Castello di Casole

Location: Florence & Tuscany | Italy

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

This 10th-century estate, set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, is fit for royalty. Spanning across 4,200 acres, it is more like an escape to a faraway kingdom in the mountains than a hotel. Take in the evocative landscape from the infinity pool or enjoy a stroll through the endless vineyards and olive groves. 
Perfect forThose looking to cut loose from daily life in style and luxury, immerse themselves in local culture and indulge in world-class food and wine.
In the knowTo make your trip memorable, enjoy hot air balloon rides, wine-tasting classes, vineyard tours, saffron picking and horse riding expeditions.

Recommended for...

  • Luxury Hotel
  • Mini-moon
  • Food & Wine
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Castello di Casole is surrounded by quintessential Tuscan scenery, with Siena and Florence not far away. The beautiful medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano is just 7km from the hotel.  

Rooms at Castello di Casole

Choose from luxurious suites, villas and penthouses. There are beautifully restored, traditional suites inside the castle or modern apartments overlooking the olive groves just a short walk away.

All suites have been decorated by hand using original furnishings found around the estate, giving them that authentic Tuscan feel - the wood-beamed ceilings, stone walls and luxurious 21st-century fabrics and fixtures are a delicate marriage of old and new. The bathrooms are decorated with marble and mosaics, exuding elegance and sophistication in rich tones of gold, olive and terracotta. 

Food & Drink

Prepare to have your tastebuds blown by Castello di Casole’s rather eccentric and adventurous menu. We’re talking Parmesan mousse and condiments like potato and squid ink cream and duck liver ‘Nutella’. Fear not though - if your palate is somewhat more cultivated, you can always opt for hearty homemade pastas, local meat and fish and freshly-baked bread. Sit in a luxurious leather chair under the Murano glass chandeliers, cosy up in one of the more intimate booths for delicious food and wine or keep it simple with a slice of pizza on the terrace.

Afterwards, head to Bar Visconti where every evening is a posh affair. You’ll feel like an A-lister sipping on a glass of local wine or a fancy cocktail with black and white stills from Italian director Visconti’s films adorning the walls, along with frescoes – a nod to the great master painters of the Renaissance era.

Facilities

The luxurious Essere spa offers a selection of treatments from Swedish and deep-tissue massages and skin treatments that will leave you with a lasting glow to aromatherapy to leave you feeling restored and pampered. Immerse yourself in the Roman plunge baths with the sweet, lingering scent of grapes, rosemary and olive oil (used in all treatments) in the air, or enjoy a swim in the heated infinity pool overlooking the mountains and the lush green grounds of the estate.

Activities at Castello di Casole

Most visitors head to Tuscany to sample the sumptuous local cuisine and Castello di Casole holds events where you can do just that. Join their Tuscan cooking class where you can learn to make your own authentic Italian pizzas and pastas and finish off with a tempting gelato tasting session. Brush up on your wine knowledge with the expert consultants on site.

We also recommend a visit to the Collegiate Church of San Gimignano, which houses paintings and frescoes by Italian artists described by UNESCO as ‘works of outstanding beauty.’

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Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

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Hotel location

The closest airport is Florence, which is 50km (or an hour’s drive) away.

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