The Palaces and Castles of Tuscany
Our World | On 08, Nov 2011
So you’re in one of the finest and most exclusive cities in Europe – Florence.
Looking for a gala dinner venue or an idyllic setting for a product launch, then let me recommend the professionally run palaces and castles within an hour’s drive of the city. To name just a few of the privately owned, very stately homes…
Castello Vicchiomaggio: One of the most beautiful and well-preserved of the bunch and immersed in a park of more than 130 hectares. As a renowned wine estate, located in the heart of Chianti, it is a shrine of hospitality with good taste, attention to detail and respect for tradition.
Castello Monsanto: The estate covers a total of 206 hectares of which more than half is wooded, the rest given to olive orchards and vineyards. The cellars are magnificent and fascinating, telling their own stories and an on-site restaurant serves only home cooked food prepared by the local women. The beautifully manicured gardens can also host all sorts of activities and functions. From the Terraces of the Castello, at the top of the Elsa valley, you can admire the famous towers of San Gimignano.
Villa Corsini at Mezzomonte: Is a fine example of 16th century architecture and reigns supreme over its vineyards and olive groves in the enchanting landscape of the Florentine hills. The halls and the rooms of the Villa (palace to you and me) are embellished with magnificent frescoes and decorative ceilings, offerings of the artists that have all worked there. Taking into consideration the quiet roads, the stunning landscape, and the close proximity of Florence airport – you have to be on to a winner here for a car launch!
Castello Meleto: For something a little bit more personal, maybe a cookery lesson, an intimate dinner, olive oil tasting, then the hospitality emanating from the gorgeous family who own this castle at the end of a driveway lined with junipers and cypresses, will just delight!
Gourmets, wine buffs and art lovers will be in their element. Probably the greatest repository of art in the world, Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making.
Susan Sexton, Events Team