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Castellina in Chianti

Known in Etruscan times as Salingolpe, in the 12th century Castellina belonged to the lords of the castle of Trebbio, vassals of the Counts Guidi. As of the end of the 12th century, it entered the orbit of the Republic of Florence, and it was for a long time an important strategic site for Florence, ensuring dominion over the surrounding area.
The borgo still preserves the quadrilateral shape of the ancient medieval fortification. The main thoroughfare, lined by the ancient aristocratic houses, leads to the square with the massive 13th-14th century castle (rocca), which houses the Archeological Museum of the Chianti Senese. There is the charming Via delle Volte, a covered alley with picturesque views over the glorious Chianti countryside. In the northern part of town stands the neo-Romanesque Church of S. Salvatore, while just outside the town stands the tumulus of Montecalvario, impressive evidence of the area’s Etruscan past.

What to see in the local area