CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI
Castellina in Chianti is a village in the province of Siena, located on a hill and dominated by the Rocca di Castellina. Built in the 11th century, the Rocca preserves the main tower from which we can appreciate the amazing surrounding landscape. Today it hosts the Museum of Chianti senese.
CASTELLO DI VERTINE
The Castle of Vertine was built in the same period with a solid squared structure. It preserves the main tower and it is part of the entire defensive system that involves the walls.
Montefioralle has developed, probably from the year 1000, around the castle that keeps the the main structure. Today we can still walk through the old alleys that link the castle to the walls, still protecting the town. Just a few minutes from the village we can visit the Pieve di San Cresci.
In San Gimignano we can visit the Palazzo Comunale or Palazzo del Podestà, a 13th century building, which now houses the Civic Museum and the Pinacoteca. Among its rooms there are the Sala di Dante and the Camera del Podestà, decorated with beautiful frescoes. The symbol of the city are the Towers, in fact today there are still 16 of the 72 towers existing in the Middle Ages. The Torre del Podestà, also known as Torre Grossa, is the highest with its 54 meters.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Certaldo is Palazzo Pretorio. It was a medieval castle, today used for temporary art exhibitions. Inside there are the Sala del Cavaliere, the Sala delle Sentenze and the prisons, while outdoor in the garden has been installed a Japanese tea room.
Monteriggioni is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, completely enclosed between the walls with 14 towers. Built in 1200, today it has very few changes to its original structure. Walking around the village is a unique experience.
SAN DONATO IN POGGIO
San Donato in Poggio is a medieval village still surrounded by the medieval walls and the main doors as Porta Fiorentina and Porta Senese. Here you will find the Palazzo Malaspina, in Renaissance style, Palazzo Pretorio, and the Church of Santa Maria della Neve.
RADDA IN CHIANTI
In Radda in Chianti we find the Palazzo del Podestà, with its facade featuring 51 coat of arms. Nearby there is the church of Santa Maria in Prato, built in Romanesque style and a large arcade with three arches added in the 18th century. Alongside we find the Museum of Sacred Art of Chianti, with precious paintings and sculptures. Just a few minutes from the village we can visit the archaeological site of Poggio La Croce with important prehistoric finds.
In the village of Casole d’Elsa there are some remarkable religious buildings, such as the Church of San Niccolò, and the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, as well as the Archaeological Museum. In the surrounding area we find the Pieve dei Santi Maria e Gervasio.
The Fortezza di Poggio Imperiale is a historic building in Poggibonsi, wanted by Lorenzo the Magnificent in the 15th century. The building was never completed but includes a large fort and imposing walls surrounding the entire hill. The Fortezza hosts the archaeological museum.
In Volterra we can visit the Duomo, the Roman Theater, the Palazzo dei Priori and the Fortezza Medicea. In addition, the Acropolis, which, with Roman and Etruscan finds, attests to the ancient origin of the city.
CASTELLO DI BROLIO
The beautiful Castle of Brolio dates back to the 11th century and is perfectly preserved. Its roofs are characterized by the battlements and the walls all around have preserved the walkways of the guards, still walkable. Outside we can enjoy the beautiful Italian gardens.