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Radda in Chianti

Situated on a hill between the Pesa valley and the Arbia valley, the borgo of Radda is mentioned in documents as of the 11th century. Radda was fought over between the Conti Guidi, Siena and Florence, and entered Florence’s sphere of influence from the end of the 13th century, becoming the headquarters of the Chianti League.
The borgo retains its elliptical medieval layout, with parts of the ancient town walls incorporated into the buildings and people’s homes. In Piazza Ferrucci you can still see the Renaissance Palazzo del Podestà, adorned with family crests, and the Church of S. Niccolò, restored in the 20th century. At the southernmost end of the town, the Ghiacciaia del Granduca is a rare example of a building for the production of ice, which was once used to store food.

What to see in the local area