The historical Chianti geographical area is a roughly oval territory located between Florence and Sienna. This is what we are referring to when we use the expression "Chianti, Tuscany". This historical area also corresponds more or less the the Chianti Classico wine zone. Around this area and extending in an irregular manner into other parts of Tuscany is the non-classico Chianti wine territory.
The village of Panzano in Chianti.
Throughout the Chianti territory there is extensive physical
evidence of human occupation for the past 3,000 years at least, but most
evidently since the end of the dark ages, about 1,100 years ago.
Castles, walled villages, abbeys, fortified farmhouses and, especially,
Romanesque parish churches (pievi) provide insight into life in Chianti
up until the Renaissance. From that period on we see magnificent
Renaissance villas, many of them converted castles, up until the 19 C
when smaller but much more numerous Tuscan villas made their appearance
dotting the Chianti landscape.
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A selection of the best Chianti tourist information sites:
• Chianti map with links to information websites.
Where to stay in Chianti.
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