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Chianti region is famous for its excellent wine; the vineyards which produce it extend well beyond the boundaries of the geographical region. Which lies between Florence and Siena.

 The central area, which produce Chianti Classico (including the towns which set up the Chianti League in the 13C) coincides almost exactly with the geographical region from which the wine takes its name. It is bisected from north to south by the via Chiantingiana (SS 222)

 

 

 

 

Visitors doing a rapid tour of Tuscany, included Florence and Siena, are advised to travel from one city to the other along this road, which provides wonderful views of the local forest and vineyards.

 

 

 

 The main village of  Chianti is Greve in Chianti which is situated on the floor of the valley of the river Greve, centres on an attractive square Piazza Matteotti, shaped like a huge funnel. Itís bordered by irregularly-shaped porticoes supporting flower-decked terrace. 

 

History Notes on Gallo Nero

At the beginning of the 13C, Florence set up Chianti League, a military alliance to counter the territorial expansionist policies of Siena. The League ,which included the towns of Castellina, Gaiole , and Radda took as emblem a black rooster (Gallo Nero).Two Hundreds years later Giorgio Vasari included this ancient emblem in hi ceiling painting the Salone dei Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.Tuscan pride and tradition are such that the famous black rooster is now used by the wine consortium of Tuscany as a marketing symbol for Chianti Classico