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What to See and Do in Chianti, Italy

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Offering the traveler excellent wines, fine cuisine, and spectacular natural beauty, Chianti is located in the Tuscany region of Italy and is famous for the red wine called by the same name.

There are numerous wineries in the region and many of them are open for tours and wine tasting, as well as some excellent choices for lodging. Whether it’s the wineries that the region is so renowned for or the historic castles, this is one of the most beautiful regions in all of Italy.

Sightseeing tours of Chianti abound and are very affordable whether. Whether it’s a tour for a couple seeking a romantic getaway or for large families or groups, there is something for everyone to take part in. The following is a list of suggested places to be sure and visit if you are planning a vacation to Chianti.

Galleria dell’ Academia Renaissance Art Tour

This tour will definitely enlighten you to the fact that Florence, Italy was truly the birthplace of the Renaissance. The various collections of art and sculpture found here in the Galleria will hold your interest for hours as you see first hand examples of the many creations of some of the masters of this historical period of world history.

Piazza Matteotti of Greve in Chianti

A weekly market in the main piazza of Greve in Chianti takes place every Saturday morning and is well worth exploring. It’s a shopping extravaganza to say the least with a wide array of merchandise at reasonable prices for the visitor to take advantage of.

Antiques and Collectors Fair

This fair takes place only twice a year on Easter Sunday and the second Sunday of October. You could easily spend the day exploring all that this event has to offer as well as bringing home some memorable reminders of a wonderful holiday in Chianti.

Plants and Flowers Market Exhibition

This colorful event happens only once annually on the first Sunday in May and is a testament to the beautiful colors that typify the Tuscany countryside. This is another must-see destination if you are prone to traveling before the summer crowds are out and about.

Grape Harvest

Usually takes place in late September or early October, but the date oftentimes varies from one year to the next. If you ever want to experience a celebration of the grape, then the Grape Harvest is well worth taking in when you are vacationing in the region.

Chianti Wine Festival

Occurring on the 2nd weekend of September, this festival spells out what the region is so renowned for. Chianti wine travels to all parts of the globe from this region, and this festival will entertain you to no end.

Photo of Chianti by Sara Carnati

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.


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