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 http://www.palazzoleopoldo.it

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. http://ecoitaly.net/caparsa

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

Have a wonderful time.

Felice Toronto, Ontario