Italy Volpaia, Chianti

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
Volpaia is somewhat hidden. The road that leads to the village is worthwhile in itself and winds its way through vineyards and olive groves. Then, after the umpteenth turn, there is suddenly Volpaia. Or rather, the Castello di Volpaia. Like almost everything in the Chianti region, Volpaia has a long history behind it. It is said that construction of a fortress or castle on this site started as early as the 10th century AD. In the centuries that followed, the importance of Volpaia - strategically located almost on the border between the rival city-states of Florence and Siena - grew in importance. And so the defenses were also expanded. When hostilities between Florence and Siena eventually ceased, Volpaia's defensive function became less important and it continued to develop with churches and residential buildings. This is how Volpaia was created and is now open to visitors: a lovely, small town in a picturesque setting.

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