We’ll start with Chianti, the first Italian DOC wine, which gets its name from the rolling hills between Siena and Florence, that historical region of Chianti Classico. What is the Chianti emblem? The famous Gallo Nero (Black cockerel), the historic symbol of the Chianti Military League, painted by Giorgio Vasari on the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence. Your itinerary, which you can either follow by yourself, or under the guidance of top sommeliers, includes vineyards and historic wine cellars. As you drive down one of the most atmospheric roads in Italy, you will encounter l’Impruneta, Bagno a Ripoli, Castellina in Chianti, Radda di Chianti, and on the way to Siena, Colle Val d’Elsa, Sovicille, Monteroni d’Arbia, Murlo and Rapolano Terme. Masterpieces wherever you look.
If you are travelling in the picturesque Crete Senesi, from Monteroni d’Arbia to Rapolano Terme, then you are in the heart of the first landscape of Italian art. Shall we prove it? Go into the Palazzo Pubblico di Siena and admire Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s marvellous fresco from 1338, il Buono e Cattivo Governo. You will see the same fields, the same hills, the same vineyards. Everything is still exactly as it was then, just as if nothing in Siena has changed, from the Piazza del Campo to the Duomo, from the Torre del Mangia to Fonte Gaia. And wherever you look, your eyes will feast on artistic wonders, look no further than Duccio’s Maestà in the Museo del Duomo and Michelangelo’s sculptures on the Piccolomini altar. We should also remind you of that globally unique event, the Palio horse race, which runs every year on 2nd July and 16th August.