If you are on holiday in Florence, but you have already visited the Uffizi and tasted all possible versions of lambredotto, it’s time to explore the city’s surroundings discovering Chianti.
Chianti region is a magical and evocative place that you can reach in 40 minutes by car – also by taxi or by bus – from Florence.
In this majestic territory the hilly landscape covered by vineyards blend with medieval villages and art cities of Tuscany. The winding roads that cross the Chianti countryside take you to enchanting places where time seems to have stopped and nature is still uncontaminated.
If this is not enough of a reason to immediately book your flight, Chianti regions is mainly known for Chianti wine, a food and wine treasure that has its roots back in the Middle Ages.
Chianti is a red wine from Tuscany, it is produced in Chianti region in the cities of Florence, Siena and Arezzo.
Its intense ruby red and the fruity notes of cherry, plum and spices perfectly recall the image of hilly landscapes kissed by the sun.
A Chianti glass is able to intensify the taste of the Florentine steak, the typical ribollita (traditional Tuscan soup) or the stewed wild boar.
The wine tasting at the local wine cellars is a way to dive into local culture and traditions and fall in love with the rustic and welcoming atmosphere of this region.
The Black Rooster, symbol of Chianti, represents the strength and determination of local producers who created a unique and inimitable wine, thanks to their passion and commitment.
But be careful. The designation of origin Chianti Classico DOCG is only for red wines produced in the oldest area of Chianti, between the provinces of Florence (30.400 hectares) and Siena (41.400 hectares).
Radda, Castellina and Gaiole, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Barberino Val d’Elsa, Greve in Chianti, San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Poggibonsi e Tavarnelle Val di Pesa: anywhere you decide to stay in the Chianti territory, you’ll have the chance to have an unforgettable experience. Only 40 minutes away from Amerigo Vespucci airport of Florence!
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN CHIANTI IF YOU DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL
- Horse trekking on the hills and in vineyards
- The Via Francigena from San Gimignano to Monteriggioni
- A traditional cooking class (3-4 hours)
- Truffle hunting with dogs (seasonal)
- The Via dei Presepi in Chianti from San Casciano Val di Pesa to Barberino Tavarnelle (on Christmas)