The historical archive of Radda in Chianti

The Historical Archive of the Municipality of Radda in Chianti is first and foremost the precious historical memory of the Chianti area and therefore a place of the soul for all those who live there but also for those who visit it from all over the world. Known until recently by a small number of scholars and researchers, following the two projects of enhancement first and restoration then curated by me, a path of recovery and presentation of these historical memories has begun to the attention of the vast public, who is increasingly “thirsty” to learn more about this kind of ancient materials.

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The Medici Fortress of the Girifalco

There has probably been a fortress on the hilltop overlooking Cortona since the 5th or 6th century BC, when the original Etruscan walls followed a course which roughly corresponds to the existing perimeter walls of today. However the first historical records describing a ‘strong and beautiful fortress’ date back to 1258 AD. Having been plundered and sacked several times during the wars with Arezzo it was sold to the Florentine Republic in 1411, together with the entire city of Cortona, although reconstruction work only began in 1527.

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The poetry of Vicchiomaggio

The Castle has been owned since 1964 by the Matta family, who in the 1980s began in the accommodation business with six apartments inside the castle. Currently there are 16 guestrooms, including those inside the castle and the suites in the rectory. Under the walls we find an enchanting swimming pool with a panoramic view over the valley, a delight for the eyes.

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