Hotel Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany
The Chianti area in Tuscany is one of the most beautiful in the whole region, as well as the most well-known and appreciated by visitors from across the world. The borders of the Chianti region are not clearly defined but in general it extends over the provinces of Florence and Siena, covering all of the area between the two cities and extending to the east toward the Valdarno and to the west to the Val d’Elsa.
The Chianti wine area extends further beyond the two cities, all around Florence and even toward Arezzo, Pistoia and Montepulciano. Chianti offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone.
The Chianti landscapes are so beautiful and particular that they inspire many photographs which then become postcards and calendars distributed across the globe.
Castellina in Chianti
The origins of Castellina in Chianti go back until the 7th century B.C. A whole series of Etruscan villages and hamlets once existed along a major route following the crest that passes through Castellina and provided a link between the great cities of Vulci, Vetulonia and Roselle – and the markets of the north, particularly Spina, the most important trading harbour on the Adriatic and the gateway to the East.
The hill takes its name from a little chapel that once stood on the summit, the last station of the Way of the Cross.