Breakfast in hotel. You will meet with your tour guide.
Visit to Badia in Coltibuono. Near the ruins of the ancient abbey, converted into a villa, survives a Romanesque church with the massive bell tower. Saint Lorenzo’s church was erected in 1049 by the will of the Firidolfi, feudal lords of the area, who in 1095 also built a hostel for pilgrims. At the beginning of the fifteenth century, the monastery had almost no monks: the institute, poorly managed, had suffered the ongoing wars between Siena and Firenze. Later, in order to give it life at least economically, it was given to high prelates, including Giovanni de ‘Medici, the future Leone X. When Siena was under Firenze rule, the monks enlarged and restored the property. In 1710 the cellars were built, and are still in used today.
Next, visit to Brolio Castle in Chianti owned by Baron Ricasoli. You will visit the gardens, the chapel and the Ricasoli collection. (wine tasting included).
The start of construction of the Brolio Castle in Chianti dates back to the middle Ages. The castle came into possession of the Ricasoli thanks to an exchange of lands in 1141. Being on the boundary between the territories of Siena and Firenze, Brolio soon becomes a battlefield of all conflicts of the time, representing the Florentine bastion against the fearsome Siena. The 240 hectares of vineyards that are part of the farm’s land, the largest of Chianti Classico, surround the castle: Near the castle, in the “cutting-edge cellars “, the same method which allowed in 1872 Bettino Ricasoli to invent the formula of chianti is still carried out.
Return to the hotel, and dinner.