The Chianti area is known all over the world for its gorgeous landscape and for its excellent wines. Its green gentle hills are covered with vineyards, olive groves, and woodland. In the region there are many historical cellars, and a tour of the Chianti must include a visit to a castle or to a hilltop village, where you can have a delightful wine-tasting whilst enjoying charming panoramic views of the Tuscan hills. Castles are undoubtedly worth a visit. Among them, to be mentioned Briolio, Volpaia, Cacchiano, Cerreto, Meleto, Bossi... In the area there are beautiful ancient Parish Churches such as San Pietro a Bugialla, Santa Maria Novella, San Leonino, Sant’Appiano and also the Parish Church of San Marcellino.
The countyside is dotted with ancient villages standing on top of green hills, with lovely small squares where you can sit and sip a good glass of wine, soaking the atmosphere: Greve in Chianti (with its picturesque funnel-shaped square, Town Hall, and the Superior Church of Santa Croce), Castellina in Chianti (with its high Rocca and its suggestive Via delle Volte), Montevertine, Panzano, Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Vertine, a splendid fortified village which owes its importance to the Ricasoli family.