One of Italy’s twenty regions, and likely its most famous, Tuscany is located in the northwestern edge of Italy’s boot – the high laces, if you will. The capital city, Florence, is world-renowned as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance while the countryside is heralded for its Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello wines.
The scenery, for starters. From rolling hills to the iconic cypress trees and bountiful vineyards, Tuscany is one of our planet’s true pastoral treasures. Plus, it’s one of the best gastronomic destinations in the world.
Each year the airport in Florence, Tuscany’s capital, gets better and better, while the train is a comfortable and easy option from Rome and Milan. Rental cars are highly recommended for the best touring in Tuscany, particularly the Via Chiagiana (Chianti Route).
As with anyplace where the living is easy, it’s best to adopt the local pace and slow down. No need to stuff your itinerary with every top vineyard or magnificent hill town. Instead, take your time at the ones you’ve chosen and savor your days under that famous Tuscan sun.
After weeks of online voting, the 10th-century Tuscan castle estate Castello di Casole won out as the top choice in our Tablet 10: Best of 2012 contest. But Castello di Casole wasn’t the only winner. Jennifer Causby, whose entry was chosen from the thousands of readers who participated in the contest, cast her vote for the NoMad Hotel in New York, where she’ll be spending three nights on the house. Congratulations, Jennifer!
To learn more about the contest’s top hotel, which won the popular vote by an impressive margin, we reached out to Laura Fiore, Castello di Casole’s Director of Sales & Marketing, for a few insider pointers on making the most of a stay at the estate.
Our estate-produced “C” Wine. We have over 88 acres of petit verdot and sangiovese grapes on the estate and produce two red wines – “C” and “Dodici.”
Homemade ravioli stuffed with pappa al pomodoro filling followed by the saffron risotto and veal shank. Our executive chef and his team are passionate about our cuisine and change our menus seasonally using the freshest local ingredients. Homemade pastas, pastries and breads are made daily. Also, don’t miss the pizza cooked in the castle’s original brick oven.
Castello di Casole offers guests a true lifestyle Tuscan experience. On the estate, guests can enjoy cooking classes, pottery classes, painting classes and game viewing with our very own game keeper. The estate has a private game reserve where guests can view wild animals such as boar, pheasant and hare.
We once had a client that asked for a grand piano to be delivered to his suite as he loved playing piano. More common requests range anywhere from recommendations of what to do in the area and which wineries and restaurants we suggest.
Indulge in our heated infinity pool and take in the breathtaking views.