The Chianti area of Tuscany is one of the most known and appreciated by visitors from around the world, and is the part of Italy's best-known World
Chianti is an area located south of the Apennines and between latitudes that comprise Florence and Siena.
In some cases we use the split in Chianti "Florence" and "Siena", but this is done mainly in reference to wine production.
The area begins in the north, in the area of Mugello to Pontassieve and Rufina, it continues along the hills of Chianti until you arrive at the gates of Siena touching certain areas of the province of Arezzo.
the Chianti offers to those who visit a succession of unique landscapes, characterized by rolling green hills, vast expanses of vineyards and olive groves, small villages, churches and characteristic farmhouses.
The Chianti landscapes are so beautiful and special to be photographed and often reproduced in postcards and calendars distributed worldwide.
Over time it has earned the name of Chiantishire by the Anglo-Saxons who have moved into this area that the 'associated to their area more beautiful than the Yorkshire.
The name Chianti is uncertain: according to some versions could come from the Latin clangor (noise) remember the sound of the hunting carried out in the forests of which the zone was rich, according to other versions, the name derives from the Etruscan Cleanthes, name of Etruscan families spread in the area, or always from the Etruscan Clante (water) of which the area was, and is, rich, promoting the growth of the grapes.
The "Chianti" is a land of ancient wine traditions of which there are Etruscan and Roman.
the first documents in which the name Chianti identifies the area of wine production dating back to the thirteenth and refer to the Chianti League founded in Florence for municipalities Radda, Gaiole and Castellina producing a red wine made from Sangiovese.
The emblem was the famous Gallo Nero, who later became the emblem known all over the world to this day probably the emblem most famous and recognized in the field of wine.Until 1700 the wines of the Chianti area was produced using only grapes Sangiovese perfect in this climate, then Baron RICASOLI disclose the composition which he considered perfect for a pleasant red wine, bubbly and ready to drink and who would later become the basis of the official composition of the Chianti wine: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 15% Malvasia.
Most manufacturers today use only sangiovese or sangiovese with the addition of small amounts of Merlot and / or Cabernet Sauvignon.
By 1600 exports were common in England probably born here this love and marriage of the Tuscan territory and Britains people which over the years have moved in renovating the beautiful houses that are in the area.
Obviously, as in all the Tuscan territory the hills here are full of houses, a barn, farms and picturesque historical centre which characterize the landscape and make it one of the most famous and sought after in the world but the area is made unique by the many castles that were used by noble families Chiantigiane apex of their wineries.
Chianti is visited by the most important people in the world is no secret that Tony Blair is a regular visitor.
This would be enough to entice anyone to know this territory, indeed the ideal tour of Tuscany should start from his heart, just the Chianti, and then spread to the other most popular holiday destinations surrounding it, to better understand them.
The roads in Chianti is now excellent and roads fortunately not invited to the speed, but to enjoy the scenery in a succession of ups and downs.