Palazzo San Niccolo, Radda in Chianti ****
Set within the walls of a gorgeous medieval palace in the heart of the Siena countryside, this 4-star hotel in Chianti offers accommodation within easy reach of Tuscany's major centres of art. There is a timeless atmosphere here and original features, including the frescoes, make for an unforgettable experience. View hotel
Double rooms from €78
Hotel Relais Vignale, Radda In Chianti ****
This hotel in Chianti is set in the midst of spectacular wine country just outside the pretty town of Radda in Chianti. Originally the manor house of a large wine estate, the hotel buildings have been carefully restored to enhance the original character and architectural features, Hotel Relais Vignale... View hotel
Double rooms from €53
Hotel Il Borgo di Vescine, Radda in Chianti ****
This hotel near Radda in Chianti is idyllically located right in the heart of Chianti Classico country. This is sun-kissed rolling countryside made up of vineyards and olive groves, wooded hills and sleepy villages. The business of the area is wine - look out for the roadside signs inviting you... View hotel
Double rooms from €140
One of the towns at the heart of the Chianti wine producing area, Radda in Chianti is as affluent and comfortable as its neighbours Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Cavriglia, Gaiole in Chianti and Greve in Chianti. Note the alacrity with much the towns attach the 'Chianti' handle to their names. It's good business of course (Chianti is one of the world's most recognisable wine names) and it unfailingly conjures a picture in the mind of the visitor. When northern Europeans and Americans conjure a vision of a paradisaical Italy they probably think of the rolling green hills, regimented ranks of vines and clusters of olive groves that typify this corner of Tuscany. They also think of the walled medieval tidiness of little cities such as Radda in Chianti.
The walls and the covered perimeter walkway all bear witness to the turbulent state of medieval central Italy, when Florence and Siena battled for control of strategic towns such as Radda. Today, Umbria and Tuscany are comfortable and peaceful places - Siena and Florence merely beautiful cities that you will explore on your days out from Radda. So, apart from the ubiquitous Chianti wine, what else is there to do here? The town is centred on the Piazza Ferrucci, and facing this main square is the Palazzo Comunale (city hall in effect) with its shield-clad and frescoed facade. There are some good restaurants too - check out the Girarrosto, the Villa Miranda, the Vignale and Le Vigne. Best yet, just ask at the desk of your hotel ... they'll know the places to eat, to drink and enjoy. It's a splendidly relaxing little town and you are surrounded by some of the world's great scenery. You'll run out of holiday before you run out of beautiful cities and towns to explore too - but Florence and Siena and the Chianti towns must be on your list.