NewsCHIANTI TOUR ONE OF THE TOP 5 IN ITALY - 4/9/2012
ROAD BIKE WEEKEND OF TUSCANY CHIANTI WINE / Rome-known abroad as Chiantishire, the area between Siena and Florence, is characterized by rolling hills covered by vineyards, especially in autumn, take golden tones and perfume the air with new wine. This season, in fact, is the harvest, which is celebrated in cellars and ancient villages Uncork the best bottles of wine from years past. Who is looking for a weekend getaway and food can visit this area through the Road of Chianti, as well as give pleasant views of the inland Tuscany, is able to satisfy all gourmets with many attractions themed gourmand. The itinerary, which can be covered easily in two days, also lends itself to the bike taking advantage of the extraordinary heat in recent weeks, even motorcyclists will be able to greet the summer the beautiful roads of Tuscany.
Although there are various routes, the most traditional part of the Chianti Road from Impruneta. The village, which is located a few kilometers from Florence, it is known in the region especially for the Feast of Saint Luke, a popular festival (falls on October 18), which recalls the transhumance shepherds with traditional dances, music and tasting of doc. Heading towards Siena, the road meets the panoramic Montefioralle Castle and then Greve in Chianti. The town, founded in the Middle Ages as a market near the castle, is the real capital of Chianti wine and houses an interesting museum (click here for more information) where you can discover all the secrets of this particular wine. The excellence of the village, however, is not limited to wine but also includes cold meats and crafts wrought iron and wood, which can be purchased in the beautiful market square, where outdoor fairs are held on weekends. The third stage of the Road of Chianti Radda, as well as the seat of the Consorzio del Chianti (it was founded in 1924 and is the oldest in Italy, its symbol is a black cock), the village has a beautiful medieval town which can be discovered with a walk. Not far from Radda is Gaiole that, after having been in the past an important commercial center, is today a paradise for lovers of wine and farms. Nearby, in addition, there are several fortified dwellings as the parish church of Spaltenna, which houses a precious wooden crucifix dating from 1400 or Brolio Castle, residence since the twelfth century of the Ricasoli family, which still produces excellent Chianti Classico.
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