Radda in Chianti a medieval town of Etruscan origins – now the seat of the Consortium of Chianti Gallo Nero – is situated on a hill 530 meters above sea level between the valleys of Arbia and Pesa. The first documents that refer to Radda date back to the eleventh century AD. Since 13th century the castle was the domain of the Counts Guidi.
In the fourteenth century A.D. it was part of the territory of Florence that granted the Podestà. In 1384 was the capital of the Chianti League, the Palazzo del Podestà (15th century) still has the arms of the Podestà who succeeded to the government of Radda. Also interesting is a fresco of the Florentine school under the arches of the building.
The historic village which is in a splendid position dominating the valley below, retains part of the circle of its ancient walls and the medieval urban structure with an elongated elliptical plan. In the square in front of the walls, where the municipal gardens are located, there is the curious building of the Grand Ducal Icebox. A building where snow accumulated in winter and pressed into the structure formed blocks of ice.
In the immediate vicinity there is the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria al Prato, a seventeenth-century building with a loggia and a neo-Gothic style church. In the surroundings of Radda in Chianti there are some well-preserved medieval villages including those of Volpaia, Monterinaldi, Castelvecchi and Montemuro.
To get to Radda in Chianti from Florence-Impruneta follow the signs to Greve in Chianti, Panzano. Or take the Firenze-Siena and exit at San Donato, then continue towards Castellina in Chianti. From Siena-Nord take the SS 408 towards Castellina in Chianti.
Weekly market in Radda: 4th Monday of the month.
Piazza IV Novembre (time: 15.00-20.00).
Weekly market in La Villa: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month Piazza della Chiesa (time 8.00-13.00)
Tourist Information Office
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Piazza del Castello
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