Few territories offer such a rich and suggestive panorama: green hills, vast vineyards and olive groves, narrow hamlets within great Medieval walls. Chianti Classico is the countryside between Florence and Siena and is made up of the towns of Greve, Panzano, Gaiole, Radda e Castellina.
The lively town of Greve in Chianti, considered the entrance to Chianti, is well known for its main square which is flanked by huge pillared porches where you may enjoy the shade on hot torrid Summer days or get out of the rain during shopping trips. In Greve, you can sample and taste many typical products of the area. Around the square there are many craft shops, linerie and restaurants where you can taste local Chianti produce.
A few kms from Greve is Panzano. Since the XII century, Panzano has played an important role in the defense of the Florentine territory, the ruins of Panzano Castle can still be seen. This was the fulcrum of defense for the Florentine Republic in the war against Siena.
Gaiole in Chianti for its logistical position halfway between Chianti and Valdarno was an important town for the exchange of goods between the surrounding castles. Nowadays, many farms and wineries offer their produce and hospitality in this area.
One of the Chianti towns that has most conserved its Medieval characteristics is Radda. The old town walls still surround the town centre around many roads. The centre is dominated by the Palazzo del Podestà and the Church of San Niccolò.
Lastly, we suggest a brief visit to Castellina which used to bea n important strategic town between Florence and Siena. Testimony to its old function is the old fort, an imposing “Rocca” which dominates the main square. Strolling through the town, you’ll be able to admire the elegant palazzi buildings, once home to important Florentine and Sienese families. The Archeological Museum of Sienese Chianti gives you the opportunità to travel through the history of the area and view the Etruscan findings of Montecalvario