Here are just a few of the casltes and fortresses around Florence and elsewhere in Tusacny that make up the rich history of Italy, with owners like Medici's, Pazzi, Ricasoli and so on.   You may either dicscuss and  choose an itinerary with Artan or just enclude it in in one of your wine tasting or shopping tours.



Bibbiano's Castle

Bibbiano's Castle overlooks the Ombrone Valley and the underlying town of Buonconvento, just south of Siena, in the Val d'Arbia.  


Dates back to the year 850, as property of the Longobard count Guinigi di Reghinari at the time of emperor Ludovico II. 




Poppi's Castle is the most important medieval monument of the whole Casentino area, it lies on the banks of the Arno river.   Unlike all the other castles and architectures of the zone it wasn't  ruined by time, having always been used as residence of the local political or administrative power, in fact it is still today the seat of the Comune of Poppi.


Poppi - Arezzo

Brolio Castle 

Brolio castle is situated in the center of the area of Chianti that belongs to the province of Siena, overlooking boundles vineyards.   Since 1141 the Ricasoli distilled their famous wines, storing them in the cellars inside the great thick walls of the fortress. 






Lucignano Fortress belonged to the Siena town until 1176 before Florence took over. 

It is one of the most extraordinary examples of medieval urbanism because of its elliptical plant with concentric rings. 

Lucignano castle

Montalcino castle

Montalcino castle  began its construction in 1361 and today is still practically intact with pentagonal plant endowed with towers at all angles. 

During the half of the 16th century, a mighty Medicean rampart was added by Cosimo. 


Paneretta fortress was formerly a simple late medieval stronghold on the border between Siena and Florence with a quadrilateral structure. 


In 1577 the Paneretta became property of Ludovico Capponi that undertook great works for changing the structure of the castle in country residential villa and in 1669 the castle passed onto the Riccardi family that remained its owner until 1871, when completed its definitive transformation in the villa, the Paneretta became property of the Strozzi.    


Today the castle-villa is seat of the farm that brings the same name manufacturer of an excellent wine Chianti Classico.

Villa Paneretta

Verrazzano Castle



Verrazzano Castle -  the explorer and cartographer, Giovanni di Pier Andrea di Bernardo da Verrazzano was born at the estate in 1485.   From his travels to North America, in 1520 and through to 1525 where he charted the east coast, he became famous.   The Verrazzano Narrows bridge in New York City carries his name. 


You may visit the gardens, the centuries-old ageing cellars and as a curiosity, the wild boars which are reared naturally in the surrounding woods.  Together with their wines and all the various products of the Farm, can be tasted.


Trebbio Castle is only a short distance from Florence and is situated in the lovely hamlet of Trebbio built as a small fortress by Pazzi Family in 1184, and later extended (14th and 15th century).    The complex has a rectangular shape, articulated around the courtyard approachable exclusively through a gate protected by a tower


It's fame is due to the "Pazzi Conspiracy", a plot organized by the Pazzi family in 1478 in order to kill their old enemies Giuliano and Lorenzo de' Medici.       


Wine tasting with Chianti Rufina and Chianti Colli Fiorentini

Trebbio Castle




Querceto Castle

Castello di Querceto - farm of 180 hectares, is in the Dudda area which includes suggestive woods, mainly of chestnut-trees and oak-trees.   


The castle has a Longobard origins and was the residence of the Pitti family and it is known that as late as in 1427 it was cited by Coppo di Bindo Canigiani.

Under the fire-bricks vaults of the old cellars there are oak-wood barrels and barriques, which give the wines of Castello the aristocratic elegance and velvet tonality which are their mark.


There is a wide range of Castle's wines- the Chianti Classico is supplemented by the various Crus, red wines made both with traditional and innovative grapes     There is also a very fine pure olive oil. 




Castello di Vicchiomaggio - origins can be traced to the year 957 AD, when it was built by the Longobards.  


The Castle is also found in the archives of Leonardo da Vinci who was a guest of the estate when he painted the Mona Lisa.   The famous academic Francesco Redi, prepared his renowned "Bacco in Toscana", (published in 1685) at Vicchiomaggio.    It was also the site of the recent film "Much Ado About Nothing".


Visitors will find the castle perfectly renovated and can explore the corridors under the castle and admire the magnificent barrels and hundreds bottles peacefully ageing. Its garden offers unrivalled views of the Chianti Hills and Greve Valley.     


In the imposing renaissance ball-rooms of the castle can be served full meals based on traditional recipes.      The restaurant of the castle offers the chance to taste originaI dishes in an idyllic setting. 

Vicchiomaggio Castle



Meleto Castle stands in the heart of Chianti Classico originally belonged to the Benedictine monks of the Coltibuono Abbey.  The Castle still has its massive 15 th century fortifications with an imposing cylindrical tower built as protection against artillery fire.    But there is also the aristocratic nobile grace of the villa, with its sequence of furnished and decorated rooms, and an unparalleled 18th century theatre. 

Alberto Firidolfi's daughter, Lucrezia and, in 1852, Baron Bettino 's daughter Elisabetta, held their weddings here and wedding functions still continue until today.   Also available  - food and wine tasting.


Meleto Castle


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