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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.
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