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Chianti [Pronounced kee-ahn-tee] is a famous red wine of Italy, which takes its name from a traditional region of Tuscany where it is produced. The first definition of a wine-area called Chianti was made in 1716. It described the area near the villages of Gaiole in Chianti (this is where we are), Castellina in Chianti and Radda in Chianti; the so-called Lega del Chianti and later Provincia del Chianti (Chianti province). In 1932 the Chianti area was completely re-drawn. The new Chianti was a very big area divided in seven sub-areas:

star Chianti Classico – our area
Chianti Rufina (Pontassieve)
Chianti Colline Pisane (Pisa)
Chianti Montalbano (Carmignano)
Chianti Colli Fiorentini (Florence)
Chianti Colli Senesi (Siena)
Chianti Colli Aretini (Arezzo)

The old Chianti area was then just a little part of the Classico area, being the original area described in 1716 about 40% of the extension of the Classico sub-area and about 10% of all Chianti. Most of the villages that in 1932 were suddenly included in the new Chianti Classico area added immediately or later in Chianti to their name. The latest was the village of Greve changing its name to Greve in Chianti in 1972.

The popularity and high exportability of this wine at the moment of introduction of the DOC, 1967, was such that many regions of central Tuscany didn't want to be excluded from the use of the name. As a result the Chianti wine-area got about 10% more territory. Wines labeled Chianti Classico come from the biggest sub-area of Chianti, that sub-area that includes the old Chianti area. The other variants, with the exception of Rufina from the north-east side of Florence and Montalbano in the south of Pistoia, originate in the respective named provinces: Siena for the Colli Senesi, Florence for the Colli Fiorentini, Arezzo for the Colli Aretini and Pisa for the Colline Pisane. In 1996 part of the Colli Fiorentini sub-area was renamed Montespertoli.

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star Gaiole in Chianti
Our hometown Gaiole in Chianti is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 40 km southeast of Florence and about 15 km northeast of Siena. Gaiole in Chianti borders the following municipalities: Bucine, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Cavriglia, Montevarchi, Radda in Chianti. Each year, generally in October, a bike race is held known as L’Eroica.

Macelleria Chini: The Chini Brothers' butcher shop in Gaiole in Chianti, carries on a family tradition that goes back to 1682. In those days their ancestors raised pigs (Cinta Senese) in a semi-wild state in the woods of Barbischio, a village located above Gaiole. In their shop the Chini Brothers sell exclusively home-produced pork products made in limited quantity. Every pig that goes to slaughter and every salami they produce is personally inspected for quality. All their pork products are aged and cured according to traditional methods which require the process to be continuously modified according to atmospheric conditions for the best results. With a small portion of their production the Chini Brothers also combine their ancient skills with the use of the most modern and scientific techniques of conserving meat.
Macelleria Chini Vincenzo, Via Roma 2, Gaiole in Chianti, Tel. +39.0577.749457

Info:
toscana & chianti news
Gaiole in Chianti | official website
Practical Informations

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star Florence
Florence (Italian: Firenze, Old Italian: Fiorenza, Latin: Florentia) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany and has a population of 364,779 (696,767).

The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.

The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

Florence is within easy reach, either by train from Montevarchi (free parking on west side of the station), or by car (paid parking e.g. at Porta Romana or underneath the central railway station Santa Maria Novella).

Info:
Timetable and tickets Trenitalia

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Siena is a medieval city in the region of Tuscany, located in the north of Italy some 70 km (43 miles) south of Florence and the capital of the province of Siena. It is probably best known for a colourful horse race, Il Palio, conducted twice each year in the summer. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. The centre of Siena is accessible only on foot. Cars (other than taxis, police, etc.) are strictly prohibited.

Siena is a city (a small city, yes, but it isn't like one of the hill towns) and the attractions away from the Piazza/Duomo area are spread out on three steep hills, so walking is a necessity. You will understand why Italians can eat so much, and not get fat, when you see old women carrying groceries up a long street with a 30-degree incline. If you are tired, check to see if you can get to your destination by walking along a ridge, rather than going in a straight line down a hill and back up.

Get there by car: Take the Chiantigiana from Florence (SS 222 - 72 km) that elegantly crosses the hills of Chianti or the highway (SS 2 superstrada Siena/Firenze - 68 km). Outside the main city walls can be found various parking areas. Siena may be the only city in Mediterranean Europe where parking is not a massive headache, though charges have increased dramatically in the past few years. Farther out there is free parking, with minibus service, from Due Ponti and Coroncina (beyond Porta Romana).

Info:
Palio di Siena

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star Local Markets

Gaiole in Chianti: every second Monday of the month (afternoon)
Radda in Chianti: every fourth Monday of the month (afternoon)
Castellina in Chianti: every Saturday morning
Greve in Chianti: every Saturday morning
Castelnuovo Berardenga: every Thursday morning
Siena: every Wednesday morning

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star Luxury Outlet Shopping

Outlets near our area...

D&G | DOLCE & GABBANA
Località San Maria Maddellena 49, Pian dell’isola Rignano Sull’Arno,
50064 Incisa Valdarno (FI), Tel. +39.055.8331300, outlet@dolcegabbana.it
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

THE MALL
27 shops and just a minute away from the D&G Outlet. Outlets at “The Mall” include Agnona, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I Pinco Pallino,
La Perla, Lora Piana, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, Todd’s, Valentino, Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent, Unoerre, Diesel
50060 Leccio Reggello (FI), Via Europa 8
Tel. +39.055.8657775, info@design-management.it
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Info: Leaflet (PDF 35 KB)

PRADA
SPACE Outlet of Prada (Prada, Miu Miu, Helmut Lang, Church shoes, Jil Sander)
52025 Montevarchi (AR), Località Levanella 68/A, Tel. (+39 055) 91901
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Valdichiana Outlet Village
Excellent brands in clothing, accessories, toys, household items, footwear, cosmetics, jewellery, lingerie, optical products,...
52045 Farniole Foiano della Chiana (AR), Via Enzo Ferrari 5
Tel. +39.0575.649926, ufficioinformazioni@valdichianaoutlet.it
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June / July / August: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday :10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Info: Valdichiana Outlet Village

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star Niki de Saint Phalle | Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (Tarot Garden)

Giardino Dei Tarocchi
Pescia Fiorentina
Capalbio, Provincia de Grossetto (58100)
Tel. +39.0564.895122, Fax +39.0564.895093, tarotg@tin.it

Opening hours:
April 1st to October 14th
2.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. daily

November to March, the first Saturday in the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the park's founder Niki de Saint Phalle has decided to grant all visitors free entry. If this saturday falls on a public holiday, the Giardino will open the following Saturday.

Info:
Giardino Dei Tarocchi | official website

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