Gaiole in Chianti
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in Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Tourist information on Gaiole in Chianti and the surrounding areas of Tuscany.
Castello di Barbischio seen from Gaiole
Short History of Gaiole in Chianti
Gaiole in Chianti
a municipal territory in Tuscany, Italy, that extends for 129 square km between the
hill country of Chianti and the hills of the Val d’Arbia. It had its origins in
mediaeval times as the market for the Castles of Vertine and
Barbischio, and became the seat of a comune with the Leopoldian reforms in 1774.
The first mention of the Gaiole territory comes from 1086 in an act of donation
from the nearby Abbey of Coltibuono.
However, it was only at the end of the 12 C that the village of Gaiole began to develop on the road which
runs from Valdarno to Chianti, as a place of exchange for the nearby
castles, and it was recorded in a document dated 1215 as a market.
With the foundation of the Chianti League by Florence in the middle of the
13 C, Gaiole was affirmed as capital of one of the Terzi "Thirds" (the others were Castellina
in Chianti and Radda in Chianti), representing an important military base for
Florence, from the middle of the 1400s until the Florentine conquest of the
territory of Sienna.
In the territory of Gaiole there are still imposing castles of extremely ancient origin:
owned by the Firidolfi-Ricasoli family
since 1172 and completely reconstructed in 1564; Montegrossoli, conquered by
Florence in 1172 and coveted for its strategic position on the crest between
Chianti and of which today remain only impressive ruins; Meleto, this was also
for a time owned by the Firidolfi; and also the noted Abbey of
Coltibuono, one of the most important Vallombrosan centres of the region, founded in
the 11 C and in 1810 becoming a privately owned farm.
More history of Gaiole
Travel Guide for Visitors to the Chianti Classico Wine Region of Tuscany, Italy.
Gaiole, Italy, main street
Vacation accommodations near Gaiole in Chianti
Bed & Breakfast High up in the Chianti hills far from the heat!
'Le Cetinelle' offers its guests a choice of six double bedrooms with en suite
bathroom, and breakfast served in the dining room. During winter
weather a fire can be lit. We offer in addition, an apartment (ca.
80 mq) with a double and triple bedroom, a large bathroom, sitting
room with fireplace and kitchen. A fine swimming pool is reserved or
our guests. More
about Le Cetinelle Chianti Bed & Breakfast rooms and apartment
Village vacation apartment in
Apartment "Il Cassero"
is a newly-restored vacation apartment for 2 to 5 persons
located in an old tower keep in the tiny village of Volpaia
in Tuscany. The accommodation consists of a kitchen, large living
and dining room, plus two double bedrooms rooms and a
single bedroom. Extremely peaceful and within a couple of
minutes walk of three restaurants. More
"Il Cassero" accommodation in Volpaia.
Castello di Barbischio above Gaiole
you are interested in castles - the Chianti
Castles route ("La strada dei Castelli del Chianti")
provides itineraries for viewing and in many cases visiting the castles,
walled abbeys and fortified farm houses in the area around Gaiole. There is also a
charming walled village near Greve in Chianti, known as the Castello
di Montefioralle. A house said to be the birthplace of Amerigo
Vespucci is located there - it definitely belonged to the Vespucci
Castle of Meleto
The Castle of Meleto
is near Gaiole. Its origin in the 11 C, as a
possession of the monks of
Castle of Montegrossi, also known as Montegrossoli, was the sentinel and
final rampart of the mediaeval Chianti region. It was constructed at around 700
m on the crest of the last salient of the small mountain range on the border between the territories of the Chianti and the
Castle of Montegrossi
but not least, the charming mediaeval village of
rises above Gaiole on a hill
at 357 m.
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