XIII Century Castle In The Heart Of Chianti Region
A fairytale Florentine Castle with gorgeous spaces, charming rooms and immersed in rolling Tuscan hills, a very special wedding location in Chianti.
This Castle stands out in the enchanting Chianti landscape at the end of a nice avenue lined with cypress-trees and junipers, in the middle of sun-kissed fields and vineyards.
This unique venue can offer you a dream holiday. Either inside the Castle in bedrooms which have seen 800 years of history, or in the characteristic farm buildings around the castle (which have been recently been converted into comfortable self-catering apartments, each with a pleasant terrace or private garden). Just a short walk through the herb garden to the panoramic swimmingpool, which overlooks the vieneyards and the Chianti hills. Moreover the castle has a strategic and centrally located position : close to Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Assisi, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Perugia.
It is a dream place, no more reserved only to the noble families of Tuscany but open to you as well. This Castle was originally a Florentine fortification against Siena. This fortress belonged to the noble family Ricasoli, as did Brolio Castle. In 1968 the Ricasoli family sold the Castle and the surrounding estate, which covered around 1,100 hectares, to the Societ Viticola Toscana. In the middle of the farm, high up on the hill, the fortress seems to guard over all the estate. A wonderful testimony of history and man's industrious presence that, today more than ever, invites to plunge into the countryside peacefulness to savour the flavour and fragrance of wine, the scent of the cellars, the oil mills, the wood of the furniture, the wheat and the thousand scents of lawns and fields, thus making you forget the frantic pace of time beyond the hills.
The Castle welcomes and hugs the visitors, the tourists, the nature-loving people like an oasis, a parallel dimension to live in its rhythms determined by small, big millenarian customs from which still today comes the wide range of its high quality-products that are the fruits of a research combining modern technologies with deep and ancient traditions. This massive Castle rises in the heart of the Chianti Classico, not very far from the boundary line between the ancient Republics of Siena and Florence, about 1 km far from Gaiole in Chianti. In the beginning the castle belonged to the Benedettini Monks of the Coltibuono Abbey and the its name is mentioned for the first time in 1269 in the precious "Libro degli Estimi" of the Florentine Guelphs as a property of the Rainerii de Ricasoli Family. Over the centuries the Ricasoli Family has enlarged and improved the structure.
Therefore today the castle keeps not only its fifteenth-century massive fortifications with the imposing cylindrical tower built against the artillery but also the elegant grace of the noble villa with its furnished and decorated rooms and the incomparable eighteenth-century little theatre. In the castle and in the farmhouses nearby could be accommodate up to 87 persons. The castle has only 5 rooms with a B&B service. Usually the farmhouses should be rent weekly but depending on the season and the requests could be also be rent only for few days. It is also possible to take advantage of the option B&B and reserve bedrooms and suites of particular style, with a peaceful and nice position, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view over the gardens and the Tuscan countryside. They are only a few steps from the pool, the gardens and the characteristic "wild" wood where hares, pheasants, wild boars and fallow-deers wander at night. Six apartments, which are directly attached to the wall of the castle or fortress, have been restored since summer 1968. They have taken the place of previous small buildings meant to be used by the farm. Each apartment has a terrace or garden for relaxing in the open air.
Very close to the apartments (100-150 m) there is also a swimming-pool. Located in Gaiole in Chianti, about 1 km from the village. In Gaiole and in the small villages nearby there are several pizzerias and restaurants of every level and price category. It is very centrally located for day excursions to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Perugia, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Chianciano, Bagni Vignoni, Pitigliano, and Saturnia. From here it is possible to go for pleasant walks or bicycle trips in the countryside. In any case, for more opportunities, we suggest you have a car at your disposal.