Castellina in Chianti
Castellina in Chianti is a comune of 2,800 inhabitants. Its setting is along the Chiantigiana road that connects Florence to Siena. The city's origins go back to Etruscan times. The town came under Florentine control starting in the 12th century and was an important outpost due to its strategic position between Florence and Siena.
Sites to see:
- Via della Volte -an underground tunnel used by the guards in Etruscan times. Now it is filled with with shops and restaurants. The tunnel goes around the city and looks different at varying times of day, depending on the quality of light that streams through its small windows.
- Church of San Salvatore - has an early 15th century fresco of Madonna with Child and a polychrome wooden statue of Christ from the same time period.
- The Fortress- with its tall tower offers a splendid panorama of the city and the surrounding countryside. Inside the Fortress is the headquarters of the Archeological Museum of Chianti which displays important archeological findings attesting to the ancient origins of the Chianti region.
Castellina in Chianti is a favorite of Tuscan Muse guests, photographers, artists, cooks and writers who participate in our tours of Tuscany, photography workshops, painting workshops, culinary workshops and writing workshops in Tuscany.