History Sneak Peek
While you probably know Florence as the cradle of the Renaissance, the city's history goes back 2000 years!
In fact, the romantic city of Florence was founded by the (in)famous Julius Caesar in 59 BC. He designed it to serve as a haven for military veterans.
However, Florence quickly grew into a bustling commercial hub! Why? It was situated on an exceptionally farmable land as well as a significant travel route between northern Italy and Rome. The city continued to become an important European banking center controlled, for the most part, by the powerful Medici family!
Its the economic growth that created perfect conditions for the creation of art. Many of the most influential masters were summoned to Florence to create the masterpieces we admire today!
Chianti wine has its own story. The first version of Chianti wine was white wine and entered the scene in the 13th century! Hence, Chianti was the first name of the wine and thanks to its quality; it also became the name of the area.
In the Middle Ages, three small villages - Castellina, Gaiole, and, Radda - formed and official Lega del Chianti (League of Chianti). This area continued to become the historical and spiritual soul of the Chianti region. Today, only a few selected wineries can call their wines Chianti. Each wine estate has its own secret recipe. However, it has to match the strict quality regulations of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)! The quality of this flavorful ruby-red wine is legendary imagine tasting it right in the heart of the vineyards where it came from!
So did we persuade you? Explore the history of Florence as well as the flavor of its surrounding countryside without stress, rush, or hustle. Book your Florence wine tours today and enjoy the best of Italian red wine while learning about history!