Over the years many castles in Tuscany have turned into real luxury resorts with apartments, rooms, restaurants and swimming pools created in unique environments that will make your holiday unforgettable. Discover the most fascinating castles selected by our team!
The Castle of Gargonza is a magnificent archetype of a fortified Tuscan agricultural hamlet, crowning a hilltop above the Chiana Valley, it is one of the most well-preserved fortified complexes in the entire Aretine territory.
The castle rises in an exceptional strategical position, on the watershed between the valleys of the Paglia and the Chiana streams at approximately 650 meters of altitude. Fighine was mentioned for the first time in 1058 in relation to the Parish church of Santa Maria 'de Fighine'.
The Abbadia a Isola fortified Abbey was built, as indicated in its name (Isola = Island), on the edge of a swampy area at the crossroads between four countries: Florence, Fiesole, Siena, and Volterra.
Sorano, with its fortifications, rises to the summit of a tuff relief, that is almost melted with the town, surrounded on three sides by the course of the river Lente in the homonymous valley. The fortress is considered one of the highest examples of Renaissance military architecture.
The Castello dell’Aquila [Eagle's Castle], a mighty fortified stronghold adapted to residence by the Marquises Malaspina, dominates Gragnola, a medieval village situated at the confluence of the streams Aulella and Lucido.
In the Middle Ages the importance of the Val d'Orcia was tied mainly to the 'Francigena', principal European Road, that crossed the valley longitudinally for all its length. Besides the large diffusion of urban centers and castles there were numerous 'Spedali'.
In the ancient fief of Monte di Croce, property first of the Counts Guidi and then of the Bishop of Florence, the Pazzi family built this castle, sure widening a most ancient and modest high medieval fortification.
With its 12th century walls still intact, Fosdinovo Castle crowning a hill 550 meters high. The castle still dominates a great part of the Thyrrenian coastline. During the Middle Age its position was ideal to maintain control of the Apennines outlet to the sea and the Lunigiana region.
Il castello di Poggio alle Mura fu eretto, nella sua forma attuale, su un poggio presso la confluenza dei fiumi Orcia ed Ombrone nel 1438. La sua posizione e la storia del territorio circostante fanno supporre che l'origine possa addirittura risalire ai Longobardi.
The Ripa d'Orcia Castle was part of the Republic of Siena's territorial organization from the year 1271. During the 14th century the fortress, crowning a crag above the river Orcia, become possession of the powerful local feudal family of the Salimbeni.
The historical memories about Porciano goes back to the 11th century, the castle is named on a year's 1017 document as residence of the Count Guido di Teudegrimo, so we can consider it as one of the first settlements of the powerful Guidi family.
The small village of Montelifrè stands on the road that connect the villages of Trequanda and Montisi, between the Val di Chiana and the territory of the 'Crete Senesi' in the Val d' Asso, crowning a rocky hill and is overlooked by the imposing ruins of its ancient castle.