The famous Italian region of Chianti, Tuscany, is a rural region lying between Firenze and Siena. Chianti, world renowned for its wine, is divided into two sections, Chianti Fiorentino and Chianti Senese, the heart of Tuscany. Chianti Senese is a beautiful region around Siena, with landscapes ranging from lush rolling hills and wide plains to the soaring hills of Radda and Gaiole, making Chianti Senese ideal for cycling holidays.
Walking, horse riding and cycling holidays keep the holiday houses and rental villas of Chianti Senese busy all year round. The stunning, varied and unspoilt landscape of Chianti Senese lends itself perfectly for relaxing strolls and slightly more strenuous rides. However, when you return from a hard day touring the region, there is nothing better than relaxing in a luxury villa in Chianti Senese with a glass or two of Chianti wine, straight from the surrounding vineyards. This is predominantly a rural region, and agrotourism has taken off in a large way. Farm holidays to Chianti Senese are very popular, and there is some magnificent local produce to cook with in a self catering holiday house. As a result, there are now a range of expert cooking courses available when you stay in holiday accommodation in Chianti Senese.
The rivers of Ombrone, Ambra, Bozzone, Gena and Pese cross Chianti Senese giving walkers and hikers a ready made set of routes, and fabulous places to use a fishing rod. A holiday rental in Chianti Senese allows not only the exploration of some of Tuscany’s best loved cities like Siena and Florence, but they are also within an hour of the famous Tuscan beaches to the west.
Wine testing and vineyard tours are of course hugely popular and hugely interesting options from a holiday rental in Chianti, and there are plenty on offer, often offering tasting lessons.
Chianti Senese has a history lasting back to before 2,000BC, which is evident in the numerous Etruscan and medieval sites, castles, villages, churches and rural villas. The Castle of Brolio is possible the most picturesque example in the area, set in a sublime rural setting, well worth visiting from any of the self catering villas in Chianti Senese.
Summers in Chianti Senese are blissfully hot, with daily averages in July and August soaring above 30°C on most days. Winters are cold though, but this does not stop a holiday villa in Chianti Senese being a great rural base for family holidays exploring the cities of Siena and Florence.
Florence Airport is the closest to the holiday rental villas of Chianti Senese, being within 45 minutes. There are many excellent options for cheap flights to Chianti Senese from across the UK.