Green, smooth hills, red vineyards, tall cypress trees, sleeping villages and mystic castles ARE WAITING FOR YOU... there is no other ROMANTIC place for running and chilling in a landscape as sweet as the CHIANTI is.
Join an unique and unforgettable running event... jump into a crazy crowd of the Chianti Trail, which is the most wanted in Italy.... and at the same time walking/running in between pure nature along vineyards and cypress trees up and down the hills of Tuscany, the most beautiful countryside of the world.
6 events offered to everybody's needs and legs, take place during the weekend 16-17-18 October. They start from Castelnuovo Berardenga, only 9 miles far from Siena, one of the most beautiful middle-age city in Italy.
There are 3 competitive running events:
ECOMARATONA DEL CHIANTI 42 km, the most frequented of Italy, even from locals
CHIANTI TRAIL 21km
TRAIL DEL LUCA 14km
plus 3 more, non competitive races:
ARCENO NORDIC WALKING, 11km
PASSEGGIANDO PER CANTINE, 8km
PASSEGGIANDO PER CANTINE is for those who would like to enjoy Tuscan Flavors of food and wine, participating at the Wine Cellar Walk. It’s a funny walk and lunch itinerary visiting seven wine cellars where you will taste traditional Tuscany plates and the unbeatable local wine productions. On the way back to the village you can visit a local market with typical products.
The route will take you on paths (only 2.5 km of asphalt) through some of the most important and historical places and very impressive landscapes of this corner in Tuscany.
We start from the town’s main square, and after a short path through the Senese Crete, we arrive at the Monteaperti memorial stone (10th km) dedicated to the historical battle between Siena and Firenze in 1260, described by Dante in the Divine Comedy.
We continue towards the Chianti area and arrive at Montegiachi, a beautiful fortified castle (300 mt above sea); afterwards we reach the estates of Poggiobonelli, Calcinaia and Pagliarese and finally arrive at Villa a Sesta.
Here the hardest climb waits for us (1.5km of stones) leading us to the fortress of Sestaccia, and from there to the highest point, Campi (646 mt). Then, a long descent brings us to San Gusmè, a beautiful medieval village completely restored that offers a wonderful view on the Chianti hills. We go up and down on paths until we reach the estate of Arceno.
There you will be surprised by a beautiful panorama: a road with cypress trees that goes for 1km.
The day before the event (Saturday afternoon), the race numbers will be given and later there will be a Pasta Party with the presentation of the itinerary.
On Sunday departure at 9.30 for a maximal time of 8 hours.
900 mt difference in level - Good roads and technically easy, it is suitable for every kind of shoes.
For people who would like to do trial but not 42 km, we have organized a 10 km and a 18 km race that will take place on the route of the ECOMARATONA.
Situated in central-southern Tuscany, the Province of Siena extends over some of the most famous and fascinating Tuscan territories, e.g. the southern hills of Chianti, Val d’Elsa and Val di Merse, Val d'Arbia, Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia, right up to the slopes of Mount Amiata.
Siena is a magnificent city of art with characteristic alleys, wards (rioni) and towers, artisan shops and buildings that make it a not-to-be-missed touristic destination for Italians and foreigners. Moving through Siena’s lands and immersing yourself in this atmosphere is a magical adventure, a trip through many landscapes, from dense woodlands to old farms, from clay hills to stupendous paths.
THE GREAT CHARM OF THE CHIANTI VALLEY
Located between Florence and Siena, the Chianti Valley has always been considered the heart of old Tuscany, well-renowned around the world for its famous wines.
A rich history and wine tradition from the 13th century have made this area an ideal place for those who wish to undertake original trips amid vineyards, hills and characteristic little villages. Within each of these small towns you may run into cellars, castles or simple farmhouses whose names are tied the renowned Gallo Nero brand, symbol of the Chianti of excellence.
The valley offers views of great charm: vineyard-covered hills, magnificent forests of chestnuts and oaks, and picturesque Medieval villages rich in artistic testimonies, for instance, Greve in Chianti with its old triangular-shaped piazza lined with town houses, porticoes and loggias.
RADDA AND CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI
Another typical town is Radda in Chianti, still finding pride in its original town wall, its ancient village charm, the Podestà Palace and long-standing Castle. Not to mention its two simple yet intriguing Romanesque Parish churches (pieve). Castellina in Chianti is also quite worthy of a visit, for it boasts a rather distinctive central piazza intersected by the Medieval Via delle Volte and Gaiole in Chianti. And nearby are historic castles (in Fonterutoli and in San Leonino).
CHIANTI - THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN WINE
Chianti is home to probably the best-known and most iconic Italian wines in the world.
Although is a wine of ancient origin, Chianti has been recognized by its geographical area only since the Middle Ages.
The zone was officially demarcated by Cosimo Medici III in the early 18th Century, and the wine’s defining character came about under the craftsmanship of Barone Ricasoli in the late 19th century.
Back then, it was made using a wide range of local varieties, including white grapes, and eventually became the Chianti DOC in 1967.
The Sienese cuisine is based on natural flavors and aromas, making abundant use of garlic and aromatic herbs like wild fennel and tarragon. The area is also home to producers of one of the best extra-virgin olive oils in Italy.
Typical delicacies are Pici (thick handmade spaghetti), ribollita (a vegetable and bean soup) served with bruschetta, mixed roasts, stewed or grilled game, cacio pecorino, Val di Merse's minestraccia (a bean and vegetable dish), mushrooms, Val d’Elsa tripe and Monticiano wild boar, and cold cuts made with the Cinta Senese, the famed black pig with a white stripe, depicted in some famous 15th-Century paintings.
And then, how can we not mention the Chianina cow that is the biggest bovine in the world for dimensions.
The excellent local wine production includes five DOCGs: Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Classico, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the first wine to be assigned the DOCG certification. Moreover, the Province of Siena produces three types of high quality extra-virgin oil: Chianti Classico DOP, Terre di Siena DOP and Toscano IGP.
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