Surroundings of the Farmhouse in Chianti near Siena

Places to visit, roads to travel, landscapes to admire in the charming Terra di Siena.

Farmhouse Melariano is situated in a panoramic position among the rolling hills of Chianti, just a few minutes from Siena and the most famous Tuscan art sites. Agritourism Melariano is ideal for a relaxing holiday immersed in a wonderful Chianti countryside and, at the same time, for a vacation to discover the wonderful territory of the province of Siena.
The surrounding countryside offers the possibility of pleasant walks, mountain bike and hiking through amazing nature trails (Bike rental: www.chiantibicycles.it).
You will be immersed in stunning landscapes full of vineyards, where you can taste the best Tuscan wines in ancient cellars, or go with experienced guides to visit farms that have made Italian wines famous all over the world. Siena will be only 20Km from you, with its contrade, the Piazza del Campo, where each year on the 2nd July 2 and the 16th August 16 it takes place on the tuff the famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, and with churches and palaces that make it a city unique for its history, art and beauty. About 50-60 Km away you will find other cities and countries that have made Tuscany so famous in the entire world, such as Florence, Arezzo, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano (an ancient medieval village characterized by the magic of its stately towers) or Volterra, Montalcino with its well-known wine "Brunello", Pienza with its famous pecorino cheese and Montepulciano with his prized Vino Nobile. And just with one hour drive you can reach the Tyrrhenian coast with its beautiful beach resorts.
Just 10 Km away is Rapolano Terme, a renowned spa where you can rejuvenate your body and soul with the waters of the Terme di San Giovanni and the Antica Querciolaia. Each spa has various facilities including thermal pools at 39 C°, pools with different temperatures, health and beauty center with classical and oriental massages, manicures and pedicures, mud baths, whirlpool baths and sulfur baths.

The Chianti Area
The Chianti territory lies between the provinces of Florence and Siena, west of Val di Pesa and Val d'Elsa. A characteristic of this part of Tuscany is the charming succession of villages, vineyards and hills, in a suggestive medieval atmosphere. Here are the historical production centers of one of the most famous Italian wines, and every street leads to a cellar, a castle and an agritourism whose name appears on the label together with the famous Gallo Nero wine label identifying the Chianti of excellence. Chianti has no clearly identifiable boundaries on basis of morphological, geological or climatic criteria. The only common element of the region is, since the twelfth century, the production of a high quality wine, while the name, derived from the Etruscan Clante-i, is mentioned for the first time in eighth century documents defining the territories of the ancient Lega (League), an administrative area comprising today the towns of Radda, Gaiole and Castellina. In the nineteenth century the region began to extend towards the Val di Greve, the valleys of the Pesa and of Arbia, which were territories with fine wine producers too. The "Consortium for the defense of the typical Chianti wine and its original brand", formed in 1924 taking as emblem the black rooster in a gold field of the ancient League, delimited precisely the officially recognized area of production: it covers 73,043 hectares, of which 30,412 form the Florentine Chianti Classico, 42,631 the Sienese Chianti. A trip to the Tuscan food tradition should begin from the Chianti hills, where, throughout history, foods traditionally for the poor people were ennobled to the point of becoming delicious ingredients of the international nouvelle cuisine. Just think of very typical dishes like ribollita, the filled neck, chicken livers, and the prized tripe.