Castellina in Chianti Travel Guide

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Castellina in Chianti Things to Do

  • Piazza del Comune

    Piazza del Comune is the main square of this little town with no more then 2,800 inhabitants. In the Middle Ages the town was called Salingolpe. In the early 15th century, due to a very important strategic position, the town became a strong fortress, of which today the Rocca remain. Rocca is magnificent and very well preserved small fortress which...

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  • 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 trading centers of Spina in the north.In the medieval times Castellina had...

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  • 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 in order to recognizing the neccessity of issuing some rules concerning the...

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  • 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!

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  • Etruscan tomb

    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.

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  • 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 wall were no longer needed for defensive purposes.It is great to take a walk...

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  • Castello

    The castle of Castellina dates back to the 15th century and was built by the order of Lorenzo il Manifico, the ruler of Firenze, who sent his famous military architect, Giuliano da Sangallo, to help reinforce of the place. Nowadays, the atrium of the castle is used for exibiting Etruscan archaeological finds. Unfortunatelly, by the time of my visit...

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  • Via delle Volte

    Via delle Volte is very impressive arched passage along the east side of the defense city walls. It is also called Pomerium, which means oficially available corridor, and in archaic times was used for sacred rites. Originally, the corridor was without a roof but afterwards it was closed with the buildings.

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  • Chiesa di San Salvatore

    The church of San Salvatore originally dates back to the 16th century, but it was rebuilt and extended in neo-romanic style after destruction in WW II. The church keep important 14th century fresco of Madonna by Bicci di Lorenzo. Worth of note is also Renaissance wooden statue of Sant' Barnaba, the former patron sainf of the city.

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Castellina in Chianti Hotels

  • Palazzo Squarcialupi

    Via Ferruccio 22, Castellina In Chianti, Tuscany, 53011, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Villa Le Barone

    Via San Leolino 19, Chianti, Panzano, Tuscany, 50020, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Locanda Le Piazze

    Locanda Le Piazze, Castellina In Chianti, Tuscany, 53032, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Castellina in Chianti Restaurants

  • 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 celebrating their children's First Holy Communion and I missed seeing a funeral...

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  • 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 peperoncino. (yes, chocolate laced with hot pepper - mostly the ground up chile)

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  • 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. All we needed was a quick coffee, so we both ordered an espresso and stood at...

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Castellina in Chianti Transportation

  • 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, situated on a top of the hills and worth of visiting. Car of bus could be...

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  • 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 idea of fun....however being able to really get off the beaten track in...

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Castellina in Chianti Shopping

  • 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 things which I dodn't know what are serving for.

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  • 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 remember the single prices but it wasn't expensive at all. Don't miss to buy...

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  • 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 fans of the wines produced in region, we took some time to browse in a...

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Castellina in Chianti Local Customs

  • 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 really enjoyable.

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  • Street artist

    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.

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Castellina in Chianti Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 metres and contains four underground burial places. There is one big death...

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  • Fonterutoli

    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. Unfortunatelly little is left of the original castle.

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  • Stone houses

    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 there for a week telling it was one of the best staying she ever had.

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  • Centro informazioni

    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 young girl who suggested what to see in Castellina and on my way to Siena.

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