Chianti

The region is an invaluable treasure for those who are interested in exploring the eno-gastronomic culture of Tuscany.

See also: Wine tourism#Italy

With serious competition only from a few neighboring regions in Tuscany and from Piedmont, Chianti is one of Italy's prime wine regions. The best way to tour the wineries and sample their products is on the last Sunday of May when many producers throughout Italy open their doors for the festival of Cantine Aperte. Tastings are free and reservations unnecessary, so if you like wine and happen to be in Tuscany at the time, this is a fantastic opportunity for you. You should however keep in mind that not all the wine produced in Chianti is exceptional and that some of the best producers do not even participate in Cantine Aperte, so it makes sense to plan ahead and be choosy.

Olive groves are also the region's pride, and while it is not normally possible to visit an oil press, olive oil can be purchased directly from the producers. Olives are pressed in November and December and the olio nuovo or new oil, which is very piquant for the first several months, is especially prized on bruschetta and ribollita.

Helicopter tour of Chianti
Via Torino 2, Milano, 20100 Italy
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If you want to see some of the best sights of the region, you can take a day trip to Chianti from Florence, which starts with a helicopter tour of the area and then continues with a guided safari-style tour of the countryside, wine tasting at the Fontodi Farm and a dinner at a famous local restaurant.