Gaiole

Gaiole in Chianti 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.


The Gaiole in Chianti 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.

History:
Settlement in the area around Gaiole undoubtedly began in extremely ancient times, as attested by numerous place names of Etruscan and Latin origin as well as by archaeological evidence found at Cacchiano (remains of a 2nd- and 3rd-century cemetery) and at the San Marcellino parish church. The ancient settlements would seem to have been concentrated in the communities of San Giusto in Salcio, San Polo in Rosso and Spaltenna, in the mediaeval diocese of Fiesole, and San Vincenti at Arezzo. All these parish churches have preserved their original floor plans as well as highly interesting traces of Roman structures. Many of the parish chapels that are dependencies of these churches are also noteworthy for the same reason. The countryside around Gaiole is dotted with many castles due to the strong influence of the Firidolfi family, from whom the Ricasolis are descended, and later, by the Florentine Republic’s need for defensive positions. In some cases the ancient castles have been transformed into villas. Among them are Meleto, San Donato in Perano, Rentennano and San Giusto alle Monache. Brolio castle, cradle of the Ricasoli family, is a special case. Its defenses were rebuilt near the end of the 15 C, perhaps by Giuliano da San Gallo, and were one of the first examples of ramparts supplemented by bastions. Baron Bettino Ricasoli rebuilt the castle in the 19 C, converting it into a villa in neo-Gothic style. The existence of so many castles in the immediate area was responsible for the rise of Gaiole as a marketplace. It is located on the valley floor along the road leading from the Chianti area to the upper Arno Valley. Gaiole is mentioned for the first time toward the end of the 11 C.

Gaiole in Chianti and its castles:
Brolio Castle
Meleto Castle

Castle of Tornano:

Tornano Castle Gaiole in ChiantiThe Castle of Tornano stands crowning a hill in the heart of the Chianti area, equipped with one of the most beautiful and particular Keep between all those of the medieval castles of Tuscany. In the first years of the 11th century Tornano was seat of a curtis and its name appears many times, in the documents conserved in the near Abbey of Coltibuono, as place where were stipulated many contracts . The castle was ownership of the senese nobleman Guarnellotto dei Mezzolombardi. He came in contrasts with the emperor Frederick I and in 1167 Tornano was gave in fief to Ranieri de' Firidolfi Ricasoli but Guarnellotto, supported by Siena, maintained the control of this castle and of the nearby castle of Campi.
Only when the castle became part of the Florentine peasantry was subtracted to the control of Guarnellotto, but Siena never renounced to Tornano that, thanks to its position on a hill at control of the Massellone torrent, was one of the most important strongholds on the chessboards of the Chianti region. In the 1229, after a long siege, the Sienese army conquered the castle to loss it definitively only six years after. In 1400 Tornano was strongly fortified by the Ricasoli and during the Aragonese invasions it was never overcome by the enemy troops. There was nothing to do in the 1530 when imperial troops shaved it partially to the ground.


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Accommodations in the area


    • Greve in Chianti (Florence)
    • 12 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Chianti 7 beds

    Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.
    An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.

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    • Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
    • 24 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Valdarno 12 beds

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    The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 86 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 91 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Roccamare Castiglione della Pescaia 12 beds

    Beautiful and characteristic villa with stone finishes located in the exclusive Roccamare area in Castiglione della Pescaia.
    Surrounded by the green of the pine forest and the total privacy with 2000 sqm park equipped with relaxation area and barbecue is located about 400 meters from the sea and has a private beach.

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 92 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Punta Ala 9 beds pool

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    This ideal solution for those who want to spend their holidays near the beautiful sea of Punta Ala with the comforts of an exclusive villa.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 98 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

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    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Viareggio (Lucca)
    • 100 km from Gaiole in Chianti

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 102 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 102 km from Gaiole in Chianti

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    The spacious suites of the villa embellished with charming details and enhanced by modern comforts will make your stay an unforgettable experience.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 103 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 103 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 103 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 103 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Restored Farmhouse Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Beautiful fully restored farmhouse located on the hills of Camaiore. The villa is surrounded by a park of 2500 square meters in which is inserted the beautiful pool.
    Thanks to the dominant position on the valley from the farmhouse you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 103 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 105 km from Gaiole in Chianti

    Villa Massarosa 10 beds pool

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