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Farmhouse in Chianti "Podere Terreno"

If you are looking for a place to stay to be a base for your holiday in Chianti, maybe located between Florence and Siena, near the typical local restaurants, the main regional roads and the most attractive tourist sites ... then Podere Terreno via della Volpaia is the right choice for your accommodation in Chianti, with its authentic taste of Tuscany and rural farmhouse. From here you can plan your itinerary to visit the most picturesque places of interest in Chianti and central Tuscany ..... there is something for all tastes !

Castello di Volpaia

Castello di Volpaia, is situated nearby Podere Terreno alla via della Volpaia; it’s an ancient fortified village built around the tenth century. The small village is wonderfully intact, without recently built structures, thus preserving the medieval urban structure of 1100. The sandstone building has a distinctive dark colour, which makes this castle different from the other Chianti fortifications. Although it has been marked by wars between Florence and Siena, the structure is still well recognizable with its mighty main tower and one of the minor towers. Also worth to be seen is the Commandery of St. Eufrosino, fifteenth-century church now deconsecrated and home to a winehouse. Nowadays Castello di Volpaia is a small tourist village where you can taste the ancient tradition of wine. The nearby scenery, is one of the most beautiful and fascinating of the region, with its vineyards characterized by their perfect geometries and interspersed with dense woods; a territory that reminds of enology, which in Chianti is a synonymous of quality and excellence. Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Greve, Gaiole, Castelnuovo Berardenga: small and fascinating villages immersed in the hills between fields and vineyards, medieval hamlets and green areas that are lost in the vastness of an unforgettable landscape, symbol of the immense beauty of Tuscany.

Radda in Chianti

Radda in Chianti is a spectacular medieval village surrounded by mighty defensive walls, situated on top of the hill that divides the valleys of Arbia and Pesa. With very ancient origins, it appears to have been inhabited as far back as the 9th century and mentioned for the first time in an official document of 1002. Besides its typically medieval appearance characterized by narrow streets and the classical tower buildings of that period, we can appreciate the traditional Tuscan charm of the local stone facades. No wonder that in the past Radda was the capital of the Chianti region: its strategic position, in fact, served as a point of coordination between the nearby towns of Gaiole and Castellina. The breathtaking landscape, the atmosphere of a small Tuscan village, the calendar always rich of cultural events and folklore and the natural flavours of this land make Radda one of those destinations that you should definitely include in your itinerary to discover the Chianti area.

Castellina in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti is situated on the way to Siena; its origins are very ancient as evidenced by the Etruscan tombs of Monte Calvario. The convenient location at the intersection of four areas of Chianti made this city an important strategic and military administrative center between Florence and Siena. Nowadays we can still admire, as evidence of this feature, the imposing fortress overlooking the central square and the picturesque Via delle Volte walkway that runs through the village and offers views of the breathtaking panorama. Walking through the city you can also see beautiful mansions that used to belong to important families of Florence and Siena. Also worth to be seen is the Church of St. Salvatore which was rebuilt after the Second World War but which still holds within it a beautiful fresco of the late fourteenth century of a Tuscan master. Definitely worth a visit is the Archaeological Museum of the Sienese Chianti area, which recalls the early history of this area and keeps the Etruscan finds of Montecalvario. In Castellina you can obviously taste wines in one of the many wine bars of the village and enjoy the art of charcuterie meats of Chianti and their unforgettable tastes.

Gaiole in Chianti

The village of Gaiole in Chianti is not far from Radda. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages. Because of its location midway between Chianti and Valdarno, Gaiole had become an important market place among the various surrounding castles. Gaiole still plays an important role in the area, as a major tourist attraction. In fact there are many farmhouses, wineries and farms that offer their products and their hospitality. Around Gaiole there are some castles and fortified rocks that are worth visiting such as the Castle of Vertine, Meleto Castle and the Pieve di Spaltenna which today are dwellings where you can stay when visiting this area and where you can taste the products that are produced here.

Greve in Chianti

Our journey has to start from Greve in Chianti which is considered the gateway to the Chianti area. This lively town is famous for its peculiar square, which was the market town of the hamlets, castles and farms of the surrounding hills, since the Middle Ages. The square, almost triangular in shape, is bordered on three sides by wide porches, providing shelter from the rain and the sun while shopping and in the center is home to the statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the Bay of New York. In the narrow part of the square, there is the church of Santa Croce which has a medieval origin in spite of its neo-Renaissance appearance; this church houses some valuable works of sacred art including a triptych with Madonna and Saints by Bicci di Lorenzo. Greve also offers the chance to taste many typical products of Chianti. Under the arcades of the square, in fact you will find many craft shops, wine bars and restaurants. The Ancient Falorni Butcher deserves a special mention; it offers only traditional products from Chianti. A few steps far from the square you will find the Wine Museum.

Panzano in Chianti

A few kilometers far from Greve we find Panzano, a populous village in the Chainti area. From the twelfth century Panzano has played an important role in the defense of the territories of Florence. The Castle of Panzano was in fact an important bulwark of defense of the Republic of Florence during the wars between Florence and Siena. Traces of the Castle are still evident in the old town, which today is dominated by the Church of St. Mary, dated back to 1200, but completely rebuilt in 1800 in neoclassical style. It's nice to walk through the old town, breathe the air of the old days and linger in the main square for a glass of wine. In fact in Panzano there are some wine bars and restaurants that offer wine tasting and local products. The Old Butcher Cecchini is famous for its excellent Florentine Steak which is cut while decanting the Divine Comedy. Further along we find church of San Leolino, mentioned since 982. In spite of the exterior appearance characterized by the elegant Renaissance serene stone portal and a harmonious portico, the church remains a splendid example of Romanesque basilica with three naves. Inside the church some precious works of art by local masters are still kept.

Other popular places to visit

San Gimignano, km 40
Volterra, km 65
San Galgano, km 70
Montalcino, km 80
Pienza, km 90
Montepulciano, km 90
Monteriggioni, km 30
Bagno Vignoni, km 90
Casole d'Elsa, km 50
Colle Val d'Elsa, km 35
Monticchiello, km 95
Monte Oliveto Maggiore, km 65
Murlo, km 65
Castelnuovo Berardenga, km 35
Chianciano Terme, km 100
Buonconvento, km 70
Castiglione d'Orcia, km 100
Sant'Antimo, km 90

"Podere Terreno" farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany!