Castellina in Chianti

The town of Castellina in Chianti lies between the Elsa, Arbia and Pesa Valleys. Previously the feudal lands of the Trebbio family, it was taken over by the Florentines in the early 15th cent. and surrounded by walls. A high Mediaeval keep, which gives on to a wonderful view, dominates the town. Via delle Volte, once part of the covered sentry walk along the 16th century fortifications, is an interesting example of typical local architecture. While in Castellina, visit the Etruscan Hypogeum of Montecalvario, just over 1km. from the town, and the charming village of Fonterutoli, on the road to Querciagrossa.