Gaiole in Chianti is a small town of two thousand people in the heart of the Sienese Chianti. The centre was founded between 1200’s and 1300’s. The first mention of the Gaiole territory comes from 1086 in an act of donation from the nearby Abbey of Coltibuono, however, it was only at the end of the 12th century that the village of Gaiole began to develop on the road which runs from Valdarno to Chianti, as a place of exchange for the nearby castles, and it was recorded in a document dated 1215 as a market.
Gaiole continues to develop, today, as it did in the past, principally along one road, the Ricasoli, where the entire commercial and social life of the town takes place. Besides the charm of the old houses, the river and the urban surroundings that are a reminder of medieval merchant activity.
During the year many events take place in Gaiole. From gastronomic shows to wine tasting, from local street festivals to concerts, L’eroica the historical bicycle race, the events which offer an opportunity to soak up the Chianti traditions are many and varied. Visitors can experience unforgettable moments with a tangible and authentic party atmosphere.
From Gaiole, all of Tuscany is within easy reach, including Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, along with some of the region's most famous vineyards.
Gaiole in Chianti has just been chosen by an expert panel from Forbes.com as 'Europe's Most Idyllic Place to Live'.
For the freshest ingredients from the Italian countryside there is no place like Gaiole, it has a little of everything in the landscape, from rolling hill tops cradling olive groves to grain-filled plains and this is reflected in the quality and variety of cuisine available. For those who love eating well, come to Gaiole in Chianti and take advantage of the typical food stores and producers in the area.
The Borgo offers a unique concept of a ‘village inside a village', as narrow Tuscan style passageways are throughout with original ‘pietra serena' stone and wrought iron treills. You can live the real Tuscan experience through the traditional style of a Chianti hamlet, and is located right on the hill facing the village Gaiole in Chianti and is the natural extension of the existing village.