What to do in Chianti? Splendid in all seasons, it boasts an extraordinary cultural, historical, artistic, naturalistic and culinary heritage. Its enchanting territory, characterized by the continuous alternation of valleys and rolling hills, fascinates visitors from every corner of the world.
Chianti has so much to offer, and it isn’t easy to choose the experiences to do, especially if you have little time available. That is why we have selected five things not to be missed in Chianti and which, we are sure, will pleasantly surprise you.
#1 – Chianti Wine tour
Chianti attracts many tourists not only for its spectacular landscapes, but also and in particular for its special food and wine experiences. One of the most beautiful is undoubtedly taking part in a visit to vineyards and cellars and tasting of typical wines produced in the area. Scattered throughout the Chianti area, the cellars are places filled with history, tradition, art and culture. Sometimes they are real architectural jewels where, in addition to discovering the secrets of the wine world, it is possible to admire an exceptional historical heritage. The tours can also be accompanied by a lunch based on Tuscan gastronomic specialties.
#2 – Visiting villages in the Chianti area
In addition to the vineyards and its characteristic hilly landscapes that seem straight out of a postcard, Chianti also offers picturesque villages, which testify to the ancient and important past of this land. Rich in history and of great charm, they are the ideal destination for a trip out of town between beauty, tradition and taste. One of the most evocative is the fortified village of Montefioralle, which develops around an ancient castle just above Greve in Chianti. Here you can breathe a truly unique atmosphere, suspended in time. Also worth a visit: San Donato in Poggio, still today surrounded by thirteenth-century walls; Volpaia, which preserves its medieval aspect; and Vertine, one of the best-preserved examples of military architecture.
#3 – Cooking class
You cannot say Chianti without your mind racing to the table, the great lunches and the delicious typical dishes prepared according to recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation for centuries. Those who want to discover the secrets of this ancient tradition and learn how to cook like a true Tuscan can participate in a cooking class, an experience full of taste and fun that allows you to immerse yourself in the gastronomic culture of the area. Under the careful guidance of a Tuscan cook, you will learn how to transform locally sourced products and seasonal vegetables into delicious traditional dishes that you can also taste. The courses are open to both adults and children.
#4 – E-bike tour in Chianti
One of the best ways to discover Chianti and its beautiful landscapes is on an e-bike. The pedal assisted electric motor reduces physical effort to a minimum, allowing you to tackle even the steepest climbs in total comfort. It is possible to rent them for several days or participate in 4/5 hour tours in the company of an expert local tour guide. Vineyards, olive groves, farmhouses, ancient churches, castles, mills but above all the dense network of dirt roads make Chianti a magnificent area to explore by bicycle. Among the most beautiful e-bike tours to do are the routes of L’Eroica, a historic cycling event that crosses some of the most evocative roads of the Sienese Chianti.
#5 – A shopping day
Chianti is not only the land of wine and oil but also of craftsmanship and shopping: its narrow streets are dotted with artisan shops that keep the tradition of ancient crafts alive. Each town has its own: for example Impruneta is famous for the production of the so-called Impruneta terracotta, terracotta whose processing dates back to the Middle Ages; Tavarnelle Val di Pesa for the art of embroidery; Greve in Chianti for handmade wicker baskets; and Panzano in Chianti for ceramic artifacts. You will hardly be able to resist the temptation to buy a souvenir to take home.