Civitella (in) Val di Chiana lies between Siena and Arezzo with 19 km to the latter on top of a hill 500 meters above sea level. It is a small, quiet town with a long history. It's history is most evident due to the presence of the castle ruins from the 12th Century and the old town hall which originates from 14th Century.
It is one of the best-preserved of the network of Lombard fortresses of the 6th and the 7th century in central Italy, strategically placed to control the whole territory. The characteristic elliptical shape of the military settlements can still be seen in the layout of the town walls.
Festivals: throughout the month of August a number of festivals are held here, including theatre, music and film all enjoyed outdoors. There is a music festival in October called Il Pullman della Musica, named after the bus - the pullman that you can catch from Arezzo.
In November they celebrate the 'Slow Food' movement in conjunction with the production of their olive oil. In addition there are many other religious festivals and always a Christmas concert in December to end the year.
Wine: Valdichiana is known for its Bianco Vergine della Valdichiana, the production of which dates back to the 19th Century. It is a fresh and dry white wine made from Trebbiano Toscano (70-85%), Malvasia del Chianti (10-20%) and other grapes (5-10%). This wine has been decorated with the DOC designation since 1972.
Sports: The fourth stage of the Giro D'italia cycling race was completed here in 2004. It remains a popular place for cycling.
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