Gaiole in Chianti was voted number 1 by Forbes Magazine in its list of most idyllic places to live in Europe. Located in central Tuscany, Italy, 40km from Florence and 15km from Siena it is a perfect base from which to explore the whole Tuscany region including Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Cortona. It is located along the river Massellone and was historically an important market centre for nearby towns & villages. It now contains a small supermarket, delicatessens, espresso bars, restaurants, banks and a pharmacy.
Gaiole in Chianti is surrounded by wine estates open to visitors and wine tastings including the nearby Castello di Brolio. Founded by the Longobards, it has been home to the noble Ricasoli family since the 12th Century and the famous winemaker Baron Bettino Ricasoli created the recipe that is still Chianti Classico wine.
Gaiole in Chianti is also located in prime road and mountain cycling territory and is famous for its annual white road cycling race called L’Eroica.