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The Chianti region’s mastery of the grape has made it one of the most famous wine regions of the world. Its wine-growing countryside is simply beautiful with miles of green hills, valleys, vineyards, olive groves and ancient forests. Dotted throughout the landscape are medieval villages with old churches, castles and towers. Tour centuries-old settlements, hike or cycle through the scenic countryside and sample Chianti wines, from new varietals to old favorites.
Chianti has been producing wines for more than 2,000 years, reaching prominence as a wine region in the 13th century. Its best-known appellation is the Chianti Classico, which dates back to 1716. Enjoy tasting sessions in wine bars, restaurants and tours of the region's wineries. No matter where you are staying in Chianti, there will be a winery close to you. Guided tours of the region make traveling between wineries easy.
Spend some time in Chianti’s centuries-old villages. Tour Radda in Chianti, a medieval walled town. Visit the 15th-century fortress and Etruscan burial sites of Castellina in Chianti. At Greve in Chianti find an arcaded, triangular plaza bordered by historical buildings.
Although you can move around Chianti by train, bus and car, consider renting a bike for a cycling trip along country lanes. Combine your love of the outdoors with an appreciation of art at the Chianti Sculpture Park in Pievasciata. Among the oak trees are a number of installations by artists from all over the world.
Chianti is a region that loves to party and festivals, concerts and markets are held throughout the year. Savor the summer wine and food festivals in San Casciano, Tavarnelle and many other places. Visit Impruneta in the fall for its festival celebrating the harvest of the grape. Witness how Panzano in Chianti marks the start of spring with a procession in period costumes.
Located in the heart of Figline Valdarno, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Franciscan Monastery of St. Francis and within 6 miles (10 km) of Museum of Terranuova Tuscany and Masaccio Museum of Sacred Art. Soffena Abbey and Fashion Valley are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Greve in Chianti, this property is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wine Museum and Piazza Matteotti. Passignano Abbey and Church of Santa Maria Assunta are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Val d'Elsa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Art in Color, Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli Archeological Museum, and Colle di Val d'Elsa Cathedral. Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.
Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Castello di Radda Winery and within 6 miles (10 km) of Castello d'Albola and Casa Vinicola Luigi Cecchi. Archaeological Museum of Chianti and Church of San Sigismondo are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Val d'Elsa, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Church of San Lorenzo, Fountain of Fate and San Lucchese Convent. Magione Castle is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
Situated in Montevarchi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Accademia Valdarnese del Poggio Library and Museum of San Lorenzo. Museum of Terranuova Tuscany and Gianfranco Carla Fineschi Botanical Rose Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in a rural location, this country house is within 6 miles (10 km) of The Rock of Staggia, Monteriggioni Castle and Casa Vinicola Luigi Cecchi. Archaeological Museum of Chianti and Magione Castle are also within 9 miles (15 km).