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Gaiole in Chianti

Gaiole in Chianti - gaiole has developed along the valley of the River Massellone due to its idea position as a trading and meeting point and its origins are based in these very geographical characteristics.

In fact, even prior to the year 1000 the hills surrounding this valley were populated and it was these inhabitants who came down into the valley to meet and trade; they gave life to the centre that then became the main focal point of the whole valley.

Offcial documents dating back to 1215 show its importance as a trading post and this was to carry on expanding with the constitution of the "Lega del Chianti" in 1300 with Gaiole as the head of the "terzieri" together with Radda and Castellina.

The "Leghe" formed the basis for political and administrative division in the country areas under Florence and when necessary provided both money and soldiers.For four centuries the borough of gaiole was considered the border between Florence and Siena and was consequently a target for raids and plundering until the definitive fall of Siena in 1555.
The system of the "Leghe" remained with both the Medici and the Lorena until 1776 when the "terzieri" of Chianti became the actual boroughs of to day.

How to reach Gaiole in Chianti: From Siena, near the train station, take the road S408 with direction Gaiole in Chianti

Where is Gaiole in Chianti: is located in the north of Siena province. See the map

Nearby: Visit Radda in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, San Gusmè, the Chianti area

Distances: Siena 28 Km - Florence 70 Km - Pisa 120 Km - Arezzo 50 Km

Correct name is Gaiole in Chianti
Common mistakes are Gayole, Giole, Gaiol, Cianti, Chyanti, Kianti

 


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