roads in Italy, which crosses Chianti from Florence to Siena. Following it is a great way to visit the area, and the most beautiful places in the region. Would you like to understand more about Italian wines? Then read our Special Post What are the types of Italian wines? Now let’s get straight to the point and see here the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany. Read our post: Chianti wine road and its best wineries.
1) What are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany? GREVE IN CHIANTI
We started from Greve in Chianti, this place is the heart of the Chianti Classic production area and is worth a visit. This lively city is famous for its peculiar square, which was the market town from medieval villages, castles and farms to the surrounding hills. Greve in Chianti is home to many interesting churches and parishes, in addition, the city is full of castles and medieval villages that served as noble residences. Greve offers the opportunity to taste and savour many typical Chianti products. Under the arcades of the square, in fact, there are many artisan shops, bars and restaurants. These include the old Falorni Butcher which only offers traditional Chianti products.
2) What are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany? PANZANO
A few kilometers from Greve is Panzano, a populous city of Chianti; since the 12th century Panzano has played an important role in the defense of the territories of Florence. The Castle of Panzano was, in fact, an important bulwark in the defense of the Republic of Florence in the wars between Florence and Siena. Also in this charming place, amidst the ancient atmospheres and medieval remains there are places to eat and drink. It is pleasant to walk through the old city and breathe the air of the old days, staying in the main square for a glass of wine. In fact, in Panzano, there are some bars and restaurants that offer wine tasting and typical local products. In addition, there is Antica Macelleria Cecchini (former butcher) famous for its excellent ‘bistecca alla fiorentina’ (a tall, thick steak), which is cut alongside the Divine Comedy. Book before go:
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3) What are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany? CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI
Continuing towards Siena, is Castellina in Chianti, with ancient origins, the city has a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age and the Etruscans. There are also many testimonies from medieval times. The favorable position of the crossing of the four zones of Chianti made this place an important strategic and military city, between Florence and Siena, of which remain its beautiful Fortress and the footbridge to Via delle Volte.
The Historic Center of Castellina
The historic center of Castellina has been completely restructured, and it is here that you can admire two interesting archaeological sites, the Tomb of Montecalvario, an important proof of the Etruscan era, which dates back to the 7th-6th century BC and La Rocca, a 14th-century tower , which is located in the main square and from where, from the top, you can admire the Chianti landscape. To see there is also the Monternano Castle and the Archaeological Museum of Chianti, inside the fortress. In the historic center, on Via Ferruccio, you will find many restaurants, boutiques, shops and historic buildings such as the Squarcialupi Palace and the Banciardi Palace. Not to be missed are the numerous wine bars, where we can taste local wines.
4) What are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany? RADDA IN CHIANTI
Leaving Chiantigiana, you arrive at another beautiful city, Radda in Chianti, which maintains its original medieval appearance and the walls still protecting the city center, which develops in a maze of concentric streets. It is a very tourist town in Siena, an important wine-growing town, full of cultural and folk events. The village has a characteristic medieval appearance, with interesting historical and religious buildings, such as the historic castle that there are only the remains of walls and towers.
The Church of St. Nicholas and the Praetorian Palace
The whole city is gathered around the Church of Saint Nicholas and the Praetorian Palace, which dates from the 15th century. Important is the ancient igloo (made of stone) that dates back to the city of the times of the Grand Duke. You can visit the neighboring farms to taste Chianti and other Tuscan delicacies and experience the typical Chianti atmosphere and its best wine.
5) What are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany? SAN GIMIGNANO
Among these beautiful places, San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage city, could not be missed and, walking through its streets, it will not be difficult to understand why. Despite being a small town, it will surprise you with its beauty and its wealth of architectural and urban wonders. Find out more in this Special Post about San Gimignano?
San Gimignano Attractions
You will be enchanted by its historic center, for example, the beautiful St. Augustine Square with its namesake and beautiful church, or, more interesting place, is the old Conservatory of St Clare, which houses the Archaeological Museum and the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. How not to see Piazza della Cisterna (Cisterna Square), wonderful, embraced by medieval towers and houses, you are in the square, with the neighboring Piazza del Duomo (“Cathedral Square”), which has always been the center of city life. You will be amazed by its tiled floors and many, many towers, a true symbol of the city. A visit to the Rocca di Montestaffoli, from the medieval period, with its wall circles, is also a must-see.
Mapa com as principais cidades do Chianti
How to get to Chianti?
Chianti is one of the most beautiful and well-known areas in Tuscany. Perched hills and villages characterize this territory that stretches between Florence and Siena, there are many places to visit and many kilometers to travel if you want to enjoy the taste of this region. Moving in such a vast area, although withdrawn, can be tricky if you decide to use public transport. On the other hand, traveling by car can be very pleasant and become an integral part of the trip (always with a very detailed map in hand).
1) How to get to Chianti? BY TRAIN
Although the rail network is well developed in Tuscany, it does not reach the main cities in Chianti. The railway stations in Chianti are actually just two, Poggibonsi and Castellina in Chianti departing and / or arriving to / from Florence or Siena. The choice between the two, of course, depends on your itinerary.
Poggibonsi can be your starting point if you decide to visit San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and other locations on the border, before moving on to the Chianti DOC or Siena. Castellina in Chianti, on the other hand, is located in the heart of Chianti and is the ideal place to start your trip.
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2) How to get to Chianti? BY CAR
The car is definitely the best way to visit Chianti, because you can be free to choose where and when to make your trip, but also to be able to enjoy the best of nature and shows in this area. Florence-Siena, the road that runs along the border between Chianti and Val d’Elsa, is the fastest connection, being a high-speed road, but be sure to savor the beauty of the landscape. The best way to get to the heart of Chianti quickly is Poggibonsi Norte.
State road 222, called Chiantigiana, which goes up and down hills, runs through all major cities in Chianti. It is certainly spectacular and very beautiful to travel, even for a few kilometers. The panorama along this road can often leave you breathless. You should be careful to go around at night or keep your speed down to avoid running over wild boar, pigs and deer. Highway 2 Cassia runs almost parallel to the highway. As it passes along the border with Chianti, it is advisable to go to Greve and then take the Chiantigiana road. Visit our section Driving in Italy!
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How to get to Tuscany?
Tuscany’s geographical position can be considered strategic from the point of view of transport and interconnections with the rest of Italy. The excellent infrastructure network allows tourists many possibilities to access Tuscany.
1) How to get to Tuscany? BY AIRPLANE
For those traveling by plane, the region has two main airports and some stopovers for charter flights. The most important airport is Pisa’s Galileo Galilei – it is the second in Central Italy after Rome in terms of passenger numbers. There is also the Amerigo Vespucci, from Florence – ideal for those who want to access the capital or the countryside of Tuscany. In addition to these, there are other smaller airports in Grosseto, Seine, Versilia and Elba Island.
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2) How to get to Tuscany? BY TRAIN
It is easy to access Tuscany throughout Italy, this sensational region is crossed by the main railway arteries in the country. High-speed trains also run, such as Eurostar, which is part of the dense network of regional and municipal trains. The Florence station is on the main national railway line, which connects Northern and Southern Italy.
3) How to get to Tuscany? BY CAR
For those who prefer to travel by car, the important A1 Milano-Napoli and A11 Firenze-Mare highways pass through Tuscany, which connect the capital to the Tyrrhenian coast.
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What are the main locations of Chianti in Tuscany? Whoever crosses Tuscany must know that beauty testifies in works of art, but it is not the highest point of beauty, which is spread in villages and countryside, in squares and alleys, reflected in the color of the stones, in the order of cultures and flavors of enogastronomy. This happens only in a spectacular area of this wonderful region, Chianti, which is located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence, Siena and Arezzo.
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