Chianti is one of the most beautiful areas in the region of Tuscany, Italy. It is appreciated by visitors from across the world for its breathtaking landscapes and red wine production. Although the borders of the region are not clearly defined, it is assumed it covers the area between Florence and Siena. The views here are truly spectacular, they include green, gentle hills covered with vast fields of vineyards, local villages and countryside homes built entirely out of stone. Radda and Gaiole are just a few places worth visiting in this great area of Italy.
Radda is a stunning medieval town enclosed in old defensive walls located between the valleys of Arbia and Pesa. It features lots of narrow streets leading you to the main square, where you’ll find the Church of San Niccolo from the 15th century. Palazzo del Podesta was the home of the Florentine governor and is one of the town’s main attractions. It has a facade decorated with several coats of arms.
Also worth visiting is the Grand Duke’s Ice House form the 19th century, which was built to preserve snow and turn it into ice. In the Franciscan Convent of Santa Maria in Prato you will find the Museum of Sacred Art of Chianti, which displays collections of local art, including a picture by Neri di Bicci from 1474.
Radda in Chianti is a popular destination among tourists visiting Italy. It offers plenty of great restaurants and wine shops. Villa Belpoggio is a great place to spend the night in if you’re still looking for accommodation.
Gaiole is located along the river Massellone within the Chianti Classico region. The main attraction here is the wineries and their picturesque surroundings. Unlike the town of Radda, it never had defensive walls built to protect it. Its centre was destroyed and rebuilt many times. It still features plenty of castles and churches that are worth visiting. Among them are the Parish Church of Spaltenna with a priceless 15th century crucifix and the Abbey of Coltibuono, a former monastery, which now plays the role of a wine estate.
Castello di Brolio is a spectacular 12th century castle, which has been the home to the noble Ricasoli family who has produced wine ever since. Their descendants live here to this very day. It is worth checking out the gardens with amazing views of Chianti and the city of Siena.
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