The Castle is a historical residence, dates back to the year one thousand and has belonged to the della Gherardesca family for thirty-seven generations. This fortified castle was once built as a defence from Saracen attacks. Similar examples of fortified castles can be found in the nearby region at Bolgheri, Donoratico, Castiglioncello and Segalari.
Throughout the centuries, the Gherardesca family have become related to numerous important families such as the house of Svevia, Gonzaga, Medici and Romanov. Further, the Gherardescas have two saints in the family, Saint Guido and Saint Walfredo.
Of all the family’s ancestors, Conte Ugolino is without a doubt the most well-known. Dante wrote of him in one of his most famous and moving cantos in the Divine Comedy, where Count Ugolino is left to starve in a tower with his sons and grandsons. A statue of the Count now welcomes its visitors by the entrance of the Castle. A copy of the same sculpture can also be found at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
The Castle is a privately owned home, which has, amazingly enough, been in the hands of the same family since it was first built. Over the years, the Castle has hosted a wide range of personalities from the finance, fashion and music industries as well as numerous royals.
OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CASTLE
The Castle is an ideal location for events such as weddings, parties, cocktails, gala dinners, corporate lunches and dinners, seminars, presentations, tastings, fashion shoots, concerts, performances, to name only a few. It is also possible to stay over night in one of the sumptuous bedrooms and to organize a guided tour of the Castle (minimum 10 people) followed by a tasting of Tuscan specialties prepared by the castle’s family’s cook
RENTING THE CASTLE
Parts of the Castle are available for rent with staff – upon application.
The Castle can be rented in conjunction with events or simply for a holiday period. The Castle offers private access to the beach.
The Castle is located at the highest point of the charming village of Castagneto Carducci. It overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and the beautiful landscapes of Maremma, one of the best preserved and charming areas of the Tuscan coast.
From the Castle’s terraces on a clear day, one can spot the nearby isles of Elba, Corsica, Capraia and Gorgona.
This historical residence is only 6 km (3.7 miles) from the seaside and offers private access to a beautiful beach that can be reached by foot through the sloping dunes and aromatic pine groves.
The island of Elba, visible from the Castle’s terraces, is reachable by ferry or hydrofoil from Piombino (30 minutes by car).
Pisa airport is only 45 minutes away by car and Florence airport 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Some of the splendid destinations nearby are Volterra (1 hour), Massa Marittima (40 minutes), San Gimignano (1 hour and 20 minutes), Florence (1 hour and 30 minutes), Pisa (50 minutes) and Siena (2 hours).