The Chianti hills extend for about 20 km through the districts of Firenze, Siena and Arezzo, in Toscana. This area is known and appreciated all over the world because of the DOC and DOCG wine production. Its territory includes many small municipalities and between these beautiful hills there are many castles.
For example, the Castle of the Abbey which is located in Poggibonsi, in Siena district. Although the first settlement is difficult to date and includes an abbey and some roman columns, the first news of the castle date back to the year one thousand. After several historical events, from some ruins a castle was rebuilt in 1886 in neo-Gothic style. Today we can admire the clock tower and a wall with towers at the top and the battlements. From the garden of the castle we can admire the view of the valley below.
In Greve in Chianti, in Firenze district there are many castles such as, the Castello di Mugnana dating back to the XIV century which overlooks the valley and the olive woods. It was completely restored and now is used for exhibitions and events, with big rooms an a beautiful garden.
Then there’s the Castello di Sezzate, dating back to the XII century and modified in the XVIII century. It is situated at the entrance of the valley to defend the territory and is made of walls to defend the various buildings divided in 2 parts, the noble residence and the inhabitants houses. The recent restorations have highlighted the walls and many other important details, such as the slots used by the archers.