Il Palagio di Panzano.
Il Palagio di Panzano, in the heart of Chianti Classico. In the "Gran Cru" of "La Conca d'Oro".
If the dispute for the Chianti territory between the republic of Florence and the republic of Siena had taken place today, the two knights would have met right here most likely, near Panzano, in the Conca d'Oro, which is geographically equidistant from the two historic Tuscan cities.
The signal for the departure of the knights would never be entrusted to cockcrow but probably we would rely on much more sophisticated technologies. The famous black rooster mistreated and exasperated by the Florentines who then woke up way before dawn, could do very little today to anticipate the departure of the lily knight.
And the Florentines would certainly receive a formal complaint from the Animal Protection League today.
Things they change, what can I tell you.
But history is history, and let us not forget that, after this romantic and daring medieval dispute, these places have witnessed the birth and development of the Renaissance.
Even nowadays, everything around here is blessed with beauty and good taste.
You can still sense and breathe that Renaissance swing here, and Il Palagio di Panzano is most certainly an enduring example of it all.