Castello di Casole
Castello di Casole is a five-star resort in Tuscany. The historic 4,200-acre estate features a 41-suite boutique hotel complete with a world-class spa and wellness center, swimming pool, pizzeria, stylish bar, visionary fine-dining and casual restaurant, 27 artfully restored and reconstructed Tuscan farmhouses, 10 unique Farms set on over 100 acres each, 10 hotel villas, and a stately penthouse. The estate is also home to a model game preserve, 88 acres of vineyards, 13 acres of olive groves and an expansive trail system.
The Castello and the surrounding estate were originally owned by the Bargagli family, an ancient and noble family of Siena. With account books in the possession of current owners dating as far back as 1680, they have an overall vision of the events that influenced the economy and culture of farm life in Tuscany. The estate included 31 sharecropping farms producing grapes, olives, wheat, and sunflowers until the early 1960’s. During that time, in order to produce, preserve and trade such products oil press, cellar, barn, mill and carpenter’s studio were added to the estate.
Tuscany in central Italy and is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces where are situated museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Having a strong linguistic and cultural identity, it is sometimes considered “a nation within a nation”.
Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Here you can spot the origin of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino wines. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands.
Start with Florence, then continue on to Siena and Pisa. The roll call of città di arte, cities of art, is daunting: Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano, Lucca and village of Castiglione della Pescaia are all striking. And don’t forget to visit vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.