Castellina in Chianti Travel Guide
my favourite types of grapes!
my favourite types of grapes!
Trattoria La Torre
Gino was our guide at Castle of...
The face of Castellina
Castellina in Chianti has very long history, probably dating back to the 7th century B.C. There excist donkey traks leading from the mountains down to Castellina, proving of important communication link between large Etruscan cities (Vulci, Vetulonia and Roselle) and the...
Enoteca di Castellina
The name Chianti for wine produced in this region was first mentioned in 1404 in one document of the merchant Francesco Datini from Prato. Production of wine in Chianti has very long history and the wine sort was also called "vin vermiglio". Lega del Chianti was established...
Go for ice-cream!
The gelateria at the 5-way road junction is the best for 50 miles in any direction. I know. I have tried them all. The seasonal fruit ice-creams are spectacular, so make sure you try the strawberry in May!
Castellina in Chianti is a popular tourism destination for visitors to the Chianti classico wine zone of Tuscany: www.castellina.com It has an attractive small main street and city walls. Fewer tourists visit the Etruscan tomb nearby but this should not be missed.
Via delle Volte
Via delle Volte is a medieval street in Castellina, which runs along the old city walls. Originally it was open to the sky, but these days it is an underground street. It was gradually covered-in over the years by houses and shops being built up against the wall, when the...
Tre Porte: Where the locals go...
The food was wonderful (although I had quit writing down our meals and unlike some friends of mine I never take food photos...) and Mom and I spent two hours here. I managed to spill a glass of red wine on her but she was pretty cheerful about it. We saw two families...
Gelateria l'Antica Delizia: Public Service Announcement
THE BEST GELATO WE HAD ON THE ENTIRE TRIP. And we found it by accident... we had overeaten at lunch (again!) and almost didn't stop for gelato... we are sure glad we did!As an added bonus - it was inside of ancient Etruscan ruins.
My favorite gelato was cioccolato con...
Chianti Bar: Good Coffee in Castellina
We visited Castellina in the morning and were keen to have a coffee before we continued our exploration of the surrounding areas. We stopped by the Chianti Bar - it seemed like a good option as there were a few locals in there having coffee which is always a good sign.
Scooter is the best
Tuscany has its own style, especially in the countryside. The whole province is rich in colours and flavours offering beautifull landscapes wherever we go. It has charming towns rich of culture and history but most of all it has lots of enchating villages and settlements,...
Getting to Castellina
Italy has a reputation for crazy drivers, but as we were not visiting any big cities we decided to brave driving in Italy, and I am pleased to say it all went without a hitch. Though, I must admit that driving in the teaming rain on the truck-infested autostrada wasn't my...
Products from knotted fagots: Souvenirs from Castellina
There is a small postcards shop on the main square of Castellina, right opposite to the castle. It is also a souvenir shops offering local craftworks. Most souvenirs are made of knitted fagots and looking attractive. There are baskets of different sizes, boxes and other...
dried fruits: Open air market day
I was lucky to visiting Castellina during open air market day. It was really a great experience learning from the locals that all the fruit can be dried.
I bought dried prunes, figs, apricots, hazelnuts and some other fruit never asking what it is but was delicious. Can't...
Chianti Classico: Buy some of the local wine
Castellina is located in the heart of the Chianti region of Tuscany and the town is surrounded by luscious vines which were covered in plump wine grapes when we visited.Castellina is only a small town, but it is filled with shops selling the local plonk....and as we are big...
PEP Bizzarrie: I'm a sucker for ceramics (in Castellina)
I am a color junkie - cannot get enough of it. I was immediately drawn into the store by the display outside (see photo). I ended up spending nearly 400 bucks on ceramics - dinnerware and a pitcher. I had it shipped. I can't wait to see it!
I'd go for the ceramics
flowers and greenery everywhere
Yeah, this people really do care for their place of living, everything is in order and very clean. Mix of greenery and flowers is decorating almost every doorway, while on the balconies and windows it is almost inevitable decoration. Living life in such an society must be...
This French guy have found his inspiration, creating beautifully made flowers out of melouns only. I observed him while was creating his small peaces of art, hollowing meloun with great skill and makig nicely shaped flowers. Too bad his creation can last few days only.
Etruscan Chamber Tomb
Castellina in Chianti was important communication link between the large Mediteranian Etruscan cities like Vulci, Vetulonia and Rosella, as well as the famous trading centres of the north like Spina.The impressive Etruscan Chamber Tomb of Monte Calvario has a diameter of 53...
Fonterutoli is enchanting village in the close surrounding of Castellina in Chianti. The place deriving it name from the Latin "fons Rutilus", which means clean spring. The castle of Fonterutoli is located on the border line between the cities of Siena and Firenze....
Castellina is lovely place indeed filled with beautiful stone houses. Most of this houses dating from the late medieval period and were built out of stone from the city walls. My niece fell in love with this place after seeing my pictures. She visited Castellina and stayed...
Centro informazioni is a sort of informative center for cultural events in Castellina in Chianti during a year. It also provides with the informations regarding place and its surroundings, in particularly accomodation, restaurants and historic sites. I met there very helpful...
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