The Gaiole in Chianti area
There are over 100 wine producers in Gaiole commune alone forming the backbone of the local economy, ranging from the renowned Castello d'Ama and Castello di Brolio through to many small family vineyards.
A trading centre for local business, Gaiole offers five restaurants, three cafe bars, a pub, two delicatessens, a great value take away pizzeria, a tourist office, pharmacy, ATMs and local shopping catering for all local delicacies and holiday needs.
Famous for it's cycling festival, L'Eroica held every year during the first weekend in October, the village also hosts frequent concerts and produce festivals throughout the year.
It is an excellent centre for walking and cycling holidays (try some of the L'Eroica route yourselves with our free to use cycles); the Siena-Florence long distance footpath runs along the ridge above the village, and walking notes are provided for a number of circular routes around Gaiole. There is a maze of waymarked 'strada bianchi' (unsurfaced roads) criss-crossing the surrounding hills and valleys just waiting to be explored.
If you are not that energetic, Gaiole is the local base for 'Tuscany Scooter Rental' where you can hire a bright red Vespa on a daily basis! Check out www.tuscanyscooterrental.com (see link on 'About Us')
Vineyards and olive groves abound, amongst which sit the majestic Florintine castles of Meleto, Brolio and others. From the atmospheric ruins of of Castello di Montegrossi perched high above the village, you can look down on your accommodation and wonder at the magic of Chianti.
Directions from Pisa Airport (2hrs):
Flights are also available to Florence (1.25hrs, but more expensive), Perugia (1.5hrs, but only three times a week in summer), Bologna (2.5hrs) and Rome (3.5hrs).