What to see in the Chianti

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

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

Florentine Chianti

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

Macelleria Falorni
Florentine Chianti

One of Italy’s most famous butchers

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

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

Villa Vignamaggio
Florentine Chianti

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

Castello di Verrazzano
Florentine Chianti

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

Castello di Brolio
Sienese Chianti

The castle that invented Chianti Classico

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

A beautifully isolated monastery turned wine estate and renowned cooking school

Sienese Chianti

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

Ceramiche Rampini
Sienese Chianti

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

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

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

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


A cool Etruscan tomb on the outskirts of Castellina in Chianti

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

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

Sienese Chianti

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

Florentine Chianti

A teensy medieval hamlet perched high above Greve

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

This Renaissance castle is a listed national monument (Photo courtesy of the property)
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.).