martedì 17 giugno 2014

Why visit a truly tuscan village on the Pisan Chianti hills

Tuscany is a worldwide famous holiday destination and for many this is represented by a few iconic places of this beautiful region, but there are lots of little areas, country villages, small hamlets that need to be explored and appreciated for their culture, history and tradition, one of these is Terricciola.

Terricciola's village origins are Etruscans as witnessed by the numerous tombs and artifacts found in the area two centuries ago, which testify the settlements since the 4th century B.C. Most of these finds can be seen at Center for Archeological Documentation in the close by village of Capannoli.
Of recent discovery is a large Etruscan necropolis with origins dating back to the 4th century B.C. containing several chamber tombs underneath the present-day Piazza Matteotti.

Many documents from medieval times attest the 13th and 14th century fortifications, and its name Terricciola comes, as a matter of fact, from the latin “Turris”, the defensive towers of the village, while the defensive complex originated near the Church of San Donato and the rectory was the highest portion of the fortress.

The older part of the village is characterized by orthogonal little alleys radiating from the center towards the peripheral old walls. Polycentric brick arches and terracotta decorations geometrically designed feature with originality the oldest houses.

Terricciola with more than 500 hectares of vineyards in its territory is a valuable member of the Wine Towns National Association, and the vine varieties cultivated, typically tuscan, such as Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Malvasia and Cilegiolo, bring to the masterly production of excellent wines like Chianti DOCG, Chianti delle Colline Pisane DOCG and Bianco di San Torpè DOCG. The event of Grapes and Wine Festival in September of every year is an appointment not to be missed.

Worth the visit are the Sanctuary of Madonna di Monterosso, the ancient Badia Camaldolese of Morrona with beside the 12th century romanic Church, Villa Gherardi del Testa and Villa Cempini Meazzuoli, the hamlets of Soiana and Casanova.

With the help of a professional “friend” guide like the local tour operator “Arianna & Friends” visiting the area and enjoying the typical products, or joining their tuscan cooking school, can be the perfect way to live an interesting fulfilling holiday through the perception of the local way of life.