A rough triangle between Florence and Siena, the Chianti region of Tuscany
is an area defined not by boundaries, but by the famous red wine produced in the area. Our Chianti vacation rentals oversee lush, golden hillsides, sprawling vineyards, picturesque olive groves, and quaint villages - sights that embody the best of Italy!
Chianti Wine and Food
A dry red wine that pairs well with a variety of foods, Chianti traditionally came in a "fiasco", a rounded bottle in a straw basket. To be called a Chianti, the wine must come from the region and be comprised mainly of Sangiovese grapes, although many of these well-known wines are blended with other grape varieties. These days, the wine rarely comes in that classic packaging and has become one of the most popular wines in the United States.
With dozens of wineries in the Chianti region, you're sure to find many excellent options for wine tasting wherever you are! Consider taking a wine tour, which will make attending multiple tastings easier and remove the need to drive between venues. Tours leave from most of the major towns in the area, such as Impruneta, Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, and Castelnuovo Berardenga. Depending on the timing of your visit, you may be able to attend one of the many wine festivals boasted by the area. These festivals often have food stalls and music, as well as wine.
Don't miss the region's delicious cuisine in deference to its wine - try a bit of both during your stay in Chianti! If you're in Greve, head to Antica Macelleria Falorni, a butcher shop that has been selling local salumi since the 18th century. In Castellina in Chianti, stop at the celebrated gelateria L’Antica Delizia for delightfully unusual flavors. Wherever you are in Chianti, make sure to sample the local pizza, pasta, and other traditional dishes.
Art and History of Chianti
As with the rest of Italy, Chianti abounds with phenomenal art, both historic and modern. The Museo del Vino in Greve
is set underground in old wine cellars and contains exhibits ranging from old winemaking methods and tools to the explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who gave the Americas their name. A crenellated tower from the Middle Ages in Castellina in Chianti houses the Archaeological Museum of Chianti Senese and boasts a collection of Etruscan artifacts. Nearby is the Chianti Sculpture Park
with glass labyrinth that will delight visitors of all ages. Many wineries offer more than just wine; the Castello di Ama, for example, features modern art and their tour encompasses wine, paintings, and pressed olive oil.
Recreational Activities in Chianti
If wine isn't your favorite, consider some of the other activities Chianti has to offer! Participants in the vintage cycling race L'Eroica
will appreciate the convenience of our Chianti vacation rentals to the event, while spectators will love being close to the excitement. Foodies will relish the opportunity to go truffle hunting. If you're successful in your search, enjoy your hard-won delicacy in a homemade meal, cooked in the comfort of your own kitchen. If you're a fashionista or if you just like goats, visiting Chianti Cashmere
is always a unique and fun experience. Everyone will love the open-air markets where you can pick up some souvenirs or gifts for friends back home, including hand-woven baskets, cutting boards made from olive wood, Italian shoes and lace, and fresh local foods.
From wine tours to museum trips to lazy bike rides through the countryside, your stay in one of our Chianti vacation rentals will be an experience that you'll never forget!
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