MORE INFO ABOUT AREA
Rufina-Valdrano is a small area in Tuscany, only 20 kilometers East of Florence. It is part of a greater Chianti region, even though it lies on the opposite side of the city. Known for its wilderness and ridge crests, this region is a perfect soil for the production of wine and it can be considered among Chianti DOCG.
The region is characterized by long-lasting, dry summers with warm days and slightly cooler nights that favor the production of fruity, aromatic wine, which is held in a great esteem and is said to have its own personality.
Its historical importance is confirmed by the 18th century Edict of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. This document classifies this wine of this area as one of the “best four“ Tuscan wines.
Despite being the smallest area of Chianti (covering only around 12.500 hectares, it offers its visitors a variety of landscapes, including beautiful churches (such as Santo Stefano, Santa Maria at Felgano, Pieve of San Bartolomeo at Pomino, Santa Maria del Carmine ai Fossi) and breathtaking castles and villas, one of which is Villa di Poggio Reale.
For all those who enjoy art, wine, gastronomy and wild nature of Apennine slopes, Rufina and Valdrano is a perfect holiday spot.
HOW TO REACH AREA
There are several different ways to reach your holiday villa in Rufina Valdarno area. The Rufina region is easily accessible by car. Coming from the North, the preferred way is to take the A1 highway (Autostrada del Sole), exit at “Florence South” and drive on SP 127 in the direction of Florence and then SS 67, following the signs for Rufina. All those who enjoy Tuscan countryside will see the plain landscape change to mountainous and ridge scenery. Rufina sub region of Chianti is situated in a valley northeast of Florence. If you arrive from the South, the best highway is to take A1 highway in direction of Florence and exit at Incisa. It is then necessary to continue to SS 69 until Leccio and proceed further to SS 67, following the signs for Rufina.
It is also possible to get to the area by train, which is the most affordable solution. The Rufina Train Station has regular and frequent rail connections with Florence and it takes around 35 minutes each way. There is an hourly train service from Santa Maria Novella, the main train station in Florence and the ticket costs €9.00.
Rufina and Valdarno can also be reached by plain. There are four major airports nearby. The most convenient solution is to arrive to Florence Airport, located 38 kilometres west from Rufina. Alternatively one can opt for Forli (85 km away), Bologna (117 km away) and Pisa airports (88 km away).
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