Chianti

9 February 2016
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The tour...

  • We set off from the south of Florence going towards Siena on the Chiantigiana, the old Roman road from Florence to Rome. We can stop at the Second World War Cemetery for the American dead and also in Impruneta, the town of Florentine terracotta, still made here in ovens.
  • Chianti, however, reveals itself with a visit to the castles, all of them still producing wine. Many of them belong to famous families such as the Verrazzano, the Vespucci, the Uzzano… just visiting the properties, some of them built more than a thousand years ago, lets us understand the strategic importance of these castles once fiefs, and their wine. We’ll visit some cellars and learn about the slow process of making red wine and also vin santo, the traditional wine liqueur. Obviously our trip will include the pleasure of tasting some wines and also olive oil. They don’t produce just Chianti in Chianti. They also produce wine that is I.G.T. (wines from a specific region in Italy) or Super Tuscans as the Americans call them, extra virgin olive oil and also honey and vinegar.
  • We’ll certainly stop at Passignano Abbey, surrounded by a romantic ring of cypresses, founded in 1049 and where the founder of the Vallombrosa Reformation died. The little town was the birthplace of Domenico Cresti Passignano.
  • We’ll also pass through Greve in Chianti, once an important market, still held in its little triangular piazza bordered by arcades.

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Trips to Chianti can also include visits to villages in the province of Siena, such as Castellina and Radda in Chianti.

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Trips to Chianti can also include visits to villages in the province of Siena, such as Castellina and Radda in Chianti.

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