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Coordinates: 43°35′03″N 11°18′57″E / 43.58417°N 11.31583°E / 43.58417; 11.31583

A characteristic estate in Tuscany

Chiantishire is a nickname for an area of Tuscany, Italy, where many upper-class British citizens have moved or usually spend their holidays.[1] The word is a late 20th century neologism and derives from Chianti, a red wine produced in central Tuscany, in particular in the provinces of Siena and Florence.[2] The location rose to prominence in the UK in the mid 1990s when then Prime Minister Tony Blair chose it as one of his preferred summer retreats.[3] Celebrities who have owned properties in the area include Sting, Bryan Ferry, Antonio Banderas and Richard Gere.[4] The novel, "Summer's Lease" by John Mortimer characterizes satirically the manners and mores of British expatriates in Chiantishire.[5]

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office estimated in 2012 that there were 28,000 Britons living in Italy.[6]


  1. ^ "Chiantishire". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Tasting wine in the Chiantishire". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Blair family's Tuscany break". BBC News. 1 August 1998. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Looking for a house in the country? Try Chiantishire". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  5. ^ Mortimer, John, "Summer's Lease," London, The Penguin Group, 1988
  6. ^ "Spectrum IFA targets the Chiantishire market". Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2013.