Chianti...

... the place where I was born, where I grew up and

where I live. I just have a special feeling with this land: 

my roots are deeply rooted in its stones.

Etruscans in Fonterutoli + Castellina in Chianti

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Length of the walk: about 6 Km / 3,7 miles  (about 2h, 30 min) the first section in Fonterutoli. Optional walk in Castellina in Chianti in the afternoon: 5 Km / 3 miles (about 2h). Both walks can be shorter or longer.

Rating: easy to moderate. 

Options: Wine tasting Lunch in a typical Tuscan osteria / visit of the Archeological Museum in Castellina.

Highlights

  • Fonterutoli - the place where the Black Rooster legend was born. This beautiful hamlet is still inhabited by musicians and blacksmiths

  • Walk through vineyards and olive groves, learning about the sharecroppers traditions

  • Etruscans' ruins

  • The "romea" path, which connected Florence with Siena and the Francigena path

  • Spectacular cypress trees alleys

  • Castellina in Chianti, one of the three city of the medieval Chianti League... even Brunelleschi was asked to work on the project of new walls for the town!

  • Water mills along the Arbia river

The perfect walk for a first
discovery of this area  
Vagliagli and Chianti landscapes

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Highlights

  • One of the most spectacular view spot in Tuscany, Vagliagli: from here you can admire a complete landscape, from Siena to San Gimignano, the Orcia Valley and the Apennine mountains... you'll feel like to be in heaven! 

  • It's the place where I live :)

  • History of Chianti and its landscape: this was the borderland contended for centuries between Siena and Florence and it alternates large forests to manicured vineyards and olive groves, often with the traditional terraces, old paved road, castles, fortified farms and dry walls 

Details

 

Length of the walk: from a minimum of about 7 Km / 4,3 miles  (about 2h, 30 min) to about 17 Km / 10,5 miles (about 6h), depending on your fitness level and on your interests. 

Rating: easy to moderate.

Options: Wine tasting and visit of a farm / Lunch in a typical Tuscan osteria or pic-nic lunch.

"the most beautiful place on earth" dAD
The history of sharecropping in San Gusmè' +
Brolio Castle, where the Chianti wine was born

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Length of the walk:  about 6 Km / 3,7 miles  (about 2h, 30 min) the first section in San Gusmè. Optional walk around the Brolio Castle: 7 Km / 4,3 miles (about 2h). We can do both the walks shorter or longer.

Rating: easy to moderate.

Options: Wine tasting and visit of a farm Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant / visit of Brolio castle (garden, family chapel, museum) 

Highlights

  • A very panoramic walk in the very heart of the Chianti Classico wine region, walking through the vines: lands here were drown by the hard work of the many sharecroppers... you’ll have the impression to walk in a kind of huge garden! 

  • The medieval hamlet San Gusmè and its famous statue of "Luca Cava"

  • The impressive Arceno estate and its magnificent cypress tree alleys 

  • You'll learn about history, culture, nature, agriculture and local traditions 

  • Brolio Castle: that’s the place where the Chianti recipe was invented by Bettino Ricasoli, the Iron Baron. But, most of all, it's the place where Ida, my grandma, spent part of her childhood: she believed seriously on the famous legend of Bettino ghost! 

 

A deep experience in chianti - the tuscan "garden" - history and its fabulous wine
Greve in Chianti, Montefioralle + Verrazzano castle

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Highlights

  • The market village of Greve in Chianti.

  • Verrazzano castle, where in 1485 Giovanni da Verrazzano was born, the european who arrived first in New York bay... a big statue dedicated to him stands in the middle of the main square in Greve.

  • The medieval castle of Montefioralle, still today enclosed within its original medieval walls! One of its house belonged to the Vespucci family

  • St. Cresci Parish Church, one of the oldest religious buildings in Chianti

 

Details

 

Length of the walk:  the long option is about 14 Km / 8,6 miles  (about 5h). The short option is about 7 Km / 3,7 miles (about 2h, 30 min.). 

Ratingeasy to moderate.

Options: Wine tasting and visit of a farm / Pic-nic lunch or Lunch in a typical tuscan restaurant.

Noble families in Chianti: villas and castles 
The "Chianti League": Radda, Gaiole + Badia a Coltibuono

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Length of the walk:  about 12 Km / 7,4 miles  (about 4h, 30 min) from Radda to Gaiole. Optional walk from Gaiole to Badia a Coltibuono: 5 Km / 3 miles (about 2h).

Rating: easy to moderate.

Options: Wine tasting and visit of a farm Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant or pic-nic lunch / Visit of Badia a Coltibuono's garden and farm + tasting.

Highlights

  • The medieval village of Radda in Chianti...you may get lost wandering around its medieval alleys!

  • Villas and castles like Vistarenni and Vertine

  • The church power in medieval time:

  •  parish churches, country houses and farms: in a day you'll visit two of the three villages of the former “Chianti league”, the ancient consortium which has preserved the quality of the wine for centuries.

  • The market village of Gaiole: here you may perhaps relax sipping a glass of wine or enjoying an ice cream! 

  • The magnificent Coltibuono Abbey 

 

A SCENIC WALK VILLAGE TO VILLAGE IN THE VERY HEART OF CHIANTI HILLS 
Those are just few samples of tours
I can organize for you.
Write me an email explaining what your main interests are: nature, history, art,
architecture, wine, food...
I'll be glad to prepare YOUR perfect tour!  

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