Villa Chianti Castellare de’ Sernigi is situated in the Chianti area, one of the most characteristic and important areas from a historical, eno-gastronomical and environmental point of view. Villa Castellare de’ Sernigi is right in the middle of the Chianti area, between the Provinces of Florence and Siena.
The name “Chianti” dates right back to the Etruscans who called the area between the Pesa and Arbua Rivers “Clante-i”. The name “Chianti” is known all over the world for its wine but there are also important archaeological sites in this territory - Etruscan, and various others. Many castles were built during the Middle Ages, most of which are still in good repair and open to visitors.

Famous all over the world for the production of it excellent wine, the Chianti territory is a hilly area situated in the centre of Tuscany between Florence and Siena: a succession of medieval hamlets, castles, churches, abbeys, monasteries, manor houses and villas come one after the other in fantastic itineraries which exalt the industriousness and creativity of man. Centuries of work have modeled the hills of this region, alternating vineyards, olive trees and woods in a unique and inimitable harmony. The true heart of Tuscany where one can become reconciled with the rhythms of life.

 

The classic itinerary for visiting the Chianti area is, without doubt, the so-called “Via Chiantigiana”, a typically rural trail which links Florence to Siena. After the town of Impruneta with its very old Parish Church S. Maria, founded in 1060, comes Greve in Chianti with its typical medieval structure, its castle, and, most of all, for good wine lovers, the Mostra Mercato del Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico wine exhibition and market) which takes place every year in September. Just as interesting is Castellina in Chianti, an ancient Florentine stronghold against Siena, with its mighty Rocca (fortress) and the evocative Via delle Volte – a sort of fortified road along the town walls – one can enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the arrow slits. On the border with the district of Siena is Radda in Chianti with its curious elliptical town planning structure and, most of all, the small fortified hamlet of Volpaia with its castle and labyrinthine maze of paved lanes.

Finally, one can admire the numerous castles in the Gaiole area, especially the one in Brolio, from whose battlements one can get a fantastic view of the entire Chianti area and the Sienese hills. Definitely more livelier and busier is the Via Cassia itinerary which follows the course of the ancient Roman road in a succession of typical towns and, most of all, an incredible number of churches.

The four districts of the Chianti area can be reached from Florence on scheduled inter-urban buses.
Lastly, just to mention Chianti as wine - recognized DOC in 1967 and DOCG in 1984: one of the undisputed flags of Italian oenology in the world.