Chianni is a medieval town with Etruscan origins, which used to be fought for between the bishop of Volterra and the Republic of Pisa, before passing definitively to the control of Florence. In an area surrounded by hills and woods, Chianni is the ideal place for lovers of enogastronomic and panoramic tours. In the town the most significant attractions are the Church of San Donato, remodelled form its medieval structure in ‘800; and the Chapel of the Santissima Annunziata, which is important due to the mosaic decorations which cover both the wide barrel vault of the roof and the side walls.
The town has been known for years for its olive growing, the extra virgin olive oil of Chianni was created here, an oil with intense colour, a low level of acidity and a fruity flavour. The forests of the lands of the municipality are loved and frequented by boar hunters, so every second and third weekend of November the oldest food festival in Tuscany is held, where you can taste wild boar dishes and other specialities of the local cuisine.
In the areas around Chianni there is lots to see, including the medieval town of Rivalto, which has the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine. In October Rivalto is the destination for chestnut lovers, a variety which has thin skin and dark streaks.
Ever the Gourmet's Heaven
Home to the best chestnuts, oil and wild boar
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