Legend has it, that during the 13th century, in an effort to cease the constant fighting, Florence and Siena decided to draw a border between them utilizing an ingenious plan. At the crow of the cock, they would each send their fastest knight toward each other. Where they met was to be the demarcation of the two republics. The citizens of Siena raised a beautiful white rooster for this occasion, which grew big and fat. Meanwhile, the Florentines chose a black rooster and never fed him. On the fateful day, the black rooster, famished, crowed before sunrise. The knights met at Fonterutoli, only twelve kilometers from Siena as the Florentine knight had set out much earlier. This is why much of the Chianti region was under control of the Florentine Republic.
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