The medieval Castle being a national historic monument is located in the heart of the hills of the Prosecco Veneto, between Venice and the Dolomites.
The Castle, one of the largest and oldest in Europe, is surrounded by a beautiful park with a hotel with 80 elegant rooms, suites and apartments located in three different settings (inside the castle, in the dependance and in the Villa), a Spa & Beauty Farm, a sophisticated restaurant, a family pizza restaurant as well as pubs, wine cellars and wine bars.
Aristocratic Florentine villa, placed on the slope of Fiesole’s elegant hill, offers splendid views of Florence and of Fiesole’s landscape. The Villa was named “The Sfacciata”, in the XX century for its dominant position and its beautiful surrounding gardens and park.
It dates back to Medieval times when, we suppose, it appeared as a 14th century cottage with its pretty farm. The Villa was transformed into a palace in the 15th century.
Restoration on a grand scale, carried out by the Salviati family, changed the aspect of the villa. The Salviati family remained the proprietor of the villa throughout,the XVI and XVII centuries. The new intervention restored the building to its simple and, at the same time, sumptuous aspect. The walls of white plaster was restored providing contrast to the “pietra serena”, a Tuscany durable grey stone, which stands out from the thresholds and the chimneys.
Once two castles housed by the sea in the province of La Spezia (it. La Spezia), in one of the bays of the romantic Gulf of Poets (it. Golfo dei Poeti).
The first castle was built in the 12th century, meanwhile the second one was built in the beginning of the 15th century.
The castle of the 12th century takes a dominating position on the rocky cape which embraces the bay from the South side. On the open terrace of the castle civil and symbolic wedding ceremonies and wedding banquets are carried out.
The first accounts relating to the Castle date back to the eleventh century, at that time it was a property of the Benedictine monks. Subsequently it became the property of a local feudal family, then passed to the Ricasoli family.
Now the Castle is a property of the joint-stock company Viticola Toscana established in 1968. An important agricultural transformation takes place between 1968 and 1972, when the Viticola Toscana implants 180 hectares of vineyards, then a large wine making cellar was built and production of the Chianti Classico DOCG wine was begun.
The farmsteads have been renovated and those located near the Castle have been turned into farmhouses (agriturismo).