Gaiole in Chianti is an important city within the Chianti Classico region, located along the river Massellone and on the road connecting Chianti to Valdarno. It had its origins in mediaeval times as the market for the Castles of Vertine and Barbischio. Since it was a marketplace, it never had the need for defensive walls such as those in Radda in Chianti. The main attractions in Gaiole in Chianti are the wineries in its surroundings which include beautiful castles and parish churches. Among the most beautiful is the Parish Church of Spaltenna, displaying a valuable 15th century crucifix, the Castle of Vertine, a small medieval walled village, and the Abbey of Coltibuono, a former monastery now turned into a wine estate.
Nearby: Visit Radda in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, San Gusme, the Chianti area
Distances: Siena - 20 miles, Florence - 44 miles, Arezzo - 35 miles