Val di Chiana

History and stunning scenery - discovering the Val di Chiana valley

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This area was already important back in Etruscan days, when it served the purpose of trait d’union between the Arno and Tiber valleys.

Yet, under the Roman rule, the exceptional water flow of the ancient Clanis river was blocked, thus flooding the Chiana area.

The region was unsuitable for dwelling for several centuries during the Middle Ages, and its population gradually moved away. Finally, clever reclamation, by filling, carried out by Fossombroni (in the late 1700s, on behalf of Grand Duke Peter Leopold I of Lorenne) restored the former splendour or this land, along with its long-lost agricultural productivity.

Valdichiana today

Nowadays the Val di Chiana (or Valdichiana) valley is a land full of surprises, treasuring medieval hamlets and breathtaking views still reflecting its ancient spirit:  an outstanding farming area supplying a wealth of top-quality cheese, fruit, oil, and Chianina meat.

Casale di Brolio fits in it with its enviable location, which means you can set off from our home to explore some of Tuscany's most celebrated cities of art.

Sightseeing

A few-minute drive leads you to   Arezzo, where you can tour the superb medieval town off Piazza Grande square. The Vasari Logge, the Duomo, Saint Francis' Church with the must-see pictorial cycle by Piero della Francesca, and the homonymous square, where Oscar-winning masterpiece "Life is Beautiful" by Roberto Benigni was shot.

Casale di Brolio is also just a stone's throw from Cortona, the magnificent Etruscan town. The local celebrity is the MAEC, Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona (Etruscan Academy and Cortona Town Museum), and you must pay a visit to the Churches dedicated to St. Francis and St. Margherita, the Duomo, Palazzo Casali palace, the alleyways and the tiny hidden squares, often destination of big film stars and of outstanding names from the cultural and artistic scene. A leisurely tour of the neighbourhood features world-famous destinations like Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino.

Such locations are also popular with wine lovers throughout the world, as a matter of fact it is right there that precious Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano are made. We can arrange guided visits and sampling sessions to discover the most prestigious wineries.

The bucolic surroundings are scattered with monasteries, and the Abbey of St. Antimo near Montalcino, which according to a legend was founded by Charlemagne in person, is endowed with the status of true Medieval holy art   masterpiece.
Here, since year 1000, and without interruption, the monks have sung Gregorian Chants to carry out their religious duties - an experience we recommend.
Florence, the Chiantishire, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, and a number of other locations, are all within reach. They will all make unforgettable excursion options we can plan with you, details included.
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