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Meleto Castle
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Meleto Castle

The ancient fort in Gaiole in Chianti used to belong to Benedictine monks

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Gaiole in Chianti

The MeletoCastle stands tall in the enchanting landscape of Gaiole in Chianti, at the end of a lovely lane lined with cypress trees and juniper bushes. The building rises above fields and vineyards, not far from the border between the ancient republics of Siena and Florence.

The castle belonged to the Benedictine monksof Badia in Coltibuono and the name “Meleto in Chianti” was written for the first time in 1269, in theLibro degli Estimi of the Florentine Guelphs, as property of the Rainerii de Ricasolis family.

Over the years, the Ricasoli family expanded and embellished the building: on one side of the castle there are huge 15th-century fortifications, with the majestic cylindrical tower, built to escape artillery, and on the other side, there is the graceful noble villawith its 18th-century furnishings and décorand an incomparable 18th-century theatre.

Info: castellomeleto.it

Gaiole in Chianti
Amidst wine, food and castles
Founded between the 13th and 14th centuries, Gaiole was established as a merchant town serving the many castles dotting the surroundings. For this reason, the heart of Gaiole (today one the main production centres for Cinta senese) has been a “road-piazza” of sorts for centuries: via Ricasoli, along which the town’s trade and social life unfolded and still unfolds today. ...