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- About The Experience
An ancient castle dating back to the time of Leonardo da Vinci is the perfect backdrop for a vacation in Tuscany! The views are to die for. Sleeping up to twenty two, this large castle near Arezzo is great for family reunions and celebrations. The large estate produces Chianti wine and olive oil. The location is well suited for exploring Eastern and Southern Tuscany, including Arezzo, Cortona, Siena and Montepulciano.
- Location Description
The ancient Castello lies in a panoramic position and is shown on the map of Valdichiana drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503. The Castello is 5 kilometers from the Etruscan town of Monte San Savino where there are excellent restaurants. Arezzo, the setting for Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful, is located just twenty kilometers away. It is a city characterized by an array of architectural styles, from Etruscan ruins to the Roman amphitheatre and the Medici Fortress. The first weekend of each month features a popular antique fair, while annually the town hosts a festival called Joust of the Saracens, where all of the citizens dress in medieval attire to watch knights charge at a target (representing the Saracen king). Arezzo also has a train station, convenient for accessing other cities in Tuscany. Six kilometers from the Castello is the A1 motorway exit, which places it in a central position for reaching all of the most interesting places to see such as Florence, Cortona, Siena, Montepulciano, and Perugia in less than an hour. Rome is only an hour and a half away by car.
Nearby Attractions: Arezzo is a good starting point for discovering the Casentino Valley, an area characterized by Romanesque chapels, medieval castles and great restaurants. Seek out two Franciscan sites in the wooded mountains of the valley: the monasteries of La Verna and Camaldoli. Two well liked restaurants in Arezzo include Le Chiavi d’Oro and La Torre di Gnicche, known for its baked onion soup, perfect during the winter months. Many fine wineries are located in and around Montepulciano and make great day trips. Visit Bindella, Az. Il Godiolo, Villa Sant’Anna, Poderi Boscarelli and Az. Agr. Poliziano.
Arezzo (Train Station): 20 km/12 mi
Monte San Savino: 5 km/3 mi
- Exterior Description
Belonging to the same family for centuries, this Castello with a private chapel, lies at the center of a large estate producing Chianti wine and olive oil which you can buy directly from the farm. A long driveway, lined with centuries-old Cypress trees, leads up to the Castello, first built in the Middle Ages and then enlarged during the Renaissance to be an aristocratic residence. The garden, which overlooks the valley, is surrounded by centuries-old trees, and on the stone panoramic terrace is a private swimming pool (16 x 6 meters) with a Roman staircase lined with mosaic work. There are two bathroom/dressing rooms, and a small gym. The terrace is lit up at night by large wrought-iron lamps.
- Interior Description
Ground Floor: The entrance leads to the dining room with a corner kitchen and a large dining table for 22 people. There is direct access to the garden via a large glass wrought-iron door, with another large table for 22 people, opposite the large gazebo. The living room has a large stone fireplace, satellite TV and direct access to the garden. The main kitchen is equipped with an oven, large refrigerator, microwave oven, dishwasher and American coffee maker, and can be accessed from the outside. The first bedroom has a double bed. There is a bathroom with a bath tub. The second double bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a shower and access to the rear garden.
First Floor: There is a living room with a large stone fireplace, satellite TV and access to the balcony. Additionally, there is a complete kitchen and one double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with shower.
Second Floor: There is a large double bedroom with three windows and a large en suite bathroom with a bathtub. One twin bedroom has a bathroom with shower and independent access from the outside. A second twin bedroom has an en suite bathroom with bathtub, satellite TV and exit onto the panoramic terrace under the tower. The second double bedroom has an en suite bathroom with shower and satellite TV. The last bedroom has two double beds, a closet and a bathroom with a shower. Additionally, there is a small kitchen for breakfasts. (The first and second floors have air-conditioning).
Annex (exterior access only):
Ground Floor: The living-room is equipped with satellite-TV and has a complete corner kitchen with access to the garden where there is another gazebo. There is one double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with shower.
First Floor: There is one double bedroom with satellite TV and an en suite bathroom with bathtub. A twin bedroom has satellite TV and an en suite bathroom with bathtub and shower. The annex is equipped with air-conditioning on both floors.
- Features Description
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
- Cook Service: 30 Euros per person
- Extra Housekeeping: 15 Euros per hour
- Laundry Service: Upon request
- Transfer Service: Upon request
- The staff who look after the villa live in an independent apartment at the rear.
- There is no air conditioning on the ground floor of the main house.
- Housekeeping is provided for 6 hours per day, twice per week. Linens are changed once per week. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Features and Amenities
- Free Parking on Premises
- Independent Villa
- Outside Area - Private
- Pool Towels
- Swimming Pool - Private
- CD player
- DVD player
- TV - English Channels Available
- Washing Machine
- Air Conditioning
- Air Conditioning - Partial House
- Heating - Whole House
- Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
- Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
- Housekeeping - Included
- Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
Please note: Official Arrival Times:
- Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 1000 EUR
- Heating: According to consumption
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- Air conditioning: According to consumption
- UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- Departure Time: 9:30 am
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
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Based on 2 Reviews
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This was our annual family vacation so the important parts of the experience had more to do with the people than the place.
One of the main reasons we picked this particular property was for the history that surrounds it. The rooms were spacious and the outside dining area was nice.
The castle needed a good cleaning. The main kitchen was small, and really not adequate for feeding and cooking for such a large group. The driveway caused issues for those in our party with limited mobility. Getting the luggage to and from the car and the castle was challenging. It's unfortunate that the windows in the bedrooms don't have screens. You think you are renting a castle to stay in, but in reality you are renting parts of a castle to stay in. There are parts of the castle that are locked and off limits. It's more like several properties stuck together. There are three separate entrances to the various rooms. It's more like attached homes.
The area surrounding the castle was beautiful and tranquil. Monte San Savino was a wonderful little town with great restaurants and three good grocery stores. At least one of which is open on Sunday mornings. The castle is within a short driving distance of many of the surrounding beautiful hilltop towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Ciggiano is the nearest town. It's within walking distance, but there isn't much more than a convenience store there.
Tips or Restaurants:
I would definitely recommend bringing lots of bug repellent. We got pizza twice from one restaurant in Monte San Savino, called Il Pecadora. It was delicious. Giovanni, the caretaker took us to the local butcher to get steaks one night, and a friend recommended a local organic farm/restaurant where we had dinner and farm tour one evening. It's called Podere Il Casale, in Montalcino. The owners are very interesting people, the food was great, and the views are breathtaking. It's about an hour drive from the Castle, but well worth it. The stable where we went horseback riding is called La Fogliarina. It seemed to be run by a mother and daughter. We had all levels of ability and they managed to make the riding fun for all of us. They are located about a 10 minute drive from the Castle. I also wouldn't advise having the caretaker purchase the "pre-stocking" groceries. If you're arriving on Saturday, stop at a market on the way and pick up a few items, or go Sunday morning as we found the main grocery store was open until 1:00 pm on Sunday.
We did use GPS to find the Castle.
Check In Out:
The check in and check out process was simple.
Lara , June
Overall, everyone had a fantastic time. The area was spectacular, the accommodations were good, and the owners and caretakers very accommodating.
The view was spectacular. It really did not get any more relaxing than sitting poolside every evening and enjoying cocktails and appetizers. For an old castle somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 years old, the bedrooms were well maintained. However, people looking for luxury and new age convenience should take heed: the place shows its age in places.
The showers in the bathrooms in most cases were inadequate by American standards. Often just a hose attached to a shower head... very small and cramped. And hot water was at a premium. Some guests may find the fact that the caretaker lives on site to be discomforting, but he was quiet and only appeared on request. Also, he was very helpful providing things we were missing. Particularly on the weekend, as the castle apparently has some historical significance, our stay was interrupted by people wandering on to the property to take photos of the castle, not realizing it was private property.
The view was spectacular, the people were friendly, the prices very reasonable, and the food was excellent. Siena, Lucignano, Monte San Savino, Montepulciano were all a short driving distance away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Ciggiano is literally fifty feet from the gate. But there is nothing there. Monte San Savino is the closest town with services 3.5 miles away - and a 45-minute walk to the Post Office/Bank/Supermarket/Gelateria. 5 miles from the Old Walled Town.
Tips or Restaurants:
1. A word of warning the driveway is dirt and stone, and extremely steep. I would not recommend having a manual transmission if you are a novice. It is extremely difficult to navigate. 2. La Terrase was an excellent restaurant, but really you could not go wrong anywhere. 3. Most EVERYTHING is closed on Sunday, so Saturday arrivals should stock up at the supermarket.
Directions were adequate but required a leap of faith in that the directions specify something to the effect of "get off the exit,go left, and past the first light follow the sign to Albergo..." The problem is, that first light does not come up for quite some time, maybe five minutes of driving through neighborhoods, causing one to second guess themselves a bit.
Check In Out:
Caretaker was at the house when we arrived and provided a tour of the facilities. Owners were very friendly and accommodating. Checkout was a breeze.