What to see in the Chianti

Chianti vineyards, hill towns, monuments, churches, and other top attractions

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Vines at the Villa Vistarenni, just outside Gaiole in Chianti (Photo courtesy of the vineyard)

Visit the vineyards of the Chianti and tour its wine cellars

 
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Greve
Florentine Chianti

This market town with a lovely piazza is the unofficial capital of the Chianti

 
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Macelleria Falorni
Florentine Chianti

One of Italy’s most famous butchers

 
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The hamlet and its vines (Photo courtesy of Volpaia)
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Volpaia
Sienese Chianti

A first-rank Chianti wine estate with a medieval stone heart

 
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Villa Vignamaggio
Florentine Chianti

Historic villa where the Mona Lisa was born, "Much Ado about Nothing" was filmed, and great wines are made

 
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Castello di Verrazzano
Florentine Chianti

A Chianti castle whose family produced one of the great early explorers of the American coastline

 
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Castello di Brolio
Sienese Chianti

The castle that invented Chianti Classico

 
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The abbey (Photo courtesy of the Badia)
Badia a Coltibuono
Sienese Chianti

A beautifully isolated monastery turned wine estate and renowned cooking school

 
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Monsanto
Sienese Chianti

A wonderful winery—one of the first run by a woman—with excellent Chiantis and Etruscan-style cellars

 
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Ceramiche Rampini
Sienese Chianti

The ceramics workshop dedicated to one of the great modern masters of Italian hand-painted pottery

 
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The hamlet and its vineyards (Photo courtesy of the Castello di Ama)
Castello di Ama
Sienese Chianti

Velvety, oaky wines at a French-style winery inside a medieval Tuscan village

 
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The town atop its vineyards (Photo by NH53)
Castellina
Sienese Chianti

This ancient Etruscan town has a wonderful medieval feel, Etruscan artifacts, and some great wine shops

 
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A cool Etruscan tomb on the outskirts of Castellina in Chianti

 
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The Villa Strozzi Sonnino and the Villa Vistarenni vines (Photo courtesy of the vineyard)
Vistarenni
Sienese Chianti

A vineyard spilling steeply downhill from a gorgeous 18C villa that also rents rooms

 
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Fonterutoli
Sienese Chianti

An historic Chianti wine estate in the same family for more than 600 years

 
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Montefioralle
Florentine Chianti

A teensy medieval hamlet perched high above Greve

 
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Radda in Chianti
Sienese Chianti

One of the three medieval towns in the original Lega del Chianti and still an important wine center

 
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Badia a Passignano
Florentine Chianti

A postcard-perfect Renaissance monastery surrounded by a high-end wine estate

 
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This Renaissance castle is a listed national monument (Photo courtesy of the property)
Vicchiomaggio
Florentine Chianti

This ancient Chianti castle is a British-own wine estate, hotel, and restaurant

 
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Castello di Meleto
Sienese Chianti

A medieval castle turned winery and hotel

 
 
Activities, walks, & excursions links
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).