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Wed-Mon Easter-Jan) , a pretty restaurant serving cucina contadina (food from the farmers'
kitchen). Both are operated by members of the local Barucci family, and are located on the
main square of the hamlet. The restaurant's outdoor terrace (which has lovely views) is
next to the Baruccis' productive kitchen garden.
To indulge in some art appreciation between wine tastings, take a scenic drive to these sculpture parks
located in the Chianti Senese.
Castello di Ama ( 0577 74 60 31; ; guided tours €15, with wine & oil
tasting €35; year round, by appt) The highly regarded Castello di Ama estate produces a range of
wines including the internationally renowned 'L'Apparita' Merlot, the 'Haiku' Sangiovese/Cabernet
Franc/Merlot blend and a delicious 'Vigneto Bellavista' Chianti Classico. In recent years it has also
developed a sculpture park showcasing 13 site-specific artworks by artists including Louise Bour-
geois, Chen Zhen, Anish Kapoor, Kendell Geers and Daniel Buren. Guided tours of the cellar, villa
and sculpture park are in English, French, Italian or German. The estate is 11km southwest of Gaiole,
near Lecchi in Chianti.
Parco Sculture del Chianti (Chianti Sculpture Park; 0577 35 71 51; ;
adult/child €10/5; 10am-sunset Apr-Oct, by appointment Nov-Mar; ) This 13-acre green
wooded area studded with 26 site-specific contemporary artworks can be explored on a 1km walking
trail. You'll find it 12km southwest of Gaiole and only 7km north of Siena off the SS408. While here,
be sure to explore the nearby village of Pievasciata , whose streets are home to an ever-growing num-
ber of site-specific contemporary international artworks (don't miss Yu Zhaoyang's hilarious Town
Ostriches next to the cypress trees).
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