The central part of the country, where Tuscany is located, is considered one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Characteristic for this region are green, beautiful hills famous for vineyards and olive groves. It is in the Tuscan sun that the best grapes and olives ripen, the taste and aroma of which can be found in the local fine wines and excellent oils known all over the world.
Tuscany is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The Etruscans developed agriculture and viticulture in these areas. Then the local land was adapted by the Greeks who came here with their own seedlings. These areas were also under the rule of the Romans, who built a network of roads enabling trade with other regions and countries.
Tuscan wines and olive oil
The most exclusive Tuscan wine is Brunello di Montalcino - high-quality, selected wine from the Siena area. This is one of the most expensive Italian wines, produced exclusively from the Sangiovese grape variety, which matures for up to 10 years.
In some wines, Sangiovese grapevines are additionally combined with other varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah. Most often they are made of Chianti or Chianti Classico . The name of this wine comes from the Tuscan hills. The wine produced there is dry, intensely ruby red and enriched with a light note of the scent of violets.
Most wines made from grapes ripening in the Chianti hills are marked with the symbol "Gallo Nero" (black rooster), which guarantees the authenticity of the wines from this region. Chianti and Chianti Classico wines are distinguished by the best, precisely selected blend of grapes , as well as long aging, which is at least 27 months.
Other Tuscan wines, valued for their excellent taste, include: Vernaccia of San Gimignano , Orcia, Vino Nobile of Montepulciano and Brunello of Montalcino. White wines are also produced in Tuscany, although they are not as famous as red wines. The most famous of them is Vernaccia di San Gimignano with a crisp, dry taste, made from Vernaccia grapes.
Tuscany is a region also associated with the production of olive oil . As with wine, Chianti is the most famous production area. The taste of the oil is influenced by the rocky soil, the appropriate distance from the salty sea breeze and the young age of the trees.
The oil produced in Chianti is usually deep green with a hint of gold, and the taste can be felt with the aromas of herbs, artichoke, dried fruit and almonds. In Tuscany, such types of oil are grown as Leccino, Frantoio, Moraiolo, Pendolino .
Camping Norcenni Girasole Club
If you want to stay longer in the picturesque country of Chianti, in the vicinity of vineyards and olive groves, it is worth finding comfortable accommodation. About 5 km from the town of Figline Valdarno , which was described by Dante Alighieri in "The Divine Comedy", is Camping Norcenni Girasole Club . The resort covers an area of 10 hectares, and is surrounded by olive plantations, vineyards, and there are many villas surrounded by cypress trees.
At the campsite, we can rent a comfortable and fully equipped holiday home with a kitchenette, bathroom and air conditioning , or a plot with the necessary connections (electricity, sanitary facilities).
The center has many attractions for children, incl. playground , mini club, trampoline, paddling pool for children. Adults, on the other hand, can use the swimming pool complex , jacuzzi, sauna, and also have fun at the disco or sing during karaoke evenings.
Camping Norcenni Girasole Club is the perfect place to practice sports. After visiting the vineyards and tasting the specialties of the local cuisine, you can burn unnecessary calories by going on a bicycle trip or using the volleyball , basketball or football field. The resort also provides entertainment for horse riding and tennis lovers.
On the campsite, you can taste Tuscan food and wine at one of the four restaurants , and order Italian pizza at a very popular pizzeria there. The camp bar is waiting for lovers of tasty, quick snacks. People resting in the resort also have a well-stocked grocery store at their disposal, where you can buy fresh bread.
At Norcenni Girasole Club you will also find a gift shop, hairdressing services and an ATM. The location is the perfect base from which to explore historic Tuscany and discover the delicious local wines and delicious Italian food.
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