Chianti, located in the center of Tuscany between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, is a charming hill-covered region offering a picturesque landscape of small stone villages, sprawling vineyards and olive groves. With tall green cypress trees and woods bordered with yellow broom, its palette of colors combine to create a painting beautiful enough to rival those of the famous art museums nearby.
From its Etruscan beginnings through the time of the Romans, the ancient region of Chianti was a rich and bountiful land. Mostly inaccessible, it was preserved from ruinous barbarian invasions after the decline of the Roman Empire. By contrast, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, it was a constant battlefield for the struggle between Siena and Florence that both wanted control over its riches. When the fighting finally ended, valleys were cleared and cultivated with chestnut woods as well as olive groves and vineyards, which continue to enrich the region today.