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Chianti is one of Italy's most famous wine regions, and its beautiful countryside and excellent gastronomy make it a really popular place with visitors from abroad. Chianti is an Italian region, located in the centre of Tuscany, between the towns of Siena, Florence and Arezzo. Although a very famous region - mainly due to its world famous wine - its exact borders are unclear, though wines with a black rooster emblem on the bottle are considered as coming from Chianti. One thing that always enchants visitors to Chianti apartments is the rural charm of the area. Famously winding roads meander between checkboard squares of vineyards, scattered olive groves and forests of cypress trees. The real charm of the region is the place itself, in its charming towns and villages, and in the food and wine that it produces.
An excellent place to start any tour for people staying the type of villas Chianti offers is at Greve. This town is famous for its triangular piazza, which has been used as the site of a market since medieval times. There are also large porticos along its sides to protect shoppers from the elements. The local church contains some interesting religious art, while the wine museum is well worth a visit. Anyone staying in Chianti apartments will also want to visit the butcher's shop known as Antica Macelleria Falorni, which sells only traditional products from the area. A lovely Chianti holiday treat.
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History enthusiasts who are staying in the kind of villas Chianti offers will also enjoy a trip to the town of Gaiole. This is a place surrounded by castles and fortified towns, and there are many excellent bars and restaurants to enjoy a glass of the local wine and some food. Meleto Castle is in a beautiful setting, and is surrounded by vineyards where you can enjoy some wine tasting. Going further back in time, Etruscan remains dot the area, with the Etruscan tomb of Montecalvario located close to Castellina. Indeed, wine tasting is perhaps the main reason visitors to flock to Chianti apartments, and there are hundreds of venues all over the region which offer the chance to taste the product of the local grapes. Country estates like Fattoria il Lago offer great opportunities for formal tasting tours, but every restaurant and bar in the area will have local wines you can try. A perfect mixture of the ancient and modern, a stay in the kind of villas Chianti has to offer is perfect for anyone who enjoys both the simple and sophisticated things in life.
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