Castello di Casole sits in the western hill town area of Tuscany. Tour Tuscany just outside the Estate. Within a short drive are intriguing villages where the joys of the Tuscan life are quietly enjoyed at a comfortable distance from popular tourist destinations.
- Casole d’Elsa: The namesake of Castello di Casole is a beautiful, quiet village of ancient brick buildings. There are panoramic views around every corner. Originally an Etruscan settlement, the Casole fell under control of Siena in the 13th century. Its many historical buildings make for fascinating touring. Distance from Castello di Casole: 6 miles (and for road bikers, one of the great climbs in the region).
- San Gimignano: Perhaps the most medieval of any destination in Tuscany, this easily walkable hilltop town is home to 14 beautiful towers – the remains of more than 70 that once punctuated its skyline. There’s a wide array of 14th- and 15th-century art to be found at spots such as the Museo Civico and the Museo d’art Sacra. The Museo della Tortura offers a hair-raising collection of historical torture instruments, including some still used around the world today. The 14th-century fortress of Rocca is a romantic ruin offering lovely views of the town. Climb the Torre Grossa – the tallest tower – for incredible views of rooftops and surrounding geography. Distance from Castello di Casole: 12 miles.
- Monteriggioni: A beautifully preserved medieval fortress village on a hilltop surrounded by 13th century walls that have survived almost intact. Dante compared the town’s 14 towers to the Titans guarding the bottom rung of Hell. Monteriggioni has a pretty Romanesque church which faces the piazza and houses a public garden. Distance from Castello di Casole: 5 miles.
- Colle di Val d’Elsa: Originally made up of three independent areas, this medieval town, which dates from the 10th century, has been the scene of more than a few struggles over the centuries. Museums and architecture, including Baccio d’Agnolo’s mannerist Palazzo Campana gate (1539), make it a rich destination. Today it is the crystal capital of Italy. Distance from Castello di Casole: 5 miles.
And more: Historical and architecturally significant destinations such as Mensano (1 mile from Castello di Casole) and Radicondoli (5 miles) are both quaint towns ideal for meandering, visiting markets and casual dining, as is Volterra, just 20 scenic miles away from your Villa.