Radda in Chianti
Located up on a hill, covered with woods and extensive vineyards between the valleys of Arbia and Pesa, Radda in Chianti is a beautiful medieval town enclosed in large defensive walls. It has ancient origins, inhabited since the 9th century and was already mentioned in a document from 1002. After being fortified in 1400 it was, from 1415 onwards, head of the League of Chianti, and it preserves the remains of its ancient walls. The town maintains its medieval look characterized by narrow streets meeting in the main square where you'll find the Church of San Niccolo, of 14th century origin and the Palazzo Pretorio, built about 1415.
Just outside the village, in the Vignale farm, are the headquarters of the Chianti Classico consortium and the Centro di Studi Chiantigiani (Centre for Chianti Studies), founded in 1984, with a small library and an archive devoted to the history of Chianti and its agriculture. In the surroundings of Radda you`ll find many castles and parish churches, such as the medieval Castle of Volpaia.
Nearby: Visit the Chianti area, Castellina, Greve, Panzano, Volpaia
Distances: Siena - 17 miles, Florence - 32 miles, Arezzo - 37 miles