Dit’Unto in Villa a Sesta.  Next Sunday, 11th of October, don’t miss the event “Dit’Unto” in Villa a Sesta near Castelnuovo Berardenga and not far from Siena! It’s a festival where you must eat…but with hands! The expression “Dit’Unto” is abbreviation for Dita Unte in italian that means dirty fingers with oil, sauces or somenthing else which is soil.

Dit’Unto- Villa a Sesta

This is a festival dedicated to street food, very popular in this period. There will be 43 stands that will present typical tuscan dishes and products. The festival will take place in Villa a Sesta from 11 a.m till 22.00 p.m You can taste good food and admire the real poor tuscan cuisine and every kind of tuscan street food like lampredotto and all the typical Siena desserts.

Villa a Sesta


Among the most important guests we must remember Valeria Piccini from Caino Restaurant in Montemerano, Enzo Parri, chef and owner of Enzo restaurant in Siena, Gaetano Trovato, chef of Arnolfo restaurant in Colle Val d’Elsa and Mauro Uliassi, chef of the Uliassi restaurant in Senigallia. Everything will be organized, as usual, by Circolo di Villa a Sesta.

Are you ready to mess your fingers up? :)

Ilaria Simi

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Autumn of festivals.Octber is officially arrived at Borgo Grondaie. During this period of the year is possible to find a lot of festivals, all dedicated to tuscan tradition.


Last Sunday of October in Montalcino you can assist at the so-called “Sagra del Tordo”. This is the most expected event of the year. The festival is preceded by the opening of the hunting which is held the second Sunday of August.
In particular the districts challenge twice a year and they are: Borghetto, Pianello, Travaglio and Ruga. The challenge is an archery competion.
This festival has medieval origins. In October a lots of birds, especially thrushes, migrate from north to south. During the Middle Ages, after the hunting lots of festivals and banquets were organized.

Sagra del Tordo- Historacal Parade

Sagra del Tordo

The actual reenactment is characterized by an historical parade which pass through the city centre of Montalcino, the fortess and the public palace. From the tower the crier declare the opening of Tordo Festival and some thrushed are realesed. During the afternoon the archery completion takes place. Here you find 2 archers for each districts picked by lottery. At the end the competition is won by the archers who get the highest score. The winner district can receive the award, a silver arrow.

Archery competition

Another event which is very interesting concern the area around Crete Senesi that you can pass and visit by the so-called Treno natura, a steam locomotive that starts from Siena and arrive in Asciano. There you can visit the Autumn Market and some museums. For further information contact Agenzia Viaggi Visione del mondo info@visionedelmondo.com/ tel. 0577 281834 oppure Ferrovia Val d’Orcia treninvaldorcia@ferrovieturistiche.it tel. 0577 207413 / 338 8992577.

Nature Train- Il Treno Natura

And during this period don’t forget the Polenta Festival in Sovicille on Octber 25th. You can have lunch start at 12.30 for 15 Euro per person or dinner from 18.00.

Polenta Festival- Sagra della Polenta

Which is your favorite autumn festival???

Ilaria Simi

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Lucca Comics&Games 2015. There is an event you can’t miss! We are talking about Lucca Comics&Games that will take place in Lucca from 29th of October till 1st of November. This is a fair for all comics lovers, but not only! Everybody can partecipate to this event which is considered the most important of this field, the first one in Europe and second in the world after the Comiket in Tokyo. Everything happens in Lucca, a beautiful city 135 km far from Siena that you can reach in two hours by car.

Lucca Comics and Games 2015

At Lucca Comics you can find the most important operators in the sector, lots of stores and associations. During this fair it’s also possible to assist concerts, projections, meetings and various shows.The two main important areas are Comics Area and Games Area. The first one is the most important olf the entire fair and here you can find everything linked to comics and international animation. Every year several publishing companies want to partecipate, as well as a lot of stores, divided in stands.

Lucca Comics

In particular Comics area is divided in a lot of zones: Napoleone square, Giglio square, San Giovanni square, San Martino square and Garibaldi street. In Collegio square you can find The Japan Palace and in 2013 another section has been introduced: the Comic Artist Area. You can find also an area which is dedicated completely at live performaces. There are a lot of musical groups and singers as Cristina D’Avena, Giorgio Vanni, Enzo Draghi and Superbots.

Cristina D’Avena at Lucca Comics

From 2007 it is also possible to visit a new area which is dedicated at Japan world: we are talking about “Japan Town”. Another one founded in 2011 is Lucca Movie, Comics and Games linked to cinema.

Lucca Comics&Games

Lucca Comics is also known thanks to its guests. According the tradition in every edition there are three honored guests. They could be writers, editors, artists and so on. All the activities during the days of the fair concern exhibitions, meetings, interviews and seminars.
For any further information we suggest you to visit the official website of Lucca Comics and Games: http://www.luccacomicsandgames.com/

We hope you enjoy it!

Ilaria Simi

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Chianti Ecomarathon 2015. Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a really interessant event which can join the passionates of nature, sport, good Tuscan food and running. We are talking about the Chianti Ecomarathon which will take place next 17th and 18th October. All the runners who will participate to this initiative, the will have the occasion of cross over and run through the beautiful tuscan nature in one of the better known area of this region: Chianti.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

In particular, the availables trails for the Chianti Ecomarathon are six in total and they are divided into: Ecomarathon of 42 km, Chianti Classic Trail of 21 km, Luca Trail of 14 km, the Ecopromenade of 10 km, the Wineries walk of 8 km and the Nordic Walking of 11 km.

How about the Ecomarathon of 42 km, it is important to notice that there are not so many climbs but it is rather a run throght the Siennese hills. The highest point is about 627 meters and the lowest is of 206. Her you find most white streets next to the vineyards. The arrival is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

The Classic Chianti Trail of 21 km is the new of this year. The trail was extended of 3 km through which it will be possible to admire a unique landscape of Siena, Val d’Orcia and the Chianti area.

The Luca Trail of 14 km was confirmed also this year and this one was extended of 3 km. The departure is from san Gusmè on Sunday, 18th at 9.30. This is a rather simple trail.

Moreover on Sunday 18th October you can partecupate to teh 9th Edition of Eco-Promenade of 10 km. The departure is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga. It is adressed to all people who love have a walk through the vineyards, cypresses and olive trees.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

Another initiative is the Wineries Walk; it seems to be created for food and wine lovers! The appointment is for Saturday 17th of October in Castelnuovo Berardenga where you can participate at this tour of 8 km in order to discover the most important agricultural holdings of Chianti. You can also taste wine and some traditional Tuscan dishes and food. At the end of the tour, in the centre of the village there will be a market rich in typical products.

The last choice is the famous Nordic Walking with his trail of 11 km.

And you, which kind of trail do you prefer?


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Luca Festival in San Gusmè. From the next weekend will take place the so-called “Luca Festival” in San Gusmè, also known as one of the Chianti pearls. The Festival opens the 3rd of September till 13th. In particular this edition 2015 will be devoted to San Gusmè history, from the Middle Ages till the Renaissance. The origin of the festival is in 1972, when Silvio Gigli rediscovered Luca Cava legend.

Luca Festival in San Gusmè

Legend has it, in 1888 a farmer of the area, Giovanni Bonechi, put a stone statue in his land in order to tempting people doing there their business. The aim was to maintain the territory and the village as clean as possible in an historical period when there were not toilet facilities.
The statue represents a man who was doing his business and was covering his privates with a hat.

Luca Cava statue

In the 1940s, some inhabitants of San Gusmè, tired of being laughed at because of the statue, removed it and threw it in a lake.
After 10 years, Silvano Gigli, director and filmmaker born in Castelnuovo Berardenga, decided to hold a referendum in order to decide about the creation of a new statue of Luca Cava.
One time received the consent, the new statue has been drawn under a picture of Emilio Giannelli and created by Marcello Neri. The message of this statue is the following: “king, imperator, pope, philosopher, poet, farmer and worker: the man in his daily functions”.

Luca Cava statue

In the program of this edition there will be the preview of a docu-film based on “Albicocche Rosse”, a theatrical representation of July 2014 which talk about an historical event, the Palazzaccio massacre, during the II World War in San Gusmè. During the second weekend of the Festival there will be a day dedicated to music, games and storytelling. The last day of the Festival you can assist at the traditional barrels race and at the historical promenade through the streets of San Gusmè city centre.

Luca Festival in San Gusmè

Enjoy and have good time with Luca Festival!!!

Ilaria Simi

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The Bravìo in Montepulciano. The last Sunday in August, in Montepulciano will take place the so-called barrel race, the Bravìo, a challenge among the eight districts also known as Contrade of the city. Once this challenge was competed with horses and but today with barrels. These ones, which weigh is 80 kg, are pushed and rolled by two athletes called “pushers” along a path of about 1600 meters through the streets of the old town until the arrival at the Duomo of Montepulciano in Piazza Grande.

The Bravìo

The race is preceded by an historical parade with the participation of over 200 figures that offer a unique spectacle with flag bearers and drummers.
In particular the word Bravìo comes from vulgar Bravium and stands for the prize awarded by the winner and which consists of a painted banner. Every year there is a different theme but you can always find painted the the image of the patron of Montepulciano San Giovanni Decollato. The history of the districts of Montepulciano dates back to 1373 years when the reform of the municipality charter devotes Chapter 30 at the Palio creation, in honor of Montepulciano patron. The Bravìo was disputed with horses until the 17th century before being canceled because of public policy.

Bravìo parade

The districts are described in the Statute of the City in 1337 and are: GRACCIANO, POGGIOLO, VOLTAIA, CAGNANO, LE COSTE, COLLAZZI, TALOSA and SAN DONATO and which are divided into third or terzieri:
Santa Maria: white, pink mystic emblem, composed by the districts of Cagnano, Collazzi San Donato.
St. Francis: green, a thistle emblem, composed by the districts Talosa, Le Coste and Voltaia.
St. Augustine: red crest pastoral miter, made up of the districts of Gracciano and Poggiolo.
GRACCIANO: green and black colors, crest lion dominant leader in gold.
POGGIOLO: white and blue emblem three knolls.
VOLTAIA: red and black coat of arms, stylized time on shield hooked.
CAGNANO: green and blue colors, emblem lactating bitch.
COLLAZZI: green and yellow colors, emblem orca marine ride.
THE COAST: yellow and blue emblem six bands oblique
TALOSA: yellow and red emblem three roses
SAN DONATO: red and white emblem Episcopal insignia

Montepulciano Contradas

The recent history of Bravìo instead begins in 1974 when a priest, Don Marcello del Balio, had the original idea to transform the ancient horse race with the barrel race. The idea was particularly popular also thanks to the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
And on the last Sunday of August the Bravìo takes place. In the morning at 10:00 am the first ceremonies are held in Piazza Grande with the extraction of the starting order of the barrels. In the afternoon at 15.00 starts the parade through the streets of Montepulciano. Finally at 19.00 the barrels begin to roll on the stone leaving from Marzocco’s column.

The Bravìo

The Palio

During all the week before the Sunday of the challenge, there are various appointments and events, and every night the lands remain open ready to welcome the people of Montepulciano and not only, with typical dishes, wine, and music festival.

And so.. next Sunday see you all in Montepulciano!!!

Ilaria Simi

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The protagonists of the Palio: horses and jockeys. Hello everyone from Borgo Grondaie!
The 16th of August is already gone but Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a very important event which represents the full medieval tradition: the Palio of Siena.
Last Monday the 17th the Palio has taken place in Siena. It has been postponed because of the rainy weather. As usual, the 10 contrade have challenged in the main square of Siena, Piazza del Campo, in order to win the famous and the so-called Drappellone, that is the the important painting created for this event which is the award for the competion. It’s also called Cencio by Siena people. The artist who has created the Drappellone for this Palio is a woman and her name is Elisabetta Rogai.

The Palio

The contrade that have taken part the competition are: Shell, Wave, Tower, Tortoise, Goose, She-Wolf, Porcupine. Moreover there have been 3 contrade which have been chosen by lot last 5th of July and they are: Ram, Snail and Forest.
The winner has been the Forest!!!

It’s important to remember that the Palio of Siena is not an event organized with a touristic aim but, on the contrary, it represents a fundamental aspect of Siena tradition. It has very ancient origins that date back to 1644 with the first Palio with horses, just like today. The Palio has always been going on, without interruption, with the exception of the period between the two world wars in the twentieth century.
Each district is like a small city-state, ruled by a Prior. There is also a captain assisted by two or three contradaioli (contrada supporters) called “Mangini”.

Within the territory of each district there is a church, a headquarter and a museum, in which all the memorabilia, the hangings of the Palios won, costumes, flags, documents, archives and all that concerns the life Contrada are stored.
The preparation begins officially on 13th of August, or four days before the race.
The protagonists of this event are of course the horses and jockeys. And it is why we decided to provide some more detailed information about the winners horses and jockeys since 2000.

In particular, the horses that have made the Palio history and who have raced and won were:
Berio, that has won the Palio for 4 times in August 2002, 2003, 2005 and July 2005;


Fedora Saura, winner of 3 Palios, in July 2007, July 2010 and August 2011;

Fedora Saura

Già del Menhir, that has won 2 Palios in July 2008 and July 2009;

Già del Menhir

Istriceddu, winner in August 2009 and 2010;


Morosita Prima, winner in August 2013 and July 2015;

Morosita Prima

Ugo Sanchez, winner in July 2001 and 2002;

Ugo Sanchez

Zodiach, winner in August 2001 and July 2003;


There are also some horses winners of one Palio and they are:
Alesandra, winner in August 2004;
Brento, winner in August 2007;
Caro Amico, winner in August 2006;
Choci, winner in July 2006;
Donosu Tou, winner in July 2004
Elisir di Logudoro, winner in July 2008
Gangelies, winner in July 2000
Guess, winner in July 2013
Ivanov, winner in July 2012
Lo Specialista, winner in August 2012
Mississippi, winner in July 2011
Occolè, winner in August 2014
Oppio, winner in July 2014
Urban II, winner in September 2000
Venus VIII, winner in August 2000

How about jockeys we must remember:

Luigi Bruschelli known as Trecciolino, winner of 10 Palios


Andrea Mari, known as Brio, winner of 5 Palios


Giovanni Atzeni known as Tittia, winner of 4 Palios


Luca Minisini known as , winner of 3 Palios

Alberto Ricceri known as Salasso, winner of di 3 Palios


Giuseppe Zedde known as Gingillo, winner of 2 Palios


Jonathan Bartoletti known as Scompiglio, winner of 2 Palios


Giuseppe Pes known as il Pesse, Antonio Villella known as Sgaibarre and Silvano Mulas known as Voglia, winners of 1 Palio.

Il Pesse


Il Voglia

And you, what is your favourite contrada????


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The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. From July 24th until 30th of September, Siena offers you a unique show: we are talking about the so-called Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. It is a cultural experience concerning the cathedral and the city of Siena. In particular, the project has been organized by the Municipality of Siena and the Metropolitan Opera in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civitache.

The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena


Spectators can assist at a videomapping on 3D projected directly on the cathedral. Everything will be accompanied by lots of technology that will allow you to project on 800 square meters of surface images of huge dimensions. The show is divided into five acts and has the purpose to tell about the Siena history, the cathedral and also to tell the story of the city, its places and its people. The story will talk about the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the tragedy of the Black Death that struck the city of Siena in 1348.

Siena Cathedral


Siena Cathedral



The show will take place every day of the week in Piazza Duomo in Siena, from July to September, with two projections in the evening, after sunset, every day from 24 July to 30 September 2015, except for the period from 13 to 16 August. You can attend two performances daily of half-hour at 21.15 and 22.15.
The ticket price is 13,00 Euro, 8.00 for children 7 to 11 years, for students up to 26 years with a valid student card, journalists and publicists. It is free for children under 6, the disabled, tourist guides and interpreters in the province of Siena.
You can buy them at a fixed price of 35.00 Euro for families composed by two parents and up to 4 children.
With 22.00 Euro you can takethe combined ticket with the OPA SI PASS. Tickets can be bought directly from ls Ticket in Piazza Duomo and in stores Ticketone or online on ladivinabellezza.com, operaduomo.siena and ticketone.it.

Have good time and enjoy with the Divine Beauty made in Siena!!!

The Duomo of Siena never stop to surprise! The Duomo of Siena represents one of the most important examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. According to tradition, the current one replaces the first church dedicated to Mary, built around the ninth century on the site where there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. We know that the building was consecrated in 1179 in the presence of Pope Alexander III Bandinelli of Siena.

Siena Cathedral

One of the major attractions that you can see inside the Duomo are the beautiful floors. Just this year, on the occasion of Expo Milan 2015, the Opera della Metropolitana of Siena presents the floors totally uncovered from 1st to 31 of July. It is an extraordinary opening, without precedent, in addition to the usual opening on 18th August, after the Palio of the Assumption, until 27 October.

Cathedral floors

Generally the precious marble floor is protected from trampling of tourists and faithful, but every year it is “discovered” in order to be admired by visitors that come to Siena. This is the floor “the most beautiful, big and magnificent” that had never been done, according to the famous definition of Vasari.

Cathedral floors

It is the result of a complex iconographic program made through the centuries, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. The technique used is that of the graffiti and made with marble from the local area such as brocade yellow, gray marble and the green one coming from Montagnola Crevole. The visit of the floor can be carried out with the audiovideoguide, media tablets that allow listening to the text-guide. In addition to the floor you can also visit the Opera Museum where you can find the Hall of Statues and lots of mosaics containing the symbols of the allied cities of Siena. In the Hall of Sketch realized on carton, (the entrance is near to the the entrance to “Maestà” by Duccio Buoninsegna), you can see the famous map of the floor of the cathedral drawn by Giovanni Paciarelli in 1884. From here you can also access to the Crypt, under the floor and Baptistry.

At the same time, for those who want to see the floor from above with a guided tour, you can book the itinerary Opa Pass Plus. In this way you can have the chance to access the museum and visit the famous and so-called “Gate of sky ” (Porta del Cielo).

“The gate of Sky”

After long renovations, starting from 1st March of the last year and until 31 October 2015, it is possible to admire the “heaven” of the Duomo, a series of rooms never open to the public. The magnificent facade of the cathedral is flanked by two massive towers that lead to the “heaven” of the Duomo. It is possible to walk on the sacred temple and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views in and out of the cathedral. Looking out the left aisle you can admire spectacular views of San Domenico Church, the Fortress, the whole dome of San Giovanni Battista chapel and the surrounding landscape up to the Montagnola Senese.

In addition to this there is also a new initiative, the so-called “Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”. It will take place in Piazza Jacopo della Quercia in Siena from July 24th to September 30th 2015. For this occasion the Municipality of Siena and the Opera Metro Siena, in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civita, have decided to organize this initiative in order to promote the Duomo of Siena complex. You will be able to watch a video mapping which will tell the story of the city and of the Duomo of Siena. It is a visual experience in five acts that will tell the history of a unique place in the world. It is a worldwide trend: to bring to life the historical monuments and talk about their identities. A mix of visual poetry and narrative thought for a Italian and foreign public. The event will take place every day of the week, in multiple languages, from July to September, with two projections for the evening, after sunset.

“Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”

Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 4,00
from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28 free entrance for Cathedral and € 2,00 for Library

Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 7,00
Museum and Panorama € 7,00
Crypt € 6,00 (€ 8,00 in the case of extraordinary events)
Baptistery € 4,00

Opa Si Pass all inclusive (not including the tour Gate of Heaven)
€ 12,00 from 03/01 to 10/31,
€ 8.00 from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28,
€ 10,00 from 12/26 to 01/06.

Gate of Heaven, visit to the roof of the Duomo, Cathedral and Piccolomini’s Library
(Segue gli stessi orari di apertura al pubblico della Cattedrale)

Gate of Heaven € 15,00

Opa si Pass + Gate of Heaven
€ 20,00 01/03 – 31/10,
€ 15,00 26/12 – 01/06

Booking € 1,00 for person


Museum for schools € 3,00 – € 6,00 groups of 15 pax
Baptistery for schools € 1,50 – € 2,50 groups of 15 pax
Crypt for schools € 3,00 – € 5,00 groups of 15 pax
Cathedral € 2,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) € 5,00 schools and groups of 15 pax; € 4,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
Cathedral, Library, Museum, Panorama, Crypt, Baptistery
1 march – 2 november 10:30 – 19:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 18:00
3 november – 28 february 10:30 – 17:30 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
26 december – 6 january 10:30 – 18:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
Uncovering Floor Period Cathedral Festive 9:30 – 18.00
Cathedral Sunday opening only for the month of March: 13:30 – 17:30.

From 1 to 31 July, the Cathedral on holidays close at 19.00.

Last admission half an hour before the closing time of the Museum.


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Chianti Festival. Borgo Grondaie has decided today  to speak about an event that will be appreciated by music, dance and theater lovers. It’s Chianti Festival that will take place in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti with 6 great events. The famous Chianti area needs no introduction. Official spokesman of its name is in fact the wine, one of the most famous in Italy and abroad. An unmissable event that is good for both, your eyes your ears!

Chianti Festival

On Monday July 6th there will be the show with the participation of Peppe Servillo as voice, Javier Girotto who plays sax and Natalio Mangalavite who palys the piano. It will be held in Gaiole in Chianti in Piazza Ricasoli. They are all  three unique and versatile artists coming from different cultures and styles; they will mix jazz and tango to create a unique spectacle.

On Wednesday, July 8th , it will be the turn instead of the dance show “Circhio Lume”, a project directed by Federica Tardito and Aldo Rendina and with Bach, Mozart, Satie and Madonna music.

On Friday, July 10th you can watch the “Naked Music” show with the duo Magoni-Spinetti in Castelnuovo Berardenga at the park of Villa Chigi Saracini.

On Monday, July 13th “Raiz & Fausto Mesolella” show is  recommended to rock, soul, blues and reggae music lovers. It will take place in Castellina in Chianti.

Finally, the last event will be held on Wednesday July 15th  in Gaiole in Chianti. You  will be able to hear “Orchestra of Tuscany, brass quintet and percussion ORT. They will play the most beautiful films soundtraks. You can listen to music by Morricone, Williams, Zimmer and others.

In Castelnuovo Berardenga you will find  theater animations for babies and youngs. The first event  will take place on Wednesday, July 1st  at 18:00 in Villa a Sesta and the second one on Tuesday, July 7th in Vagliagli. Free entrance.

For all the other performances tickets cost 10.00 Euros / 8.00 Euro reduced.  Discounts for children under 14 and for over 65.

For further information you can contact the Tourist Office of Castelnuovo Berardenga tel. 0577.351345 or the Tuscany Foundation Entertainment tel. 055. 219851

Taking advantage of the Chianti Festival you  can visit this beautiful area of ​​Tuscany characterized by a succession of vineyards, olive groves, fortified villages, castles and picturesque villages that dominate the landscape. If you have even one day available we recommend a specific route in order to enjoy this area of ​​Tuscany.


Florence is linked to Chianti by the SS222, also called Chiantigiana Road. Starting from Florence you arrive in Greve in Chianti, which can be considered to be the gateway of Chianti. The Etruscans inhabited this fertile land that gave birth to the navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, celebrated with the big statue of him in Piazza Matteotti, also called the “Mercantale”.

Don’t miss Santa Croce Church, where you can find lots of artistic works by some artists like Andrea della Robbia. For wine lovers we recommended a visit the Wine Museum, which offers more than 100 different types of wine and where you can enjoy a fantastic tasting!

The next step is the village of Panzano in Chianti. It has been become famous in recent years for the Antica Macelleria Cecchini, where people cut the beefsteak singing the Divine Comedy.

Just outside the village you find the charming San Leolino Church of the 12th century. Then continuing along the Chiantigiana you get to Castellina in Chianti.  With its etruscan origin, it played an important role in the struggles between Siena and Florence. The big fortress and walls are symbols of its important past. Do not miss the walk in Via delle Volte which offers a breathtaking view and the Archaeological Museum of Chianti Senese. Right here in 1924t the Chianti Classico Consorzio has been founded and since 1984 the mark DOC and DOCG Guaranteed has been obtained.

Chianti wine

A tip: don’t leave Castellina without tasting the ” bread with grapes” that you can find from late September to October, a real delight!

Unlike Castellina, Radda in Chianti has a landscape more defined but no less fascinating. Ancient capital of the League of Chianti, Radda still manifests its importance. Taking the Chiantigiana you arrive after  in Gaiole in Chianti, a modern village where in the centre you can find San Bartolomeo Church. You can also visit the Romanesque church of Spaltenna and the San Lorenzo Abbey in Coltibuono. All around the landscape is rich in villages and castles like Brolio, Meleto and Castagnoli.

Brolio Castle

Obviously these are just some advices from Borgo Grondaie if you want to spend a beautiful day in Chianti. But along the way and with a good map, you will find lots of villages that you can visit or photograph!

Have a good visit!!!!


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