The 4,200-acre complex is one of the largest private grounds in Italy and has remained untouched and unpolluted, alien to modernity, for hundreds of years. Located about 25 miles from the Mediterranean coast (secrets of the Tuscan coast) and about 45 minutes south of Florence, Castello di Casole is also only 20 minutes from the beautiful walled city of Siena, two and a half hours from Rome and very close to Umbria, the Chianti wine region and the Apennines.
This luxury real estate project consists of fully renovated country estates, featuring a perfect balance of original medieval aesthetics with the amenities of modern times. But the jewel in the crown of this idyllic development is Castello di Casole, an ancient castle transformed into an exclusive boutique hotel, which was built as a defensive fortress in the 10th century. Although the old building fell into disrepair in the 15th century, it was later restored to its former glory and in mid 20th century became the property of the famous film director Luchino Visconti, who used the castle to entertain the brightest Hollywood stars and luminaries of Italian cinema.
With the spirit of exclusivity of a boutique hotel and the peace and quiet of a luxurious countryside retreat, Castello di Casole has 41 independent suites, decorated in true Tuscan style. Its infinity pool, with edges that extend towards the horizon, is one of the most attractive in all of Italy. And its quaint restaurants and bars, which respect the rich heritage of the Tuscan culinary traditions and the immense variety of locally produced wines, have earned a well-deserved reputation.
In addition, the original cellar with vaulted ceilings—as old as the castle—was turned into a luxury spa with seven rooms for exclusive treatments, in which local ingredients such as rosemary, grape and olive oil are the norm. Pool, steam baths and comfortable spaces ensure true relaxation while the serene surroundings of the area transport you to simpler, more peaceful times.
Meanwhile, the surrounding properties—villas and stone mansions for sale—have been carefully renovated and decorated, maintaining the smallest detail of the old structures but incorporating the functionality and comfort of the modern era.
If you ever wished for a summerhouse in the most idyllic part of Italy, Castello di Casole is your dream come true. You don’t even have to worry about the maintenance and safety of the homes because the housekeeping, butler and security services are guaranteed throughout the year. Everything is resolved, and the beauty of the landscape is an added benefit. It is definitely a unique opportunity to come home every summer to enjoy the Tuscan sun. ■