Camping in the Chianti area between Siena and Florence
What to see during your holidays in Tuscany
Tuscany is a land of ancient traditions, with a fascinating history spanning the centuries. The Tuscan land is genuine and prosperous, and for this reason it is a privileged place for tourism and families looking for a special holiday in Italy. Located near the town of Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti, and set along the Chiantigiana road between Monteriggioni and the nearby provinces of Florence and Siena, Luxor Chianti Village is a natural setting for your adventurous camping holiday. In the middle of a dense oak forest on the Trasqua hill – near Castellina in Chianti – our campsite is immersed in the incredible natural beauty that makes Tuscany a privileged place to spend your holidays.
Along the roads leading to the Luxor Chianti Village you will be thrilled with stunning views of the Sienese countryside: the bright tones color the landscape drawn by vineyards and olive groves, while the countless churches and cultivated fields design the space together with the cypresses. By virtue of the different altitudes and characteristics of the climate, the Chianti area is also one of the best areas for the production of quality wine, such as the renowned Chianti Classico.
Along with the natural beauty of the Tuscan hills, Luxor Chianti Village shows its international character enjoying a strategic position to discover a territory rich in historical and archaeological sites of Etruscan and Roman times, of marvelous medieval churches, of villages and towns that have remained intact for centuries .
For those who love historical holidays and the discovery of curiosities about new territories, the Archaeological Museum of Chianti – with its exhibitions – is the perfect testimony of the ancient history of the Sienese Chianti towns of Castellina, Gaiole, Radda and Castelnuovo Berardenga. The camping area is also located in the road network of the famous Via Francigena, the most important medieval road that connected Rome to the heart of Europe. The historical and cultural heritage of the surrounding cities will make your holiday in Tuscany even more special, starting from Siena and winding through the picturesque path that crosses the Val d’Arbia, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and the Val d’Elsa.
Due to its geographical position, equidistant from both Siena and Florence, Luxor Chianti Village is the best place to take a break, reaching without any problem all the best destinations in Tuscany, a wonderful land to discover, the perfect place to detoxify from hectic life, relax, and spend a fantastic family vacation. And what’s better than doing it outdoors in our village nestled in the Chianti hills?
Siena is one of the most charming cities in Italy, thanks to its artistic beauty, its history and its culture. Siena is characterized by a unique medieval style, which shows itself in particular in the days of the Palio, the horse race that takes place twice a year in summer in the famous Piazza del Campo.
The symbol of the city of Siena is a shield divided into two black and white vertical parts, called ‘balzana’. According to legend, this symbol represents the black and white smoke caused by the fire lit by the two founders Senio and Ascanio as thanks to the gods after the city was founded. The architectural and artistic beauties of the city of Siena are concentrated in the historic center, which can be easily explored on foot. The heart of the city is the ancient Piazza del Campo: the square is famous for its particular shell shape divided into nine segments, since it was paved during the period of the so-called “government of the Nine”. Also in Piazza del Campo you can admire the Fonte Gaia, decorated by the sculptor Jacopo della Quercia, whose name derives from the general astonishment of the Sienese people when they first saw water flowing out of a public fountain. On the opposite side of the Fonte is the Palazzo Pubblico, built by the government of the Nine and today home to the civic museum and municipal administration. On the left of the Palazzo Comunale stands the Torre del Mangia, 102 meters high and named after its first custodian Mangiaguadagni, famous for having enjoyed the dishes of the local cuisine just as he squandered his earnings at the table. Near Piazza del Campo there are Palazzo Piccolomini (now home to the State Archive) and the Logge del Papa, commissioned by the Sienese Pope Pio II Piccolomini. Another famous place in the city is the Duomo, built in a Roman-Gothic style: inside it is possible to visit a series of monuments such as the Piccolomini library, the Crypt, the floor full of works of art, the Museo dell’Opera and the Facciatone. On the opposite side of the Duomo you can visit the ancient hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, now used as a museum complex that hosts various exhibitions during the year. Finally, for excursion lovers, it is possible to go urban trekking, getting lost in the characteristic alleys, discovering hidden corners of the city with breathtaking views.
With a small detour from Siena, we set off to discover the ancient and famous Via Francigena, the road used by pilgrims heading to Rome. The Via Francigena connects Tuscany to Rome through the medieval villages of Chianti in Val d’Elsa, the historic center of Siena and the Crete Senesi area, the Val d’Arbia and the famous Val d’Orcia.
There are many testimonies of Castellina in Chianti dating back to medieval times. The first certain documents date back to the 11th century, when the area was a fief of the nobles of the Castello del Trebbio, a family related to the Guidi counts. In the twelfth century, Castellina in Chianti came under the influence of Florence and in 1193 an agreement was signed between the lords of Trebbio and Florence in which the Florentines were granted the task of militarily guarding the castles of Trebbio and Castiglione (now Castellina in Chianti ). After the Lodo di Poggibonsi of 1203, an act in which the Chianti borders between Florence and Siena were sanctioned, Castellina found itself to be one of the most important Florentine outposts since it was placed on the most direct road connecting the two rival cities.
In the 14th century, Castellina in Chianti became one of the cornerstones of the Lega del Chianti, so much so that it was at the head of one of the contractors in which it was divided. The Terziere of Castellina administered the part of the Chianti that slopes down towards the Valdelsa. In 1397 it was sacked and completely burned by the troops of the Duke of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti commanded by Alberico da Barbiano. In 1400 it was then decided to fortify the town. Today you can stroll among the medieval streets teeming with shops and food and wine specialties; don’t miss the covered walkway from whose windows you can admire one of the most beautiful landscapes of the whole Tuscany. A stop in Castellina in Chianti can not be separated from a visit to some of the numerous wine bars in the area, for a wine tasting accompanied by a nice cut of cold cuts: the area is in fact known for the great Norcina art of Chianti, capable of offering cold cuts with an unforgettable taste.
The medieval town of Monteriggioni is situated on a hill of vineyards and olive groves, in the center of Tuscany, clearly visible from the Siena – Florence highway and the Via Cassia. In the distance, the first striking thing about this village is its immense walls, characterized by 14 towers that surround it like a stone crown. Visitors can take walks along the walls, thanks to a path created in the inner part of the castle walls, admiring the beautiful hilly landscape of the Chianti area, the Montagnola Senese and reading the history of the city even mentioned in the Divine Comedy by the great poet Dante Alighieri. The Castle of Monteriggioni was built by the Sienese around 1200 by order of the podestà Guelfo Da Porcari, mainly as a defensive purpose, so much so as to have been for centuries a cause of clash between Siena and Florence. The castle is accessed via two doors: one facing Florence (Porta Fiorentina or San Giovanni) and the other towards Siena (Porta Franca or Romea).
Today the village is still inhabited and develops around a large central square, Piazza Roma, where the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta overlooks. The square is surrounded by gardens and vegetable gardens, very important in the past for the survival of the town, and by numerous shops selling handicrafts and typically medieval objects. Monteriggioni is located on the Via Francigena, the most important medieval road that led pilgrims to Rome; more precisely, from Monteriggioni passes the section that from Piazza Roma leads to Piazza del Campo in Siena, for a total of about 21 km. Every year, towards the end of June, the medieval festival “Monteriggioni di torri si corona“ is organized in the castle, where it is possible to admire the ancient crafts (blacksmiths, carpenters, apothecaries, dyers and others) that create objects on the spot using only tools and historical instruments, creating the atmosphere of a low medieval market where everyone is dressed in costumes era. At the entrance, round the walls and around the village you will find medieval guards, while the castle comes alive with street shows, historical parades and music.
The territory of the municipality of Monteriggioni is very vast, reaching up to Quercegrossa, the Val d’Elsa and the Sienese area. Nearby are less known but very beautiful and evocative places like Abbadia a Isola, where there is a church dedicated to San Salvatore and Cirino; Scarna, where in the sixties was discovered an Etruscan necropolis with about thirty tombs excavated in the tuff dating back to the 4th century BC; the fourteenth-century Castello della Chiocciola characterized by a quadrangular tower surrounded by battlements, which takes its name from the typical staircase leading to the floors of the main tower; the Villa of Santa Colomba, residence of Pandolfo Petrucci, with a series of frescoes dating back to the XIII and XIV centuries, including a representation of Sant’Ansano, the Patron Saint of Siena, the only representation of the Saint outside the city walls .