If you’re looking to spend a beautiful and luxurious summer in Italy then look no further than these impressive castles and villas in Tuscany. With castles dating back to the 13th century and beautiful villas that are steeped in aristocratic culture and history, the region is also lined with hilltops, quaint farmhouses, and vineyards where some of the best wines in the world originate from. Some of the castles and villas are also hotels, and are a welcome luxurious break on your tour of the historic Tuscan landscape.
Summer is the best time to visit Tuscany, and the warmest months are usually July and August, although June and September are both very pleasant as well. Summer in Italy is full of life, wine and sun, and is the perfect vacation destination. The warm summer weather means you can make use of the surrounding beaches and is the perfect time to explore the gardens of the castles and villas in Tuscany. Plus, if you are hoping to stay in one of Tuscany’s luxurious villas or Tuscany castles, they all have pools, and summer is by far the best time to use them, as it can get a little bit chilly in the winter months.
Because the villas, castles and vineyards are scattered throughout Tuscany, the only way to experience the beautiful Tuscan landscape is by renting a car in Italy and driving. With a car you have the freedom to explore the tiny villages of Italy, drive through its surrounding countryside, visit the castles in Tuscany, and really experience the true Tuscan lifestyle.
Day Attraction Castle
Castello Malaspina – Fosdinovo (Massa Carrara)
Castello Malaspina is a true fairytale kingdom and one of the most magical castles in Italy, built in 1340 the defensive towers of the castle date back to 1200. The castle has everything you would expect from a well-preserved medieval castle, including four towers, courtyards, patrol trenches, hanging gardens, an ancient defensive wall and galleries. You are able to explore the intricate rooms that were decorated in the late 19th Century, and discover antique furniture, paintings and instruments of torture. The castle also has spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Castle and Hotel
Castello di Spaltenna – Chianti
Set in the heart of the Chianti wine-region, Castello di Spaltenna is not only a beautiful castle set in the Tuscan landscape but also a hotel! The nearly thousand-year-old castle has 30 rooms, eight suites, two swimming pools and a spa. The castle feels like a secret hideaway as well as a step back in time–filled with armor, shields, spears, stonewalls, wrought iron beds, genuine antiques and terracotta floors. The hotel also boasts an underground bar with a wine cellar and is surrounded by stunning woods and vineyards.
Best Vineyards Castle
Castello di Verrazzano – Greve in Chianti (Florence)
Castello di Verrazzano–located on a hilltop overlooking the gorgeous Chianti Classico area of the Greve Valley. The castle dates back to at least the 7th Century, when it became the property of the Verrazzano family–the famous sailor Giovanni who discovered the bay of New York was part of this prestigious family. But now, wine is what this part of Tuscany is famous for. The 52 hectares of Verrazzano vineyards date back to the 12th Century and still produce wine to this day, produced by current owners the Cappellini family. You can visit the vineyards and the wine cellars throughout the summer with one of the castle’s wine tours, which include lunch and tasting options.
Exquisite Castle Hotel
Castello Sonnino – Montespertoli
This aristocratic villa was once home to Italian statesman Sidney Sonnino, and the property now belongs to Baron Alessandro and Baroness Caterina de Renzis Sonnino. Castello Sonnino has a historic library, kitchen with open fireplace and its own chapel. Originally you could only rent the tower, but now you are able to rent the whole property, including the Chianti wine estate. You are in true Tuscany with this castle that doesn’t have a pool, it just has its own lake!
Stunning Villa to Rent
Villa Firenze – Tuscany
Located just a 15 minute drive away from Florence, this luxury villa was built in the 18th Century by the famous Florentine architect Poggi. The exterior of Villa Firenze features a cypress-lined driveway, formal gardens, and ancient olive groves. Inside the villa you will be in awe of the color-washed walls, frescos, fireplaces, and glass chandeliers, as well as six bedrooms and bathrooms, a steam room, games room, gym and infinity pool. Staying in this villa is a real insight into aristocratic Italian life. The villa stay also offers a private tour of the Uffizi Art Museum, a hot air balloon ride over the Chianti vineyards and a private chef.
Day Attraction: Historic Villa
The Gardens at the Medici Villa – Florence
Just a few km from Florence, the world heritage site of the Villa Medicea is an elegant villa with surrounding Italian gardens in a complex that is well worth a visit for a day trip. Unfortunately, the villa is privately owned by the Crusca Academy for Italian language, and so only the gardens are open for visitors. The villa was bought by the Medici family in 1477, and the family commissioned the gardens to be built in 1538 by Niccolo Tribolo, making them one of the first Italian gardens in history. The garden features numerous sculptures, terraces, the Cave of Animals, and two hidden secret gardens. It’s also free to visit the gardens!
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