Top Things To Do In Chianti
Posted by Dympna (24/03/2017)
Chianti is a wonderful place to stay in Tuscany. It boasts charming villages and towns, some of the best wine in the region and Tuscany’s distinctive classic rolling hills packed with vineyards. There’s also lots of olive groves, farms and castles to explore.
This region produces famous wine, olive oil and is known for its artisan meats and cheeses. Chianti is also an ideal base, as places such as Siena and Florence are within reach. If you are planning to stay in Chianti, here’s some of the top things that should be on your to do list.
You just can’t stay in this region without going wine tasting, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss out on. There’s lots of amazing places to go wine tasting. We went to Casanuova di Ama and had an incredible experience.
If you want a generous tasting with freshly prepared food tasters for each type of wine, then this is your place. It’s set on a traditional Tuscan farm, and the host, Danielle, does a wonderful job of entertaining. You can learn all about Chianti wine and how the wines are made in this region, and she will happily answer any of your questions.
2. Try the ice cream at Gelateria Di Castellina Castellina in Chianti
Castellina in Chianti is worth a visit, it’s a pretty hilltop town with a few local shops and restaurants. We stopped off here for one main reason, because we had heard so many good things about the ice cream. If you pass through Castellina, make sure you visit Gelateria Di Castellina, the ice cream is incredible. I would even go as far as to say it’s the best ice cream I have ever tasted.
3. Stop off for lunch at Radda in Chianti
We spent quite a bit of time in Radda. It’s a bit of a central meeting point because of its ideal location, but it’s also a stunning little town. The views that surround Radda are spectacular. I imagine it’s a wonderful place to get married, because it’s got those quintessential Tuscan views. There’s a lovely cafe bar on the corner as you come into town that’s ideal for people watching. If you are driving through Chianti, make time to stop off for some lunch or a coffee in Radda.
The Chianti Sculpture Park is located about ten kilometres outside of Siena, between Pievasciata and Vagliagli. It was inspired by Piero and Rosalba Giadrossi and contains lots of impressive sculptures and covers about 17 acres. Here you can admire these artistic pieces as well as take in the natural landscape and enjoy the great outdoors. You could stop off here on the way to Siena and take a few snaps of your favourite sculptures made by artists around the world.
5. Take part in a cooking class
The region is also known for its mouth-watering food, and there’s a few special places where you can take part in unforgettable cooking classes. After you have tasted dishes at a few restaurants, you will probably be dying to know how to recreate them. Book a cooking class and learn how to rustle up a few local classics, which you can show off to your friends and enjoy when you get home.
Brolio Castle should definitely be on your to do list. It’s one of the most beautiful castles you will ever come across. The views around the castle are jaw-dropping, and you can wander round the grounds and explore the outside of the castle. Your ticket also enables you to taste some wine at the nearby shop. Brolio Castle is located 10 kilometres south of Gaiole.