Subject: hotels in Radda or Castellina in Chianti?
Hi Pat

Regarding hotels in Radda in Chianti, here are my suggestions:

Vescine - a hotel built within a cluster of abandoned farm cottages with spectacular views of the Chianti countryside. It is located just outside Radda, a very short drive to the centre of town. Tel 0577 741144

Fattoria Vignale - beautiful hotel with restaurant in the heart of Radda. Tel 0577 738300

Palazzo Leopoldo Manor House - brand new built within a patrician villa. We have not stayed here, but we did wander the lobby last fall and it was very beautiful. I brought home a brochure for future consideration. There are rooms, suites as well as apartments for longer stays. It is located within the old medieval walls. Tel 0577 735605

Our regular place to stay is in an apartment on an active Chianti vineyard a few KM outside Radda. The apartment, although basic, has served us well on several occasions and if you do not require luxuries, I would highly recommend it. The owners are warm &friendly and you will have the opportunity to learn everything possible about the making of Chianti wine.

If you would like restaurant recommendations for this area, let me know.

Have a wonderful time.

Felice Toronto, Ontario