The small villages lies at 367 m a.s.l. and is set in a hilly landscape
rich in vineyards and olive groves. It was and important market place
and meeting point of Chianti wine merchants.
Museums and sights :
Castello di Brolio. (Open 9:00 - 18:00) is
a pentagonall fortress-castle on the side of a hill at 12 km. from Radda
in Chianti and 23 km. from Siena., 533 m. above sea level.
Dating back to the 9th Century, it is a very impressive castle. It
preserves the ancient keep, the fortifications and the chapel. The wine
cellar of the castle is famous all over the world for the celebrated
wines of Brolio. In the Chapel (1348) there are some 14th century works
of art by Segna di Bonaventura and other artists of Sienese school. The
Crypt is still the burial place of the members of the Ricasoli family.
The castle is on the road from Gaiole in Chianti to Montevarchi.
Parish Church of Santa Maria a Spaltenna
The 13 C suggesting fortress of "Vertine" that keep one's ancient
Parish church of San Giusto in Salcio
Parish church of San Polo in Rosso
The Castello di Meleto is perfectly preserved and is a rare
example of a fortified medieval farm, with impressive circular towers,
overlooking the surrounding vineyards of Chianti Classico.
Castello di Cacchiano
Badia a Coltibuono is a Romanesque abbey with nice cloister,
nowadays transformed into wine cellars. Built in the 10th -11th Century
and inhabited by the Vallombrosan Benedictine monks up to the beginning
of the 19thCentury.
Torre di Montegrossi
Sport center: tennis court and football ground, bowling green, gym.
Market day: 2nd Monday of the month
Tourist information: Tourist board in Via Ricasoli 50, Gaiole in
Events: The "Eroica" Period Bicycle competition - Early in October
Chianti driving directions: The best way to visit Chianti is to come by
car from Florence or Siena along Route 222, the very attractive "Chiantigiana"
highway passing through the Chianti wine area. Visitors arriving from
Rome can leave the motorway at Figline in the Val d'Arno. From the west,
there is a road connecting with the highway at Tavarnelle or S. Donato.
By Train : The closest railway stations are Siena and Florence:
By Air : International flights to Rome, Milan or Pisa.
The closest airports are Siena Ampugnano Airport and Florence