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Castellina in Chianti for a foodie foray

  • Castellina in Chianti for a foodie foray

    Visit neighbouring Castellina in Chianti, a charming town south of Panzano. Wander down via delle Volte, a quaint stone-vaulted street built into the side of the hill. Devour delicious ice cream at Gelateria Castellina, known for its experimental ices. The flavours range from ricotta and fig to chilli and chocolate or lemon and kiwi fruit. There’s also the owner’s favourite creation, cantuccini and Vin Santo: almond biscuits with sweet Tuscan wine. There’s no escaping wine in the Chianti.

    Consider your first wine-tasting as Castellina is awash with Chianti Classico. The trademark on bottles of Chianti Classico is the Black Rooster (or Black Cockerel), the historic symbol of the Chianti Military League. In the late 13th century, Castellina was the first site of the Chianti League, a group of three Florentine feudal castles. Call into L’Antica Trattoria alla Torre for lunch. Set on the main square, this old-fashioned inn serves Tuscan treats on a summery terrace. Tuck into the Florentine T-bone steak, grilled meats and Pecorino cheeses, all washed down with Chianti Classico wines.
    Go shopping for Tuscan foodstuffs, including cheeses, biscuits, cured meats and pastries. (For shopping suggestions, see our guide to Castellina in Chianti).

    Gelateria Castellina, Via IV Novembre 47, 53011 Castellina in Chianti
    T: 0577 741337 & www.anticadelizia.it
    Address: L’Antica Trattoria alla Torre, Piazza del Comune 15, 53011 Castellina in Chianti
    Tel: 0577 740236
    Web: www.anticatrattorialatorre.com

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