Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its artistic and architectural heritage attracts millions of visitors each year to visit world-famous museums such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.
Is there a place more alluring than the Italian Riviera? A place at once more quaint, seductive and Old Worldly than the Cinque Terre? Far removed from the glamour of San Remo further along the Riviera, these five small villages are strung together by the Via Dell'Amore - the lover's walk - winding through beaches, olive groves, vineyards and chestnuts along the terraced seaside slopes. Largely inaccessible by car, you'll want to hike some, or, hop aboard the train...it's only five minutes from town to town.
Only New York, Paris and London can challenge Milan in the world of fashion, but Milan takes the crown for the design capital of Europe. Italy's most prosperous city, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Prada - all call Milan home. And you'll definately want to pick up a new number from the ultra-chic shops if you plan on hitting the city's vibrant nightlife.
The joys of visiting Lake Como, in any season, are simple. It is a postcard perfect destination - serene blue waters giving way to small picturesque lakeside villages with the distant Alps silhouetted in the background. Catch one of the ferries and travel about the lake from town to charming town, pausing only for local tastings and antipasti. Perhaps no one has put it better than Virgil, who simply called Como "the greatest lake".
The whole world over, few cities are as surreal and captivating as Venice. Even fewer are as romantic. Its charm and character from many - Italian, Ottoman, Oriental, Byzantine and Gothic - all helped to shape majestic Venice. Through these canals and channels little miracles of art and architecture abound. Of course, the greatest of these wonders is the city itself, crafted not to challenge, but rather to embrace the Adriatic.
Once the center of the entire known world - today, nearly 2,800 years later, we discover not all that much has changed. The legendary Grandeur of Rome is as alive as ever. On every street, around every corner, from every vantage point, one can't help but be awed by this bastion of unrivaled artistic and cultural achievement. And yet, it is thoroughly modern. Never mind a day, Rome is almost three millennia in the making.
It's no secret that the cuisine of Italy is often regarded as the world's finest. And, as many seasoned visitors will tell you, the cuisine of Naples is perhaps the best in all of Italy. Although it's recognized as the birthplace of La vera pizza (true pizza) and many spectacular pasta and pastry dishes, the greatest treasure is the espresso, which as every Neapolitan will adamantly tell you, is the world's best.
The Castello di Casole estate is ideally located in the most favored region in all of tuscany. Those that know the region treasure this particular locale for the Castello is central to the most desirable Tuscan destinations. Idyllic Siena is just 20 minutes east, and Florence 45 minutes north. The coast is a scenic hours drive. The walled fortress of Monteriggioni is a comfortable bike ride. Our nearby neighbors are the hill towns of Mensano, Radicondoli and the namesake, Casole in the distance, the legendary towers of San Gimignano rise on the horizon.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude 43° 19’ 33’’N, Longitude 11° 5’ 2”E