Itinerary 1
(Pontignano-Vagliagli-San giusto in Salcio-San Polo in Rosso-Ama-Radda in Chianti- Castello di Brolio)

brolio chianti castleFrom Siena in direction Pianella we go towards the Certosa di Pontignano, monastery founded in 1343 anf then enlarged throughout the ages, almost entirely destroyed during the fights between Siena and Florence. In 1784 it has been given way to camaldolesi monks of Monte Celso. In different periods were built the church and the great kiosk: in this way the Certosa di Pontignano became the greatest one in the Granducato di Toscana. In the presente age it has been purchased by Siena University and used as a boarding house and main office for meetings. Tastings are available at the Querciavalle farm (0039-0577-356842) with a 7 days notice. Then, through a white road, you arrive in Vagliagli, there is not much more left of the medioeval buldings but not far away you can admire the Aiola castle; a famous fram-house. Following the street in direction Radda in Chianti you arrive at a 'in-miniature pieve': the Romanesque one of San Giusto in Salcio (IX siecle) with a wonderful landscape of the Chianti. Not far away there is an other fortified pieve: the one of San Polo in Rosso.

Pieve di San Polo in Rosso

pieve chiantiIn 1300 it belonged to Ricasoli barons and in 1400 it was conqueste by the Aragonesi. The Romananesque church is close to a fortified complex which was afterwards enlarged with two towers. Shopping possibility by the homonym farm-house (0039-0577-746045). Coming back through the main road there is an other crossroad leading to the Castello di Ama, owned by Ricasoli barons. It was destroyed by rhe Aragonesi and rebuilt in 700 becoming a famous winery where you can taste and puchase the homonym wine (0039-0577-746031 for tastings and making agreemnets). Then, In Radda in Chianti you can have lunch with a typical Tuscan mea. In the afternoon the visit go ahead with the famous Brolio Castle, also besieged by Aragonesi and then destroyed by bombings. Successively Florence provided for its reconstruction which has been completed in 1553. After the fall of Siena the castle loose its strategic importance and was given back to the Ricasoli barons which, after 1860 with Bettino Ricasoli, transformed it in a neo-gothic villa. Of course there is the production of the Chianti Classico 'Brolio' wine, vinsanto and grappa, vino novello, ros and a very good extra-virgin olive oil (0039-0577-747104). Return in Siena: 5p.m.

Itinerary 2
(Monteliscai- San Gusmè - Castello di Brolio-Castello di Meleto-Radda in Chianti-Badia a Coltibuono- Lecchi in Chianti)

San Gusmè

brolio chiantiFrom Siena in direction Pianella we go towards Monteliscai, a small fortifiedtown, we can arrive to San Gusm, a fortified village with little streets and a 'shell-sized' square and a little church. Not far away, at the old farm 'Colle ai Lecci' (0039-0577-359084), you can taste typical products and visit the wine-cellar. Then we arrive at Brolio Castle (see above) and then at Castello di Meleto, set on a hill. Date of its foundation is unknown, but it is supposed that it was ordered by the Ricasli Family, as well. Like the Brolio Castle, being in the boundary line between Siena and Florence, has been sieged several times and destroyed by Siena and reconstructed by Florence. In 400 it was enlarged and in 700 transformed in a villa. Today it is the symbol of the homonym farm producing and selling Chianti Classico, vin santo and extra virgin olive-oil 80039-0577-733533). Then we arrive at Radda in Chianti in a quiet hill, just between the valleys of rivers Pesa and Arbia. Afterwards it become the capital of the Lega del Chianti: for this reason the Palazzo Pretorio was built. There you will taste the simple, typical Tuscan cuisine. In the afternoon you will visit the Badia a Coltibuono (which is a few meters away). Built in 1000, it is set in a panoramic area and it is composed by a vallombrosana Abbey, a farm with a wine bar, a restaurant, a osteria with typical products. Its importance grow up till it became the leader of many other abbeys in the senese area.

Castello di Meleto

In 200 it was defended by the Florentine Republic, then it was owned by Giovanni dei Medici (which became the Pope Leone X. On the right side of the Abbey there is the monastery, transofrmed in a country house, monks left it in 1810 and it became a farm. In Tenuta di Coltibuono you can visit the old cellars and the garden. You can also taste and purchaseb typical products (0039-0577-749498-749300). The last stage of our tour is an other typical village of the hills around Siena: Lecchi in Chianti where we can find the Castle of Monteluco a Lecchi.
In 1176 it was conquered by Florence, during the aragonese invasion it was strongly damaged. Between the Monteluco Castle and Lecchi we can admire also the Romananesque church of S. Martino.

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