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Val di Chiana

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The Val di Chiana is a mix of flavours and attractions. The name Val di Chiana is connected to one of the oldest Italian meat: the Chianina.

 

AN AUTHENTIC AND RICH IN RESOURCES TERRITORY

The territory of Val di Chiana or Valdichiana looks like a valley filled with Plains, but also of high reliefs, and covered with a thick blanket of forested. It is crossed by the Canale Maestro della Chiana, followed in parallel from the cycle and hiking trail called the path of reclamation. This is a path which, being free from unevenness, you cross safely. Particularly striking are the two lakes that we encounter in this area: Lago di Montepulciano and Chiusi's Lake, are called "clear" by the people for color that characterizes them.

The Val di Chiana in antiquity was known as "the breadbasket of Etruria" for the productivity of its soil and for the prosperity of its crops. But this land has always had the same appearance: it is thanks to the reclamation of Pietro Leopoldo in the 13th century that he bring it to the land rich in agricultural areas that it is now.

 

THE CARNIVAL OF FOIANO DELLA CHIANA

The most famous event that is celebrated in this land is the "Carnevale di Foiano della Chiana". It turns out to be one of the oldest in Italy, who would be born around the sixteenth century. Attracts people from all over the world for its grandeur and see take the parade, with spectacular choreography along the streets of the village of Foiano della Chiana.

 

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Traditions

Fairs and festivals are celebrated for centuries in honor of the beautiful chianina breed and its area of origin. The most famous fair dedicated to chianina is the "La valle del gigante bianco” that takes place in the town of Bettolle in the province of Siena, in the days of late may, early June. This fair attracts both tourists and businessmen came from every where to admire the majesty of this animal.

 

Typical products

Among the typical it is impossible not to mention the "Chianina meat", an Italian cattle breed, from which we get the prestigious Florentine steak. The Val di Chiana is an area full of olive groves which preserves the tradition of the crop by hand, giving the olive oil taste even more genuine and natural.

Gastronomic level offers a wide range of typical products, such as:

  • The famous wines of Montepulciano (including the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG)
  • The wine Bianco Vergine Valdichiana
  • The typical Tuscan salami of Monte San Savino

 

Municipalities

Includes the regions of Tuscany and Umbria and respectively the provinces of Arezzo, Siena and Perugia, Terni. The territory of the Val di Chiana touches the following municipalities: Cetona, Chianciano Terme, Chiusi, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Cortona, Foiano della Chiana, Lucignano, Marciano della Chiana, Monte San Savino, Montepulciano, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sarteano, Sinalunga, Torrita di Siena, Trequanda.

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Typicality and traditions

Cetona

Chianciano Terme

Chiusi

Civitella in Val di Chiana

Cortona

Foiano della Chiana

Lucignano

Marciano della Chiana

Monte San Savino

Montepulciano

San Casciano dei Bagni

Sarteano

Sinalunga

Torrita di Siena

Trequanda

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