An important centre of communication between Florence
and Siena, positioned in the basin of The Arno, Chianti is an area
to be visited, not only for its wine and oil production, but also
for the unaltered rural beauty of the hills, the castles and farms
immersed in the green of this generous earth.
On leaving Florence,
we come across ancient towns and villages such as Impruneta.
As well as the production of fine wines, they produced the terracotta
that covers the dome of the Duomo of Florence.
Chianti road, we find Verrazzano with its ancient castle and
Greve, a small centre famous for wine production and its ancient
Continuing on what was once the Via Cassia dei Romani
among vineyards and oaks, we find Panzano and its well preserved
castle, and following the course of the River Arno we arrive
at Radda in Chianti seat of the Gallo Nero wine association. South
west of Radda, from the top of a gently sloping hill, Castellina
dominates an ancient holiday town chosen by the Florentines of
the Middle Ages who erected buildings that are still used as
exclusive tourist residences. On the other side of the hill are
San Gimignano with its city walls and 1000 towers, a town of extra-ordinary
beauty, and Monteriggioni, an ancient fortress built on the hill
that still preserves all of its beauty and Mediaeval history.