Vineyards and olives have always reigned supreme in a natural landscape that seems to have been created by the brushstrokes and imagination of an artist. In this almost unreal setting, where gentle hills seem to embrace Florence and follow the course of the Arno River, the Chianti Colli Fiorentini Wine Road revives the history of places steeped in tradition.
This Tuscan route (officially set up in 2000) not only crosses lands used for years to make prized elixirs, but it also takes visitors to discover genuine treasures rich in history. Examples of this are the Parish Church of San Pietro, Palazzo Pretorio in Bagno a Ripoli, the Museo del Tesoro di Santa Maria del Prato in Impruneta, the chiesa della Misericordia in Signa, and Montelupo fiorentino, a handicraft and farming centre.
There are infinite roads to explore in an ancient area that was identified with the very first Chianti demarcation in 1932, where an “old style” Chianti is produced, Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG, with its rich purple colour and flowery perfume that captivates the palate with its dry taste. This rich itinerary includes at least 18 municipalities: from Bagno a Ripoli and Barberino Val d’Elsa to Certaldo, Fiesole, Figline Val d’Arno, Florence, Impruneta, Incisa Val d’Arno, Lastra a Signa, Montelupo Fiorentino, Montespertoli, Pelago, Pontassieve, Reggello, Rignano, San Casciano Val di Pesa, Scandicci and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. It is a unique route protected by the Lion of the tower of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence that was chosen as the logo for the Tuscan road, where you can also admire handmade creations in the little craft shops, from ceramics to objects in straw or terracotta.