The charming yet unusual beauty of Chianti is the result of a long history of human activity; the locals have been working on the land for centuries to make it what it is today. Especially famous for its wine, this area of Tuscany offers some truly unique landscapes. It combines simple natural beauty with the splendour of the elaborately-decorated houses which are dotted across the region. If you come to Chianti, you could stay in one of many 'agritourism' sites tucked away deep in the countryside, where you will be able to take in the fresh air and enjoy the organic food.
Chianti is world famous for its production of high quality wines: in the photo, a vineyard© Fotosearch / Age Fotostock
A farm in Chianti: in addition to the wineries, the area also has a large number of oil presses© Ellen Isaacs / age fotostock
Crossing the Chianti hills on horseback between the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo© Corbis / age fotostock
Chianti is an area rich in villages and picturesque little towns. The village of Greve in Chianti is one of the most beautiful places in the region.© Michael Kupke / age fotostock
Chianti Classico is one of Italy's best-known and most popular red wines around the world.© Keith Levit / age fotostock