The Chianti region
The Chianti region is in central Tuscany near Florence, Arezzo and Siena. It borders the Valdarno valley and the Chiana valley to the East, Florence to the North. Siena is to the south. It's an area which doesn't have a well defined border to make reference.
The Chianti is famous all over the world thanks to its rolling hills and quiet woodlands with vineyards and olive groves, a country of beautiful natural environment, rich in Art and gastronomy. It's a renowned area which produces a very good olive oil and excellent DOC ("Controlled designation of origin") and DOCG ("Controlled designation of origin guaranteed")
It's a peaceful countryside which represents tuscan historical heart, where you can easily see some scattered farmhouses surrounded by cypresses on the hills. Cypresses are typical tuscan trees. Whenever you drive through the Chianti region, you can stop and enjoy breathtaking panorama: painters and photographers have been loved the region eversince.
The best way to relax in the Chianti region is sipping some Chianti red wine at wineries and agriturismo, eating delicious local specialties at restaurants or driving following roadsigns "Castelli del Chianti" (Chianti Castles), and its five itineraries. The region is famous for its ancient fortresses and castles, dating back to the Middle Ages. They are worth visiting and most of them have been restored into agriturismo or wineries.
The Chianti region includes the province of Siena, Florence and Arezzo. Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti used to be the most important towns of the ancient Chianti league, along with Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi. They are in the province of Siena.
Greve in Chianti, Impruneta, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa are in the province of Florence. Erboli Residence is in Cavriglia, in the province of Arezzo.