Castello San Donato in Perano

Chianti: villages, villas and fortresses

An itinerary among the hills in Gaiole in Chianti

The road which goes up along the parish church of Gaiole to the fortified parish church of Spaltenna, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in the area with its simple and elegant facade and Romanesque bell tower.

If you continue to follow the road upwards you will find the fortified town of Vertine, dating back to before 1000 AD, which suddenly appears before you in all its striking beauty.

Continuing along the crest you reach San Donato in Perano, of which the first record dates back to 995 AD, and which currently looks like a large 17th century villa.

Not much further on from San Donato, towards Radda, a road leads to Vistarenni, a grandiose 1600 villa which rises on the site of an ancient village from the XI century.