Radda in Chianti

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Radda in Chianti - history

Radda in Chianti - la storia

Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Radda in Chianti is a Tuscan wine village located between the valleys of the rivers Pesa and Arbia in central Italy, on a forested hillside surrounded by extensive vineyards. A small number of shops and restaurants in Radda in Chianti provide a supply centre for the wineries of the nearby parts of Chianti. The surrounding Chianti hills are dotted with castles, some in ruins, some still inhabited. There are numerous excellent agriturismi within easy reach of Radda in Chianti, providing vacation accommodation for tourists at highly competitive prices. There is no better way to enjoy the ambience of Tuscany, Italy, than to stay in a Bed and Breakfast, farmhouse apartment or villa on a working Tuscany vineyard. Radda in Chianti has limited bus service - a car is recommended.

Radda nel Bicchiere

25 - 26 maggio 2024 per la XXVII° edizione di Radda nel Bicchiere

25 - 26  May 2024 for the 27th Radda nel Bichiere wine festival.

fountain at Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

The famous fountain at Radda in Chianti

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Places to stay in and near Radda in Chianti

Village vacation apartment in Volpaia

Village vacation apartment in Volpaia

Apartment "Il Cassero" is a newly-restored vacation apartment for 2 to 5 persons located in an old tower keep in the tiny village of Volpaia in Tuscany. The accommodation consists of a kitchen, large living and dining room, plus two double bedrooms rooms and a single bedroom. Extremely peaceful and within a couple of minutes walk of three restaurants. More about Apartment "Il Cassero" accommodation in Volpaia.

Country Vacation Apartments near Panzano and Greve

Agriturismo Biologico "Dondoli" consists of two spacious apartments for 2 to 5 persons in the quiet Chianti countryside on an organic farm - an ideal location for families with children. Each apartment has its own terrace for outdoor dining and there is a grill for use by the our guests. Organic breakfast provided upon request. More about Agriturismo Biologico Dondoli Chianti vacation apartments.

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in Radda in Chianti

The municipal territory of Radda in Chianti covers 80.5 square km on the hills around the deep valleys of the rivers Pesa and Arbia. It was a feudal centre and then the residence of a mediaeval podesta from the 13 C onwards. It was confirmed in its present day boundaries with the Leopoldine reforms of 1774.

Radda was recorded for the first time with certainty in an edict of the Emperor Otto III from 1003 when its Court and castle were owned by the Florentine Abbey to whom they had been donated by the Marquis di Toscana, to whom it was confirmed by the Imperial authority. This was repeated several times in the following decade either by an act of succession by Otto or by a series of Papal endorsements. Radda became a feudal possession of the Guidi Counts in 1220, by command Federico II. Towards the middle of the 13 C (the precise date is not known), Florence affirmed its dominion here because of Radda's strategic importance. From 1176, Florence had jurisdiction over the greater part of southern Chianti previously belonging to Sienna

Firenze put Radda at the head of one of the three "Thirds" in which the Chianti League was administratively divided, and starting from 1384 at the latest, it became capital of the Chianti League, as is shown by the oldest preserved statutes. In the middle of the 1300s, on the orders of the Florentine government, the wall of the castle were reinforced, and new fortifications were needed after the Aragonese invasion in 1478 during which the Radda castle was conquered and devastated. Other periods of warfare had to be lived through in the first half of the 1500s, until the fall of the Siennese republic. From then on Radda was principally an active agricultural centre.

More about the history of Radda.

Storia di Radda in italiano.

Castles of Chianti

The region between Florence and Siena, the Chianti wine zone, is home to a remarkably high number of castles, fortified farm houses and walled abbeys. Some of these are open to the public. 


Albola, or better Old Albola, rises above the territory of Radda in Chianti.

The comune of Gaiole in Chianti provides six itineraries taking in many of the castles, walled villages, towers and abbeys of the area.

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