The Municipality of Radda in Chianti
Province of Siena
Altitude center: 530 m a.s.l.
The Municipality is part of:
Città del vino
Municipality of Radda in Chianti
Piazza F. Ferrucci 1 - Radda in Chianti (SI)
Tel. +39 0577 783791
Radda in Chianti, a spectacular medieval village, was once the capital of the Chianti region. Enveloped by mighty walls, the village is located on the top of a hill that divides the valleys of Arbia and Pesa.
The area around the village has ancient origins, as shown by the archaeological area of Poggio la Croce where the remains of an ancient village emerged.
By the fall of the Roman Empire, in the fifth century, small agglomerations of rural character had already formed in the area which still exist today; these countries were Castelvecchi, Monterinaldi, Volpaia and the same Radda.
Between the 9th and 10th centuries the area of Radda saw the birth of the feudal society that involved the fortification of the villages.
The archaeological area of Poggio la Croce is located near the road that leads from Castellina in Chianti to Radda in Chianti.
It is placed on the top of the aforementioned hill. In this area a multi-layered archaeological site was discovered in which the oldest human presence in the Chianti area was identified.
The area has been inhabited since the Copper Age. In addition to that period, evidence of a shepherd village dating back to the end of the Bronze Age emerged. In addition to the previous ones, the area appears to have been inhabited also in the Protovillanovian period (XI century BC), of which the remains of two buildings have emerged but also the foundations of a gateway to the village, a fortification and some remains of a wine press.
NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.