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Gaiole in Chianti
Gaiole in Chianti
Situated on the road ss408, from Siena to Montevarchi.
Gaiole in Chianti owes its development to its position in the valley where an important market for the local populations was centered around the year 1000.
Its name likely comes from "gaggiolo" used to indicate a large forest.




Gaiole history

After 1300 Gaiole became important not only as a market but as a tertiary city of the League of Chianti, Florence's administrative and political instrument.





Gaiole was not only an important commercial centre, but it was also important to the clergy, this is evident by the many parish churches and abbeys.




Gaiole today

The area surrounding Gaiole can easily be divided up into outings featuring the abbeys and parish churches or the castles and hamlets.
The oil and the wine found in Gaiole in Chianti today are the jewels of its agriculture and local economy.


Places of interest

Castello di Brolio

The Brolio Castle is truly spectacular and was so even after its neo-gothic transformation that took place in the second half of the 19th century.
The history of the Brolio Castle begins in the latter part of the 12th century. Its name is tied to the family of the Ricasoli Firidolfi who took sides with Florence against Siena. The Castle was invaded by the Sienese in 1252.
The Castle was altered and transformed over the years before the definitive 19th century version realized by Baron Bettino Ricasoli. Today you can visit the interior, the neo-Gothic Saint Jacop's Chapel, the observation deck and the palace with its beautiful tapestries.


SHOPPING



Le Cose Buone Alimentari-Gastronomia (local grocery shop)
At the end of the Main Square
Gastronomy, Typical dishes of Tuscan cuisine
Opening times:
Tuesday-Saturday: 8.00 - 20.00
Sunday: 8.00 -  (Closed on Monday)

Coop supermarket
At the end of the Main Square
Open sundays through the season


Lo Sfizio Di' Bianchi
This is a bar, restaurant, ice-cream shop, bakery and pastry shop.
They do specialties that represent the classical flavors of Tuscan gastronomy.
In the main Square
http://www.losfiziodibianchi.it/

There are many enotecas that sell their own wines like " Riecine" (in the main square) or there are enotecas such as:

La Cantinetta del Chianti
They have wine, olive oil, typical products and they ship all over the world
Found in the main square
http://www.chiantinet.it/cantinetta/


Enoteca Cantina Montagnani
Always open from about Easter until the end of October from 9.00-13.00/ 15.30-19.30
Own production of wines, plus a large selection of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, olive oil, spumante, vin santo,honey and much more. During summertime they also serve cold dishes to accompany the tastings.
Address: Via B.Bandinelli, 13/17

Macelleria Chini
A butcher with a large selection of fresh meat and cured meats. Production of fresh Cinta Senese (typical Tuscan pork) meat and cured meats on their own farm.
Address: Via Roma, 2
Tel.+ 39 0577 749457


Pharmacy
Found at the beginning of the main square.
Opening times:
Monday: 09.00 - 24.00
Tuesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday: 09.00-13.00/16.00-20.00
Closed on Wednesday and on Sunday
Tel.+ 39 0577 749403

Banks
There are two banks with ATMs



Colori del Chianti
Hand-painted pottery shop in the main square
Hand-painted majolica with the colours typical of the Chianti area.Shipment worldwilde. The client can also personalize his order with special designs.
http://www.coloridelchianti.com


Tourist Information Office
Located in the main square
Open from:
From the 1st of april until the 31st of October
Every day: 10.00-13/ 15.00-18.00
http://www.comune.gaiole.si.it/en/node/638


Petrol station
TotalErg found on the SS 408 just before entering Gaiole in Chianti

Washer and dryer
Fast & efficient washer and dryer in nearby Gaiole, just at the end of the square. Complete loads can be washed and dried in less than 90 minutes...while you have lunch or dinner in the lovely Gaiole square. Cash-operated washer, price includes detergent and fabric softener.


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