Tours Around Tuscany

three examples  from each Itinerary....

Red Itinerary
Montalcino
Monte Oliveto
Pienza

Blue Itinerary
Gaiole in Chianti
Radda in Chianti
Castellina in Chianti

Green Itinerary
S.Gimignano
Volterra
S.Galgano

 

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Radda in ChiantiRadda in Chianti, to the east of the Chiantigiana route, has retained more of its ancient character than most towns and villages of the area. It is located in the hills of Chianti, the Monti del Chianti, and was once the seat of the mediaeval Lega di Chianti. This once powerful league took the black cockerel, the Gallo Nero of all bottles of Chianti, as its symbol. The significance of this dates to a border dispute between Siena and Florence, a dispute that saw the border drawn at the point where a horseman from each city would meet on the road. They were both to set out at the cock-crow, as indeed they did, except that the Florentine cockerel had been starved, and woke to greet the day considerably earlier than its Sienese counterpart. The town still retains the elliptical form it had in mediaeval times, and the streets of the miniscule town centre are centred around the square, Piazza Ferrucci. It is here you will find the Palazzo del Podesta, with frescoed decorations and numerous ancient shields and crests, and the main church, raised on a platform directly opposite the palace.