Chianti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkjanti]), in Italy also referred to as Monti del Chianti (“Chianti Mountains”) or Colline del Chianti (“Chianti Hills”), is a rural region of Tuscany in the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, composed mainly of hills and mountains. It is known worldwide for the wine produced in and named for the region, Chianti.
The Chianti hills are a gentle undulating chain straddling the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo and characterize this land dear to men since the dawn of time. From a historical point of view, for centuries, Chianti has included the area of the municipalities of Gaiole, Radda and Castellina, part of the old Lega del Chianti, founded in 1384 by the Florentine Republic and which had as its symbol the still-today famous rooster black. With the establishment of the wine area in 1932, the area known as Chianti was considerably expanded.
The history of this territory has always been inextricably linked to the wines produced in these areas, and not only. Chianti is therefore the ideal destination for a journey in the Tuscan food and wine tradition: the municipalities present in this area, in fact, are part of the area of production of Chianti DOCG red wine, well known throughout the world. The Sangiovese vines, at the base of the Chianti Classico, are distributed on the hills of this territory, leaving space, here and there, for towns and fortified villages whose streets give off the scents of the cellars. This wine goes perfectly with tasty products such as cold cuts – perhaps from the local Cinta Senese – and with dishes that come from local kitchens, dishes that recover food that traditionally fed the poor, now ennobled to the point of becoming delicious ingredients in the finest cuisines international: just think of dishes like ribollita, stuffed neck, chicken livers and tripe.
A perfect way to not miss even one stop in this area is to cross it along the Chiantigiana, the road that from Florence reaches Siena so loved by motorcyclists. The stops will take the form of inevitable towns like Greve in Chianti, with its curious triangular square surrounded by arcades, Castellina, with its fortress, home of the archaeological museum, and villages like Montefioralle and Panzano will appear in all their typicality. Getting lost in the alleys of these inhabited areas can prove to be a fortune, when, suddenly, you will find yourself in this submerged shop of flasks or in that historic butcher’s shop, not to mention the privilege of being able to end up in an original Wine Museum.
However, Chianti is not just wine. This is a land that has seen the passage of ancient populations – as evidenced by various Etruscan testimonies -, illustrious artists and architects, and which today sees numerous collections of sacred art and interesting works. Spectacular is the Chianti Sculpture Park, which combines the scenic beauty of this area with creations and installations by artists from all over the world.
If so many sculptors from the world have arrived here with their works, the images of these campaigns have also traveled abroad. And if you are used to seeing them covered by flaming red convertibles, you will be surprised to see a whirlwind of bicycles whizzing under the name of Eroica, an all-vintage race that has as its sole (so to speak!) Race prize to run for the enchanted landscapes of Chianti.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
– 5 nights in 4 star hotel in twin/double room
– 5 breakfast buffet
– 2 wine tasting of Chianti Classico
– Luggage transfer
– Welcome briefing in the day of departure
– Maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
– Medical and baggage insurance
– Mtb rent: (Mtb 29”; Bike consignment in Siena,specific
setting): + 135€
– Ebike rent: (Ebike mtb 29”; Bike consignment in
Siena,specific setting): + 220€
– single room: + 130,00 €
– half-breakfast: + 125,00 € (drinks not included)
– extra night in Florence: 75,00 € (per person in double
or twin room) / 105,00 € (per person in single room
What to Expect
Circular tour around Florence to explore the hills and mountains of Chianti. The tour is spread on paved
roads, trails and a whole step on the path of ‘Eroica’ through small villages perched and some of the
most beautiful and famous vineyards of Tuscany.
Minimu of participants 2
PERIOD 6 days / 5 nights
DATES every day from March to November 2020
BIKE Mountain bike
TERRAIN Mainly dirt roads alternating with paved roads
DIFFICULTY 3 of 5
Total length: 190 km
The tour starts from Florence and through 4 stages will allow you to visit the main cities, the most famous vineyards and the best attractions in the Chianti area.
Individual arrival in Florence and overnight stay in a 4-star hotel with swimming pool.
You will leave the built-up area of Florence through a beautiful path on secondary roads of a little more than 40 km hilly will take you to the village of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa where you can relax in a **** hotel with swimming pool.
With the second stage of the tour you will enter the heart of the Chianti Classico area. The route will allow you to visit the beautiful abbey of Badia a Passignano, the characteristic village of Panzano in Chianti and the small village of Volpaia. The stage ends in the town of Radda in Chianti where you can enjoy a wine tasting with a visit to a historic winery. Overnight in 3-star hotel with swimming pool 2 km from the center of Radda.
The third leg of the tour follows the wonderful Eroica cycling route. Through the villages of Gaiole in Chianti, the famous castle of Brolio (estate of the baron Ricasole and largest vineyard in the entire Chianti Classico area) and small hilltop villages you will return in the afternoon to Radda in Chianti.
The last leg of the bike tour will take you back to Florence following the famous Chiantigiana road to the village of Greve in Chianti. Then continue on the paved road to the village of Impruneta before returning to the Tuscan capital in the afternoon.
After breakfast, end of services and departure.
Starting point of the tour at the hotel in Florence.
The hotel is easily reachable by car or public transport from the Florence Santa Maria Novella station.
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