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- About The Experience
If you’ve ever had a hankering to stay in a historic Castle in Tuscany amidst vineyards and Chianti towns, this fits the bill. Owned by a Florentine family, this castle estate is well located for daytrips throughout the region. There is a restaurant onsite open six days a week and a lovely garden and pool area. The castle has been divided into several apartments. In addition, there is a farmhouse and other units on the estate that share the castle grounds and pool.
- Location Description
The property is located one kilometer from Montagnana where there are several food shops and a restaurant. Five kilometers away is Montespertoli, a town dating back to the Etruscan times. Today, you’ll be able to buy groceries, go wine tasting, visit medieval castles, shop for souvenirs, attend food fairs, and eat at one of the many restaurants. There are numerous annual festivals throughout the year celebrating everything from wine to doughnuts to ecology. There are also a number of notable churches and ancient buildings, including the Chiesa di Sant’Andrea and the Villa Sonnino. Short drives away that offer wonderful views of the countryside are to Florence and San Gimignano. When in Florence, visit the Piazza San Giovanni, also known as the religious heart of the city, and you’ll see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, built in the 15th century. Other marvelous attractions include the Ponte Vecchio where you can go shopping, the Accademia Gallery full of Florentine paintings, and the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. There is also a train station in Florence that can take you quickly and conveniently to other cities in the region.
Nearby Attractions:Montespertoli is surrounded by farms, olive mills and wineries including the Fattoria La Gigliola Winery. It celebrates food, wine and ecology with its many festivals. The Chianti Wine Festival is usually held the first week of June. Worth a visit is the the Chiesa di Sant’Andrea, as well as Villa Sonnino. Greve in Chianti hosts the biggest wine festival in the region each September and is also a fun town to explore. Its central piazza, Piazza Mercatale, is uniquely shaped like a funnel. Nearby Certaldo and its medieval village of Certaldo Alta are full of medieval architecture such as the Pretorio Palace. Don’t miss the Renaissance festival held every July.
Pisa: 70 km/43.5 mi
Siena: 65 km/40 mi
San Gimignano: 48 km/30 mi
Florence: 30 km/18.5 mi
Certaldo: 27 km/16.5 mi
Greve in Chianti: 26 km/16 mi
Montespertoli: 5 km/3 mi
Montagnana: 1 km/0.62 mi
Bus Stop to Florence: 150 m/492 ft
- Exterior Description
This large castle estate has an English garden, vineyards, olive trees, lemon trees, plants, and flowers. Beside the castle there is a farmhouse and other units that share the grounds, a reception area (open 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm) and restaurant (open every night but Wednesdays from April to October). There is a shared swimming pool (12m x 6m) surrounded by a sun deck with sun loungers. The pool is open from early April to the end of October. Parking is available within the property grounds.
- Interior Description
(100 m2/1,076 ft2)
This apartment is located within the 12th century castle. There are a total of 33 apartments in the castle.
Ground Floor: The large living room has a beautiful ancient tapestry and two sofa beds, each suitable for one. There is a dining area and kitchen corner. There is one double bedroom with a queen size bed (160 cm) furnished with antiques and an 18th century Venetian chandelier. There is one bathroom with a shower.
- 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.
- Housekeeping: 12 Euros per hour
- Extra Bed: 77 Euros per person, per week
- Portable Baby Crib: 50 Euros per child, per week
- Washing Machine: 3 Euros per load
- Il Castello is composed of 33 different apartments:
Il Castello 1b,
Il Castello 2,
Il Castello 3,
Il Castello 4,
Il Castello 5,
Il Castello 8,
Il Castello 9,
Il Castello 10,
Il Castello 11,
Il Castello 12,
Il Castello 13,
Il Castello 14,
Il Castello 18,
Il Castello 19 B,
Il Castello 21,
Il Castello 23,
Il Castello 24,
Il Castello 25,
Il Castello 27,
Il Castello 28,
Il Castello 29,
Il Castello 30,
Il Castello 31,
Il Castello 32,
Il Castello 33,
Il Castello 34,
Il Castello 35,
Il Castello 36,
Il Castello Cappella,
Il Castello Cupola,
Il Castello Freschi, and
Il Castello Grotta.
All of these apartments can be rented together under the name
to accommodate up to 120 people.
- Rentals in July and August must have arrivals and departures on Saturdays. For other months of the year arrivals can be any day.
- There is a restaurant on site which offers traditional dishes of the Chianti region. It is open every night, excluding Wednesdays, from April until October.
- Free WiFi is available in a large room in front of the Reception Office.
- The pool is open from the beginning of April until the end of October.
Features and Amenities
- Outside Area - Shared
- Swimming Pool - Shared
- Bikes Available - Upon Request
- Ping Pong Table
- Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
- Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
- Reception Office
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: 150 EUR
- Final Cleaning Charge (Mandatory -To be paid upon arrival): 60 EUR
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- Heating - Daily Charge: 13 EUR
- Arrival Fee (after 8:00 pm) Payable upon Arrival: 25 EUR
- Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
- Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
- Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
- 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: between 8 am and 10 am
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
* These prices and conditions may change based on your arrival date and length of stay. For exact conditions, please click on the View Availability button, enter your dates, and then click on View Pricing and Conditions.
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Based on 5 Reviews
Peace and Quiet
Driving up to the Castle was a surreal experience. It looks like a castle from a story book. The frescoes were everywhere, including the entire room. It made for an amazing ambiance.
The restaurant had excellent food, and the view couldn't have been better.
Check in was amazingly quick. The person at the reception is probably one of the nicest people we encountered on our entire tour of Italy.
The window in the bathroom is a little odd. It opened into the courtyard, and we had to make sure to always draw the curtains.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Bruno Manetti has a hidden Cashmere Outlet on the way into the castle from Fi-Pi-Li. It's rather imposing, as there are gates around it with no apparent way in. However, the gates are pressure sensitive, and opened up when we walked up to them. The proprietor led my husband and me up a narrow staircase to a room full of cashmere - scarves, dresses, sweaters . . . everything!
I bought a scarf for a steal - for my father, and almost left with everything else in the shop!
Also, there were several oil and wine vendors within 5 km of the castle.
Tips or Restaurants:
We found the COOP in Montespertoli, and loaded up on food and supplies, as this was the first time we had a kitchen for our entire trip. The prosciutto from the local market was delicious, too! You'll need to buy toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap.
It was incredibly easy to find based on the directions provided by Rentvillas.
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Great architecture. The grounds and views were beautiful. We felt like we were living on a movie set.
A few comfortable chairs in the living room would have been nice. But overall, no complaints.
It's a great location. Fabulous views of castles, vineyards and Tuscan landscape all around. Can't avoid it.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Both the small towns of Montagnana and Baccaiano are within walking distance, although the roads are hilly. We drove for groceries to Montespertoli at the Coop.
Tips or Restaurants:
Everything we needed was there. We spent New Years eve at Osteria del Molino on the road to Montespertoli. Fabulous meal and we were made to feel very welcome. Later through rentvillas comments in this website we found Il Focolare in Montagnana. After that we ate there every night. Great service and wine, they speak English and the food was superlative. We were winter visitors, so the dining facilities at castle were not open. That might be good information to give renters if it is available.
Check In Out:
Everything was fine.
Grace , January
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The owner and staff were very nice and helpful. It is run a little like a small hotel with many guests from different parts of Europe. It was fun.
The pool, the cafe, and hospitality of the staff.
The kitchen corner. The whole kitchen is inside a closet. If you like to cook it is not great, but if you eat out every meal it won't be a problem. They also have a nice restaurant and cafe on the property for meals and snacks.
I bicycled to many different towns and areas and there is a lot to discover locally. The main reason we chose this place, however, was to be in striking distance of Florence, Pisa and Lucca, which we were.
Tips or Restaurants:
Take the bus to Florence. We took the advice of a previous visitor and it worked out well. Make sure to walk the property. There are a lot of interesting things to see.
If you go to Florence eat at Mario's Trattoria. It's no-frills but has great food at a good value in an area that can be expensive.
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