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Castle of Vertine

When I want go to Chianti I always stop in Vertine, a small castle near Gaiole in Chianti. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and its really beautiful.

A bit of history

The first time the castle was included in a document was in 1013 and then again 1049 when it was attributed to Pietro di Pietro. Then in 1203 the castle became property of the famous Ricasoli family, that owned it since modern times.

During the 17th century the defensive walls were reinforced and restored and since then much has been changed. Vertine preserves its original medieval look enclosed in the massive walls.

What to see

What I like about Vertine is that is still alive and people live inside the castle. There are no shops or other tourist attractions expect one cafè serving also fresh cakes. I think this is its real beauty.

Castle of Vertine

Castle of  Vertine

Church of San Bartolomeo a Vertine

Church of San Bartolomeo a Vertine

Castle of Vertine

Castle of Vertine

You can still see part of the walls, the keep arising next to the ancient gates to access the castle. Inside there is the Church of San Bartolomeo a Vertine, dating back to 11th century whose facade was rebuilt during 20th century in a Neo-Romanesque style. Inside you can admire part of renaissance frescoes by the Florentine school, while the beautiful Madonna dei Raccomandati by Simone Martini and the triptych by Neri di Bicci are now at the National Picture Gallery in Siena.

View from Vertine

View from Vertine

Details

To reach Vertine you should drive to Gaiole in Chianti, by taking the state road Chiantigiana SS 408. When you are in Gaiole take the uphill street next to the church called Via Aldo Moro, and drive for about 3km.

The GPS coordinates are:
Latitude 43° 28′ 10,91″ N
Longitude 11° 25′ 03,23″ E

Castle of Vertine

Castle of Vertine

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    October 9, 2015. Friday. Volpaia > Gaiole and Vertine. The Last Supper. | Jpw2013
    October 29, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    […] Vertine is another kettle of sardines. It’s tiny, a few miles from Gaiole and on top of a hill, of course. There’s not much about it on the web, probably because there’s only one cafe and a high-end B-and-B, Castello Vetine, which also offers a cottage for rent. On this quiet afternoon, it’s kind of hard to tell how much real life there is in the hamlet, but there are signs of some — a kid’s bicycle in front of a stone house, elfin cars squeezed into bookcase-sized spaces. There’s a neat little church, San Bartolomeo, apparently rebuilt, or built anew, in the 1930s, when a couple pieces of valuable art were relocated to Siena. The village feels terribly inviting, in the way Castellina felt inviting, and we allow ourselves to imagine living here for a time, plugging into the quiet rhythms and, presumably, the intrigues. […]

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    October 9, 2015. Friday. Volpaia > Gaiole and Vertine. We finally meet the chef. | gonzosinitaly
    November 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    […] Vertine is another kettle of anchovies. It’s tiny, a few miles from Gaiole and on top of a hill, of course. […]

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    Discover Chianti:Unconventional Places in Chianti | TooMuchTuscany
    February 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    […] The small hamlet of Vertine is a residential village located near Gaiole in Chianti. It preserves its original look and offers […]

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