For fans of background as well as style or merely for the curious who desire for a journey with time, Tuscany contains numerous castles, each with a different history or tale, a place that can revitalize the ambience typical of the courts. The peculiarity is absolutely offered by the truth that the landscape and also the nature that border them– constantly various according to the location– together with the castles itself– relying on the historical duration, any kind of international dominations as well as social and also imaginative ferment of the moment tackle details characteristics– create an extremely fascinating mix that makes going to castles, even more, a brand-new and special experience.
Visiting the castles of Tuscany, you can feel like in a fairy tale, and fully experience the atmosphere of the past. A visit to the castle allows you to get acquainted with the history, culture, and traditions of the region, and Italy is perfect for this because the old estates are here almost at every step. The fairytale castles of Tuscany are what attracts travelers from all over the world to this famous Mediterranean region. Today, many castles operate hotels where guests are welcomed. Here are some of them…
CASTLE OF BROLIO
- 1 CASTLE OF BROLIO
- 2 CASTLE OF GARGONZA.
- 3 CASTLE OF VINCIGLIATA.
- 4 CASTLE OF PORCIANO.
- 5 CASTLE OF CASTIGLIONE DEL TERZIERE
- 6 CASTLE OF POPPI.
- 7 CASTLE OF SAMMEZZANO.
- 8 CASTLE OF MONTERIGGIONI.
- 9 CASTLE OF THE EMPEROR OF PRATO.
- 10 TREBBIO CASTLE.
Where: Gaiole in Chianti (SI).
Il The castle of Brolio, submersed in the Chianti area and precisely in the district of Gaiole in Chianti, shows up prima facie as the typical middle ages castle which, however, like the previous one, will not stop working to schedule a shock. Its history contains turnarounds closely connected to the continual struggles in between Florence and also Siena: it’s setting as well as it’s coming from the Florentine area made it the consistent item of attacks by Siena and also to absolutely nothing worth the continual stronghold works, 3 strongholds as well as tower lookout. However, after the clear-cut Florentine conquest of Siena, the turning point took place: from being a citadel it became an essential agricultural as well as winery in the hands of the stylish Ricasoli family for centuries. And also to its new practical look complied with the aesthetic one: apart from some usually middle ages components, during the ‘800– under the advice of Bettino Ricasoli– it presumed increasingly more the look of an English mansion, with neo-gothic and tudor components. It worths definitely a stroll in the garden, which incorporates the Italian style keeping that of the nineteenth-century English park.
CASTLE OF GARGONZA.
Where: Monte San Savino (AR).
Another intriguing location is the castle of Gargonza, a fortified town in Monte San Savino, in the province of Arezzo. Likewise in this situation, the troubled historic occasions have actually affected its background: the problems in between Siena and Florence, Guelphs and Ghibellines, unavoidably involved it, causing its almost total destruction with the exception of the crenellated tower. Although it has actually never been largely occupied, the exodus of the remainder of the population around the mid-twentieth century pushed the offspring of the honorable Corsi family members, owners from the 18th century, to restore it as well as bring it back to the ancient prestige, making it an eye-catching farmhouse.
CASTLE OF VINCIGLIATA.
Where: Fiesole (FI).
The castle of Vincigliata, near Fiesole, whose beginnings date back to 1031, experienced ups as well as downs due to its owners, worthy Florentine households that followed one another in time without providing due relevance to the framework that quickly fell under disrepair. Its growing results from a remarkable English number, the extremely abundant John Temple Leader who, in 1850, not only loved the castle but the bordering nature, taken part in an exceptional job of restructuring and also reforestation that brought it back to that ancient natural beauty that had drawn in several authors as well as artists in the past for its motivating charms. He after that passed on to Lord Westbury. Do not miss out on the garden in between bridges, streams, sculptures as well as marine plants, in typical romantic style.
CASTLE OF PORCIANO.
Where: Pratovecchio e Stia (AR).
The castle of Porciano, near Stia in the province of Arezzo, was not immune from the regional war troubles as well as the degeneration that usually occurred when the efficient, as well as industrial needs, pressed in the direction of other extra strategic places, leaving these locations in a state of neglect. Luckily, as in previous instances, even in this there is a household that makes a decision to take on the worry and also the honor of restoring it as well as supplying its charms to the public: Flaminia Goretti de Flamini and George Specht. The job started in the 60s, they completed them after a little over a decade setting up a museum where you can admire things and devices of the daily life of the time. The resources tell that this castle was well known and also frequented by nobles and also knights of the moment as well as, not the very least, Dante Alighieri was put behind bars there following the battle of Campaldino.
CASTLE OF CASTIGLIONE DEL TERZIERE
Where: Bagnone (MS).
Improved a Byzantine website in the district of Bagnone, in the district of Massa-Carrara in Lunigiana area is a case in point of a middle ages castle, it assumed the toponym of “Castiglione del Terziere” when it became part of the many properties inherited by Marquis Alberto Malaspina in 1275. Its prestige expanded much more when in the fifteenth century, with the occupation of Florence, the seat of its court house was mounted there, making it an actual Renaissance residence. Nevertheless, it knew to a stage of decline that was smartly disturbed by a fantastic intellectual, doctor and also poet– Loris Jacopo Bononi– who in thirty years of restructuring created within it a collection of fantastic stature, with unique papers and also items, as well as a meta-museum that brings in scholars from all over the globe, interested by being able to relive the fervor of humanist culture.
CASTLE OF POPPI.
Where: Poppi (AR).
This castle in the Casentino, constructed in between the twelfth and fourteenth century by the Guidi family is a fantastic instance of a medieval castle that can be seen from a lot of the valley of eastern Tuscany. Its classy framework and its building components suggest, even if there are no actual verifications, that Lapo di Cambio initially and also Arnolfo di Cambio later participated in the design and construction of the castle that would seem to represent the model of “Palazzo Vecchio” in Florence.
Long checklist of popular aspects: from the honorable layers of arms to the frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi (Giotto’s student), the property rooms of the Guidi Family, the event hall, the jail and the popular Rilliana collection with 25,000 quantities of inestimable worth. In this castle, it is said that Dante hung around during his exile and also made up the XXXIII canto of Hell. Worthy final thought of the visit definitely that of the tower from which you can admire as well as control the whole valley.
CASTLE OF MALASPINA/ FOSDINOVO.
Where: Fosdinovo (MS).
The castle lies specifically in Fosdinovo, district of Massa Carrara, as well as is the largest of Lunigiana location. It takes its name from the Malaspina Family of the flowery Spino of which it was the house in between the fourteenth as well as eighteenth centuries. The family members worked hard to enlarge it, decorate it, and also offer it the appearance of a noble house. Amongst the curiosities of the castle: Dante’s space, where the poet would have remained during a part of his exile, the dungeon as well as the “mantrap area” (in reality there were even more traps spread throughout the castle). In particular, the legend tells that the marquise Cristina Pallavicini, renowned for her wickedness and also lust, eliminated her enthusiasts by making them drop from the trapdoor at the end of the bed. But an even more interesting tale is that of Bianca Maria Aloisia, Giacomo Malaspina’s little girl: in love with a bridegroom, she was hurt by the household with the hope of bending her will, however this did not take place and she was walled to life in a cell, together with a dog, a symbol of commitment, as well as a boar, the symbol of rebellion. Many swear to have seen the ghost of this woman with lengthy hair walking in the castle.
CASTLE OF SAMMEZZANO.
Where: Reggello (FI)
The castle of Sammezzano, for instance, is located in the town of Reggello, in the district of Florence and also– especially– in an area called Leccio. This castle, validating what was claimed before, will impress visitor’s expectation that as quickly as he crosses its limit will be catapulted right into a really Arabic design setup, made of domes of linked arches, intense shades, ceramic mosaics regular of that technically orientalist style called “Moorish” which had developed itself as an instance of Islamic art between the late eleventh as well as fourteenth centuries in that basin of the Western Mediterranean that viewed as active protagonists Spain as well as the Maghreb nations. Just how comes this transposition of styles in Tuscany? Although it is of ancient origins (possibly of the Roman era), it was originally a farm and then, thanks to the skillful restoration work by the Ximenes d’Aragona family and also most of all with the number of Ferdinando, patron as well as admirer of brand-new oriental artistic impacts, it became a castle. Do not undervalue the enormous park that surrounds it, with an incredible agricultural selection.
CASTLE OF MONTERIGGIONI.
Where: Monteriggioni (SI).
The castle of Monteriggioni has to do with 10 mins drive from Siena. Constructed around 1200 it is an imposing framework that seems virtually to resemble a crown as a result of the fourteen towers that border the walls, bore in mind likewise by Dante in the Divine Comedy. The aspect continued to be nearly the very same with the exception of some changes, such as the elevation of the towers in the 16th century (were made lower) and also land that was collected at the base of the walls to adapt to brand-new firearms as well as new sorts of combat. Do not miss the stroll on the walls from which you can admire the Sienese hillsides and the gallery of weapons and armor where you can find accurate medieval and also Renaissance recreations and recreation of the siege strategies of this fortification as well.
CASTLE OF THE EMPEROR OF PRATO.
Where: Prato (PO).
The castle of Prato attracts attention for its being a spectacular instance of anomalous Federician design in main and north Italy. Its building, begun in 1248, happened by the engineer Riccardo da Lentini– that came specifically from Puglia– to which Frederick II of Swabia had actually appointed this work to act along with others as an element of armed forces control within a broader task varying to keep an eye on the primary interaction paths of Italy from the South of to Germany. There are noticeable referrals to the Federician building par excellence, specifically Castel Del Monte. After alternating events that were bringing it to destroy and having been utilized primarily as a prison, the castle has been thoroughly restored and made easily accessible to visitors that can appreciate the city of Prato and the bordering location.
Where: Pontassieve (FI)
The Trebbio Castle is located in the Municipality of Pontassieve, in the district of Florence. Building of the Guidi family members, then Pazzi family, after that seized by Lorenzo the Magnificent and after that once more of the Pazzi till the eighteenth century, it became a personal property in 1968. Numerous are the components for which it sticks out: right here you can participate in the numerous tasks of the farmstay being proactively associated with a glass of wine and oil tastings, cooking courses, finding out more about the precious saffron that is grown below and produced at the highest degree.
IN WHICH TO EAT AND SLEEP.
If after checking out the castles you are not yet all set to leave that ambience and intend to experience it completely as a guest, there are many castles transformed to accommodation facilities.
Among these, we mention the Castle of Valenzano and the Trebbio castle.
The Castle of Valenzano, just a few mins from Arezzo in the town of Subbiano, provides the possibility of lodging, lunches, company of conferences, and cultural occasions. First left to the Monks of Camaldoli and afterward from 1386 under the control of Florence, it was restored starting from 1870: the present variation gives some middle ages stays within, suggestive cellars along with the front runner of the old mill with original stone millstones. The restaurant supplies reinterpretations of standard cuisine with a food selection constantly new according to seasonal items.