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Gaiole in Chianti

Gaiole began life as a market-place or market town probably in the 13th century. Situated in a narrow valley, at the intersection of important long-distance travel routes, this location was chosen as the site of an older, existing market, documented as of the 11th century at the nearby castle of Barbischio. For several centuries the trading and exchange was regulated by Florence, which dominated this area for a long period of time.
The market function, and the conformation of the geographical position, determined the particular shape and layout of modern-day Gaiole. The houses are arranged along a wide central thoroughfare, probably one of the main roads into town in former times, which widens to form a three-sided square, a place which once accommodated people and goods.

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