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During your vacation in Tuscany at Villa Poggio Ai Merli visit the Chiantishire

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Chianti Area is a place famous all around the world. It is one of the most beautiful place in Italy and of course it’s an incredible tourist attraction destination.
Chianti Area is plenty of historical events and extraordinary people. This area was the battlefield of a century war between Siena</strong> and Florence.
Today this area is renowned for the excellent wine produced. The wine has a hold tradition here. Each vineyard enjoys a variety of nature and ground that gives to them an unique product.
What you must know about Chianti Area
Grapes has been always an important resource of the Chianti area and for that we have to thank the Etruscan people.
Around IV-III century B.C. the Etruscan settled in the area and they introduced the growing of the vine. It was perhaps from an Etruscan family, the Clante, that has descended the name Chianti. Otherwise the name of the area came from Latin clango, that was the sound of arms and trumpet. In fact, in this area there were a lot of different domination: Roman, Frankish and Longobard to quote some. Just in IX century came the peace. With the creation of the Marca of Tuscia it became an independent state and seat of numerous Abbeys. Thank to the Monks the viticultural production grew.
For long time there were a lot of clash between the Bishop of Florence and Siena. Florence wanted that its boundary included Chianti area and Siena didn’t want that because it worried about the vicinity with the enemy. That’s why Chianti Area is full of Castles. The war begun in 1082 and stopped at the end of the century. In 1250 born Lega del Chianti in the aim to solve the contention between Florence and Siena and stop the expansionistic aim of the last one. The jurisdiction of Chianti included Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti. In 1384 they became a self government under Florence. Their symbol became a black rooster on a gold field. In sixteenth century Chianti area were invaded from Borboni and Lanzicchenecchi until Siena fell under the Medici Family domination. From now Siena grew again. In seventeenth century began the famous ‘Century of Chianti Area’. Everywhere the wine start to be appreciated. It became the economical heart of the area. The League of Chianti was dissolved after the formation of Communes and despite the fact that Europe went through a tormented period, the zone stayed peacefully out of conflicts, at least until World War II.
In the post-war period, life changes and country sides depopulate while foreigners start to show interest for the area. English people are the first to come; they buy houses and lands in the 50s. Then Swiss, Hollandaise, German and American people arrive… all of this contributed to the transformation of Chianti into the golden land that it is nowadays. Wine companies are managed by international people too; the lands are attended by more than qualified professionals; the wines are in oenologists’ hands; the equipments are advanced; the research is continuously moving. So, Chianti is surely a romantic land that produces great wine, but it’s mostly advanced technology, research and business
Chianti is an alternation of valleys and hills that reach the average height of 500 metres, and extends itself between the provinces of Florence and Siena. In origin, it was a land full of chestnut and oak woods, but the several historical events, the construction of castles and fortresses and the successive split in big farms made possible for olive-groves and vineyards to progressively take the place of most of the other vegetation that grew spontaneously. Each area of Chianti is characterized by different formations of terrain that make cultivations unique, though.
The wildlife of Chianti has always been, since the past, rich and various, at the point that still today it is possible to see pheasants, hares, roes, porcupines, deer, squirrels, quails, hoopoes and boars. The boar has to be treated differently from the other animals. Especially in the hot season, boars invade woods and vineyards and they have been introduced in the Tuscan countryside for hunting purposes in the 70s.
Chianti’s zone has always been in the middle of a huge cultural ferment. Dante wrote about it in the “Divina Commedia”, inspired by the beauty of the Tuscan hills. Between the XV and XVI century the zone really enjoyed a “golden century”, on the cultural side.
In 1454 Amerigo Vespucci was born in the area, future main personality of many expeditions to America. Giovanni da Verrazzano was born in 1458; he was the navigator that discovered the Bay of New York and the Hudson River. In 1513 Machiavelli arrived to the area and composed here some of its most important works. Others include Michelangelo, Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, and finally Leonardo da Vinci, that portrayed the “Gioconda” in the area of Chianti.