History and gastronomy in Chianti
San Casciano in Val di Pesa, a town in Chianti between Florence and Siena, is a real gem of central Italy. This traditional medieval centre is renowned for producing typical wines, extra virgin olive oil and other agricultural products. But good food and elite products are not the only sources of pride for this small town: after a wine tasting or a delicious lunch, there are many sights to admire.
The town lies in a hilly area inhabited since Etruscan and then Roman times. Walking around the centre, you are sure to be fascinated by the numerous monuments, parish churches, villas, castles and city walls that, despite the devastation suffered during World War II, still show their extraordinary beauty.
The major sights are the Collegiate Church of San Cassiano, the Church of the Misericordia and the Church of Santa Maria del Gesù. Nearby, in the L’Albergaccio suburb of San Casciano, you will find the residence of Niccolò Machiavelli. Other places of interest in the vicinity include Castello di Bibbione with the nearby Bowman’s Grave dating from Etruscan times, Castello di Gabbiano, Castello di Pergolato and Castello di Montefiridolfi.