Posts Tagged ‘Chianti castles and forts’

The Abbazia (Abbey) of Badia a Passignano in Chianti, Italy.

Abbey of Badia a Passignano

The Badia a Passignano is located on the road running from Greve in Chianti through Montefioralle towards San Donato and Sambuca, and in fact was probably built there because of the importance of this route in mediaeval times. The Abbey is extremely photogenic from almost any angle with its walls and towers emerging from the […]

Castelnuovo Berardenga – villas, gardens and other sights

The Vicolo dell' Arco in Castelnuovo Berardennga

During the days of the Republic of Sienna, the territory or district of Berardenga was the area between the headwaters of the Bozzone torrent and the  Ambra river, and between upper Chianti and the Biena river as far as Taverne d’Arbia. Today, Castelnuovo Berardenga marks the southern limit of the Chianti Classico wine zone and […]

The Chianti town of Barberino Val d’Elsa

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Although is is mentioned in a document dating from 1054, Barberino Val d’Elsa developed as a township in the first decades of the 13 C after the Florentine destruction of the city of Semifonte in 1202. After a long siege, Semifonte was razed to the ground by Florence in 1202, and the Florentines forbade its […]

The Chianti village of Gaiole in Chianti

Gaiole in Chianti - Castello di Barbischio

Gaiole in Chianti is a village located in the “Chianti castles” area on one of the roads running from central Chianti to the Val d’Arno. This area is characterised, obviously, by numerous picturesque castles, both intact and ruined, together with several beautiful pievi (parish churches) and fortified abbeys. The surrounding hills are dotted with wineries […]

The Chianti wine village of Volpaia in Tuscany

Volpaia in the Chianti area of Tuscany

Volpaia is a picturesque fortified village in the Chianti Classico wine zone. Walled hamlets and small villages are typically referred to as castelli in Tuscany, the same term being used for castles in the more traditional sense. The entire village of Volpaia is thus often correctly referred to as the Castello di Volpaia, although that […]

The walled mediaeval village of Montefioralle in Chianti, Italy

The "Castello" of Montefioralle near Greve in Chianti

The small village of Montefioralle is one of the best-preserved and most interesting mediaeval fortified villages in Chianti, indeed in the whole of Tuscany. The original name of Montefioralle was Monteficale – it claims an entire verse under that name in the Ninfale fiesolano, composed by Boccaccio in 1344-45. Montefioralle has a double circuit of […]

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