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Road between San Donato and Castellina in Chianti in November, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Chianti: the heart of Tuscany, encounter between nature and works of man

Chianti, ie the territory which for centuries produced the wine Chianti Classico, is part of the Tuscan hill land situated between Florence and Siena, expertly shaped by man and rich of art, this area is a mosaic of history, nature and art unique in the world.

This is a land of ancient traditions, civilized in ancient times, first by the Etruscans and then by the Romans.

In the Middle Ages, Florence and Siena fought fierce battles for control of this territory. During this period arose the typical villages and castles that still characterize the hilly landscape, also since then, the foundations were laid for the cultivation of grapes and olives, which gradually acquired economic importance and international fame.

The Chianti covers about 700 square km and includes the entire municipalities of Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti e Radda in Chianti, and partially the municipalities of Barberino Val d’Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. In these pages we propose two itineraries in Chianti (Chianti Fiorentino and Chianti Senese) and some aspects of the Chianti countryside in different seasons.

Chianti

Chianti

HOW TO GET TO CHIANTI

The Chianti is situated between Florence and Siena, and is easily accessible from both cities, the Motorway Florence-Siena, through it, to reach the Chianti the exits are those of San Casciano, Bargino, Tavarnelle, San Donato, Poggibonsi Nord, Poggibonsi, Colle Val d’Elsa Nord, Colle Val d’Elsa Sud, Monteriggioni.

By Car: To reach the region, coming from Florence, take the Raccordo Autostradale Florence-Siena (Florence-Impruneta exit of the A1), on this road, to reach the Chianti region between the exits to be used are: San Casciano, Bargino, Tavarnelle and San Donato.

Coming from Siena, always with the Raccordo Autostradale Florence-Siena, you can exit at Monteriggioni, Poggibonsi Nord or San Donato.

By Bus: There are numerous bus links between the towns of Chianti and the cities of Florence and Siena, the companies offering competitive services appear to be the SITA and the Train.

By Train: The nearest station is in Poggibonsi, along the line Empoli-Siena. The central station of Florence (Santa Maria Novella) is located about 40 km.

By Air: The nearest airport is in Florence-Peretola Amerigo Vespucci, which is located 50 km away. The airport of Pisa Galileo Galilei is 100 km away.

THE HILLS OF CHIANTI IN SPRING

Here is a series of images of Chianti in Spring. In spring nature awakens, the landscape turns, this is one of the best seasons for visiting the Chianti, in fact the temperatures are not too high, but ideal for relaxing walks in the countryside make to observe the blooming of wild flowers, also the days are long and the sun is high above the horizon until late. Spring, along with the late autumn is the wettest period of the year.

THE HILLS OF CHIANTI IN SUMMER

Here is a series of images of Chianti in the Summer. Summer is a hot period and dry, with temperatures that sometimes exceed 35°C. The green of spring gives way to yellow and brown, dry grass, but sometimes the summer thunderstorms bring relief from the heat prevailing, and often end with beautiful rainbows.

THE HILLS OF CHIANTI IN AUTUMN

Here is a series of images of Chianti in Autumn. During this month, the landscape is particularly charming and colorful, thanks to the colors of the vineyards and trees begin to lose their leaves.

Autumn is a good time for a holiday in the hills, in fact, during this season is possible to live directly harvesting on farms, and enjoy the wonderful colors of the Chianti hills, with temperatures still mild and pleasant especially in the month of October, while late autumn (November) is one of the wettest periods of the year.

THE HILLS OF CHIANTI IN WINTER

Here is a series of images of Chianti in Winter. Winter is the coldest period of the year, winter minimum temperatures are often below 4°C. Rarely, in Chianti, you may find the snow, usually no more than two or three snowfalls per year, most likely in February, but also in December, January and March. Winter contrary to popular belief is not the wettest period in this area of Tuscany, which is autumn, but it offers often beautiful days of clear skies, even if cold.

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