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Between Florence and Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, the Castello di Casole has opened its doors. A set of 600 hectares of Italian history dating back to the 10th century, which for a long time was owned by an Italian aristocratic family, the Bargagli, who cultivated these lands for generations, creating 31 farms (now restored).
“In a document of 1640, the town had 130 inhabitants and, in 1845, the community had doubled its number of inhabitants. The farm was one of the most important properties in Italy, ”says Clio Cicuto, public relation manager of the hotel. Now what would be the church has been divided into suites and the cellar in a spa with remnants of its Etruscan past.
Tuscany in a castle. © Belmond
Years later, it would become the property of cinematographic director Luchino Visconti, whose films The Leopard and Death in Venice, represented the golden age of Italian cinema . Yes, this is how the Dolce Vita was behind the cameras: the parties that Visconti held at the castle are legendary, they gathered the most grenade in Hollywood . Names? “Who attended these parties and their details are a mystery, without knowing what happened behind the doors of the town, where everything was managed very discreetly. However, Hollywood names like Sophia Loren and Helmut Berger were talked about, ”says Clio.
The restored hotel of the 10th century is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, an idyllic place to explore the most captivating places in Tuscany . The Castello is in a nature reserve, so from here you can participate in one of its safari tours to discover all the species that live on the farm.
Its 39 rooms are designed in the reference style of Tuscany, there is no lack of terracotta, stone and alabaster touches from Volterra, large fireplaces, a symbol of Tuscan home cooking and family gatherings. "In summer, white roses permeate the environment with their scent, " adds Clio.
The pool of the Castello di Casole. © Belmond
In addition to the rooms, the Castle di Casole does not lack detail, with an infinity heated pool that is located outside and offers panoramic views of the Tuscan hills and valleys . And an offer of activities very characteristic of the region such as finding truffles, learning the art of Tuscan cuisine, cycling, resting among vineyards and having a picnic or swimming to the river.
A 10th century castle with the essence of Tuscany. © Belmond
The Castillo di Casole is the last acquisition by the Belmond group, in which they have invested 7.3 million euros in the reform of the hotel, which will be carried out in various phases over four years. Two new villas will be added, which will increase the total number of rooms to 41.
The Castle joins two more acquisitions of Italian icons in recent years such as the Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the Belmond Hotel Splendid or in Portofino. "We believe that this fantastic castle, impregnated with Etruscan history, follows our wake of acquiring properties that are unique and timeless, to restore them and restore their status, " said Roeland Vos, president and director of Belmond.
A getaway to be happy in Tuscany. © Belmond