Tag: Chianti


The entrance to Monticchiello is from Porta Sant’Agata, with the two defending towers on the side, which still display the emblem of Siena. The urban structure is unusually spacious, without the usual oppressive narrow alleys, with plenty of large squares paved with stone. Every summer is on stage the “Teatro Povero” (literally: Poor Theatre) written, directed and interpreted by the… Read more →

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Montefioralle village is probably one of the most ancient in Chianti and is still today enclosed within its original walls. These were initially two circuits but houses now fill the space between the original structures. The walls were octagonal in outline, with four gates, modifications of which still exist. During the Middle Ages it was one of the largest military… Read more →

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Greve in Chianti

Greve is now regarded as an area of ancient settlement, as you can see from the ancient maps, inserted as belonging to the community of Fiesole (eg Canonica, Citrulle, Casole, Lucolena). In that period, Greve was considered a village located in the parish of San Cresci in Montefioralle (ex Monteficalli) about 1 km from the center of Greve. At the… Read more →

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Volpaia is a small fortified village in Tuscany, Italy, referred to as a “castello” in Italian – Castello di Volpaia.You think that only 45 people living in Volpaia. Its main claim to historical fame is as the home town of the della Volpaia family of clock and instrument makers. Volpaia retains a great deal of its original architecture and has… Read more →

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Castellina in Chianti

Built by the Romans for military purposes, Castellina reached its peak of importance in the mid 13th century with the nomination of the village as chief town of one of the “terzieri” (that is, administrative thirds) into which the Chianti League was divided. Today a few sections of the original defensive walls, together with some towers and a covered passage… Read more →