Inhabited since ancient times by the Etruscans, the area was also controlled by the Romans prior to mediaeval times and all have left their mark over the centuries. Scenic Etruscan trails, pilgrims' paths and pretty mediaeval hilltop hamlets are scattered among the quintessential Italian landscape of sunflowers, vines and cypress trees - it's easy to see why the area has so inspired artists and writers for centuries. You'll feel as though you're passing through history as you effortlessly discover sleepy hilltop hamlets crowning sun-dappled hills, verdant vineyards and panoramic picnic spots in fields ablaze with sunflowers.
This is a side of Italy that few visitors ever see - farmers harvesting olives, infinite views over the rolling plains, lively fetes in hidden hilltop villages - and to appreciate it fully you need to slow right down. We have both walking and cycling holidays here which offer the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful region.
Occupying the north/south axis from Florence down to Siena, the Chianti region is famous the world over for its fine wines and exceptional food, but there's more than just food and wine as you will discover on our walking and cycling holidays.