Breakfast in hotel. Departure for Chianti, the wine in which wine experts detect the scent of violets, is made from two different types of red grapes, the Canaiolo and the Sangiovese, the true heart of this wine, and two different types of white, Malvasia and Trebbiano. The countryside is very varied, and brings to mind a Macchiaoli painting where here and there you will easily spot out villas, farms, holm oaks, lush vegetation, hamlets, towers, slopes on the hills, bends on the roads, Romanesque parish churches, oak trees, cypress trees, and olive trees in and around the vineyards. You will visit in this order: Greve in Chianti with its Giacomo Matteotti Square and the Giovanni Terrazzano monument, the porticos and the typical market structure, a clear sign of the Greve economy in the 1300s. Transfer to the hillside town of Colle Val d’Elsa, both an agricultural and industrial town, with its Palazzo Campana, the Castle, the Palazzo Pretorio, the Civic Museum, the Archaeology Museum, the Dome, the Palazzo dei Priori and the Church of Sant’ Agostino. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon departure for: Castellina in Chianti that was originally a military outpost. The ancient monumental rock there shows that in the past Siena and Florence tried to take over this small town several times. Now it has become an important centre on the way to Chiantigiana surrounded by acres of woods and lush vegetation where wild boars, hares, squirrels and pheasants flourish. It was here that in 1924 the Consorzio del Chiani Classico was founded, and since 1984 this wine has been granted the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (label of Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin). The reo Romanesque parish church of San Salvatore is in the outskirts of the town, and the graveyard of Montecalvario, a burial ground consisting of 4 ancient Etrurian underground tombs, is nearby. The original, true Medieval Castellina is in Via delle Volte and is a pleasant walk under the porticos. Don’t leave Castellina without having tasted the “Schiacciata con Uva” that is made from the end of September to October. Radda, on the other hand, offers a more limited panorama than the more open one from Castellina, that looks over Valdelsa with sloping hills where the sun never seems to set. As you leave Castellina you cant help but notice the battlemented steeple and the houses all around. In the past, Radda was considered the capital of the Lega del Chianti, and today you can still see how historically important it was in the Siena side of Chianti where the wine tradition is now one of the most famous in the world. Just as you enter the town, you will see the Clante Centro Studi Storici Chiantigiane that are in the Vignale farm buildings, and here you can learn more about the history and local agricultural traditions. Make a point of going to see the Church of Santa Maria Novella and take some photos of the churches in Albola, Bugialla, Livernano and Montemaione. About ten kilometers farther along from Via Chiantigiana you will get to Gaiole in Chianti, a modern town with the Church of San Bartolomeo in the centre. Visit the Romanesque church of Spaltenna and the abbey buildings of Coltibuono built by the Vallombrosa monks in the XI century. The area all around consists of numerous small towns and castles, like Spaltenna, Vertine and Barbischio. Heading towards Siena you will notice the roads lead up to some of the most beautiful places in the area, where the Castles of Bolio, Meleto and Castagnoli are in complete harmony with the never ending vineyards, woods that are centuries old, and beautiful, Medieval towns like Lugignano. Return to hotel, evening meal and accommodation.