"Chianina" because it is original of Valdichiana. “Giant” because it comes easily to measure approximately 1.80 m at the withers. “White” because its coat is as white as porcelain.
The largest calves breed in the world has its origin in this territory; illustrations dating back to the Etruscan-Roman period bear witness to its presence in Valdichiana since time immemorial. This gigantic and docile cattle has been a valuable ally for men, thanks to its dual attitude to work and meat production. The original Florentine steak comes from this magnificent animal.
The shape and quality of the Chianina breed is the result of a selection begun in the last century by a leading figure in the municipality of Sinalunga, Prof. Ezio Marchi, the first veterinarian to study the Chianina scientifically. A research project that allowed the White Giant to land also overseas, to contribute to the improvement of local breeds.
Some interesting facts on Chianina:
- In 1955, at eight years of age, a bull named "Donetto", born at a farm near Sinalunga, achieved a weight of 1,780 kg, winning the record for the biggest calf in the world.
- Between May and June, the town of Sinalunga hosts an event called La Valle del Gigante Bianco ["The Valley of the White Giant"], aimed at enhancing the Chianina and its importance in the history and traditions of Valdichiana. During the event you can take part in conferences, round tables, exhibitions, cultural events, folklore evenings, fun activities for children, food and wine tastings, and dinners based on Chianina meat.