The Strada in Chianti or Via Chiantigiana is the road that connects Florence to Siena, an itinerary between curves, wineries, vineyards and historic villages.
Let's start from south Florence and let's look for the SR222 which, with its curves, will accompany us to discover the Chianti area as far as Siena.
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After Impruneta, we start with the "land of the washerwomen" Grassina, and continue with Street e Greve in Chianti, gateway to Chianti and seat of the Wine Museum. In the past it was the seat of the market of the castle of Montefioralle, and every Saturday morning the tradition is repeated among the many gastronomic shops sheltered by the arcades. The most famous is the Antica Macelleria Falorni, present since 1729. Do not miss a visit to the Wine Museum among old photographs, documents and tools of the trade and a collection of over 180 different corkscrews.
Castellina in Chianti
With Greve in Chianti, the Via Chiantigiana opens into countless possible detours and ideas of itinerario. We continue on the SR222 and head towards the Sienese Chianti e Castellina in Chianti. Here you can visit two important archaeological sites from the Etruscan era: the Tumulus of Montecalvario and the Necropolis of Poggino.
Once in Siena, what are the main attractions to see? Piazza del Campo obviously, home to the famous Palio, located in the heart of the city, the Palazzo Pubblico, city Hall in red brick overlooking Piazza del Campo. Do not miss the ascent to the Torre del Mangia and admire the whole city of Siena from above. In Piazza del Duomo you can buy a pass to visit the interior of the cathedral, the Baptistery, the Opera del Duomo Museum from where you can enjoy another beautiful view of the city, and the crypt. And if you are not in a hurry you can also drop by National Art Gallery and Santa Maria della Scala, in front of the Cathedral, one of the first examples of "hospital" (intended as a place of hospitality) in Europe, which welcomed pilgrims who went to Rome.
Other villages and streets not to be missed
Both the Florentine and Sienese Chianti offer very interesting ideas. Among the recommended stops Radda, Gaiole in Chianti, San Casciano in Val di Pesa e Castelnuovo Berardenga. And if that's not enough, you can always stretch out on roads of the Val D'Orcia or sui dirt paths of the Eroica.
Where to sleep and eat
The road takes less than two hours, but it is worth stopping at the various tourist sites to fully enjoy the flavor of this fantastic region.