Food and wine tourism in Tuscany: from Chianti to Garfagnana

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When we talk about Tuscany, its cities of art immediately come to mind, but also the countryside landscapes, its gentle and green hills, the parish churches and small villages.
The vines and olive trees, from which wines and oils, typical products of this region are produced, shape the hills and draw those countryside landscapes that fascinate many Italian and foreign visitors every year. In fact, it is not hazardous to say that Tuscany is also a region designed by its own gastronomic tradition both in morphology and in culture.
The typical products of this region intertwine with its history and landscapes, thus constituting a seamless unicum.
It is no coincidence that for some years the food and wine tourism has been establishing itself as a real resource for this region: more and more tourists flock to Tuscany not only to visit the art City, but to savor the flavors and smells, to relax among the Chianti hills or those of Garfagnana, in a holiday dedicated to nature and good food.
The fame of the wines, oils and typical Tuscan products, which have made this region famous all over the world, constitutes a cornerstone for the economy in terms of at export, but also an aspect capable of exerting a strong fascination among foreigners, who increasingly choose to buy a house or spend their holidays in the land of Dante.


  1. Food and wine tour in Chiantishire between villages, castles and wine
  2. The villages of Garfagnana
  3. Food and wine holidays: a resource for the knowledge of the territories
  4. User questions and comments

Food and wine tour in Chiantishire between villages, castles and wine

Chianti is at the center of this trend, so much so that it has been renamed Chiantishire. Here there are numerous villages that in addition to presenting themselves as real ones medieval gems, are strongly linked to production of local products.
An example of this is Saint Gimignano, in the heart of the Val d'Elsa, a village so beautiful that it ranks seventh among the most beautiful cities in Italy, leaving behind masterpieces such as Palermo, Verona and Ferrara, and to be declared Unesco World Heritage Site.

In Gaiole in Chianti, on the other hand, a splendid village that links its purely mercantile history to its position at the crossroads between Chianti and Valdarno, it is possible to visit the Brolio, linked since the th century to the Ricasoli family, where the Chianti Classico recipe. Inside the castle there is the small museum of the Ricasoli family, and outside you can enjoy the splendid gardens and the luxuriant vineyards, which can be visited by appointment. At the end of the visit visitors will then be offered a tasting of Tuscan wines produced by the castle, such as the famous Chianti Classico.

The villages of Garfagnana

In Garfagnana there is Coreglia Antelminelli, considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Its position, in the Serchio Valley, between the Apuan Alps on one side and the Apennines on the other, offers many suggestions from a naturalistic point of view, while the village retains delightful peculiarities also from an urban point of view.
The town in fact stands on a pinkish cliff between villages and vineyards with the peaks of the Apennines as a backdrop.
Here it is possible to taste the typical products of the area and make a small one excursion to San Gennaro, a town 50 km from Corceglia, world excellence for the production of Tuscan oil.
It is located just an hour from Florence Castelfalfi, part of the municipality of Montaione, a village in Tuscany which after being uninhabited was at the center of an important redevelopment project. In the medieval village there is a Medici villa, in a dominant position over the entire valley. The film was also shot here Pinoccho by Roberto Benigni.

The Castelfalfi estate is also a producer of many local food and wine products such as i Tuscan DOC and DOCG wines of Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Within a postcard setting, where the Chianti hills unfold green, visitors are offered the opportunity to see firsthand the production chain of typical local products.

Food and wine holidays: a resource for the knowledge of the territories

Food and wine tourism is not just a fashion or a trend, but a real one territorial enhancement resource: in fact, knowledge of the territories and regional specificities is promulgated through food and wine tourism preservation of traditional techniques, but also respect for nature and biodiversity.
This type of tourism also makes it possible to support the small local realities that make up theItalian food and wine excellence through products of immeasurable quality made with techniques handed down over the decades.

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