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New Year’s in the Chianti: top holidays with flavour and culture

Dream trips in Tuscan history

Flavours, craft and traditions: all of these contribute to enriching the culture of the Chianti, an area made in harmony, to be discovered by walking the tracks of its most beloved wines. GreveRaddaGaiole and Monteriggioni are the towns where the famous DOC, which astounds the world over, was born. Following the wine roads, you will get to the vineyards of the areas of Arezzo and Montepulciano, in the evocative scenery of the historic centre the craftsmanship and the vino Nobile meet and give flavour to art. 

If you are starting in Siena, head towards Castelnuovo Berardenga, Trequanda and Montalcino, you will find yourself in the land of the lesser-known Brunello di Montalcino. In these medieval towns, which have maintained the charm of an epic and aristocratic time, you can taste the best oils and wines: Chianti Classico DOCG, Chianti DOCG, Chianti Classic, DOP extra virgin olive oil and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

Sports in the Chianti
Hiking in the Chianti
Hiking in the Chianti

In the heart of Tuscany there is a magical area where there is always something new to discover among the incomparably beautiful hilly towns. Trekking, motorcycle tours and hot-air balloon rides: these are just a few ideas for a day of sports and fun in Chianti. Going down Via Chiantigiana you will find yourself completed immersed in the wine-making region loved by wine and art experts, right in the countryside of Chianti. Between Siena and Florence take a journey against a backdrop of harmonious and colourful scenery, where you will have the opportunity to stop along the way in medieval villages, castles, abbeys and noble villas.

Bicycle and horse-riding tours
Tuscany on horseback
Tuscany on horseback

To get to know the true spirit of Tuscany, take a bike ride. With every ascent and descent cyclists will feel like they’ve found themselves in a real paradise. It’s not just chance that one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year takes place here: The Eroica, one of the most famous cycling races in history. In the Chianti Cycling Park there is over 400 kilometres for cyclists to get lost in, to escape the chaos and stress of everyday life.

This corner of Tuscany is not only the land of wine but also of ‘cycletourism’, where you can discover beauty while pedalling at a leisurely pace. The same can be done by horse lovers: there are many trails that you can explore with your best friend.

Castles and ancient trades
Badia Coltibuono - Gaiole in Chianti
Badia Coltibuono - Gaiole in Chianti - Credit: TOB

There is even a route you can take to immerse yourself in a fairy-tale world, where there is history and beauty in every corner – this is the Strada dei Castelli of Chianti. Gaiole in Chianti and Castelnuovo Berardegna, the perfect places to rediscover the noble era of Tuscany. If you would rather prefer to admire the skills of the master craftsmen of Chianti Fiorentino, there are many guided tours departing from the centre of Florence which take you through unusual routes, rich in culture.

Christmas and New Year’s in the wine cellar
Christmas and New Year’s in the wine cellar
Christmas and New Year’s in the wine cellar

Why not spend an exclusive magical Christmas here? The wine cellars, where the Tuscan excellence is created, open their doors to toast with the best DOC and most delicious dishes, just as is tradition. Christmas and New Year are a great occasion to take an extraordinary holiday where fun is combined with good taste.

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