This impressive 500 year old castle is ideally situated in the Tuscan countryside not far from Lucca, Pisa and Florence. 40 minutes from the international airports of Florence and Pisa and just 20 minutes from Montecatini Terme, it is very convenient. Offering six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, a billiard room, and grand antique furnishings, the castle is a magical retreat inspiring children and adults alike to imagine what it was like to live in Princely fashion during the Renaissance.
One of 12 hunting residences that belonged to Grand Duke Ferdinando I de ‘Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent), the castle has been fully updated to 21st century comfort and convenience while retaining much of the original ambience including the original Renaissance chapel, a Hunting room and an Armors Corridor lined, as you might expect, with examples of Renaissance armor.
The white washed walls and tiled floors contrast with ancient wooden beams and rustic features combining modern and traditional elements.There is a grand living room, six beautifully furnished bedrooms, nine luxurious bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and an impressive dining room with a stone fireplace and a table large enough to comfortably seat more than a dozen guests. Furnished with the owner’s personal cutlery, porcelain and fine tablecloths along with Venetian glass chandeliers and Persian carpets, the castle continues its high standard of luxury down to the smallest details.
The large swimming pool that is surrounded by cypress trees, is set in a walled garden not far from the house. With gardens and an outdoor dining area, the castle is perfect for outdoor as well as indoor entertainment. In addition, there is abundant opportunity for hiking and cycling. Being in the Chianti region of Tuscany, there’s also fun areas to explore for wine tasting.
For something a little less secluded, the charming town of Lucca with its Renaissance city walls, wide enough to walk and cycle around the 2 ½ mile periphery, is minutes away. Be sure to take some time to wander its narrow streets, browse its many elegant shops, and appreciate its piazzas. The most famous is the Piazza Amphitheater which was originally a Roman amphitheater and today, almost 2000 years later, is a charming spot for people-watching and markets.
Whether you want to explore the nearby towns, relax around the swimming pool or savor the luxury offered by this magnificent castle, this is sure to be a vacation you and your family will treasure.