Experience Italian La Dolce Vita at the Castello di Vicarello Hotel

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This 12th century castle, restored with a lot of love, offers an authentic insight into the Italian way of life through immersive experiences, local food and wine and amazing views of the Maremma…

The Castello di Vicarello boutique estate is home to just nine uniquely designed suites, an award-winning organic vineyard, an al fresco spa boutique and two swimming pools with dramatic views of the spectacular and idyllic surrounding landscape.

If you are planning only one trip this summer, we suggest you visit the Maremma region in Tuscany. Blessed with stunning gardens and surrounded by vineyards, with a fairytale atmosphere and breathtaking views, Castello di Vicarello is an untouched, ultra-boutique authentic Italian destination, offering everything you need - from gentle days of relaxation by the pool and yoga classes to more active adventures like cycling, hiking and horseback riding through beautiful nature - this is the perfect destination to disconnect from everyday life, reconnect with nature and enjoy true Italian hospitality with authenticity at heart.

Located between Rome and Florence and owned by the Italian Baccheschi Berti family, the property was hand-picked for its exceptional location and lovingly restored and directed through the artistic vision of its owners. Castello di Vicarello has since introduced a new level of contemporary luxury into Tuscan nature, attracting discerning travelers. With its cordial service, local cuisine and its two outdoor swimming pools, the property has established itself as one of the most enchanting hotels in the region.

A homage to Tuscany and authentic Italy

An authentic Italian cuisine is in the heart of the estate and Epicureans are invited to discover the special seasonal flavors of Tuscany through cooking classes. With the help of the chef, Kevin Luigi Fomoni, the holistic experience begins in the organic vegetable garden of the estate, where guests can learn more about the philosophy of Castello di Vicarello, which vegetables are available for picking during a certain season and gain insight into exclusive centuries-old secrets for cooking or growing herbs and vegetables. Following the family recipes from chef Aurora Baccheschi Berti "My Tuscan cuisine", guests can master the basic art of the Tuscan specialty "Pappa al Pomodoro", homemade egg pasta and delicious tiramisu dessert.

With six acres of high-density organic vineyards on the estate, enophiles can immerse themselves in a superior wine experience. During the tasting, guests can try award-winning wines made from organic grapes, grown and harvested on the Castello di Vicarello estate. Sharing the story of this family’s passion for creating the best possible Tuscan wines, producer Brando Baccheschi Berti personally guides guests through the production process from grapes to bottles. The tasting takes place in the magical atmosphere of the castle courtyard or in the middle of the vineyards, making a truly unforgettable experience.

Discover Maremma and the beautiful surroundings

To connect with the spectacular scenery of the castle and take advantage of the sunnier climate, guests are invited to book a selection of special tours by boat, horse or bicycle. Dreamy nature surrounds the estate, from vineyards, forests, meadows and olive groves to the Tuscan coast and the surrounding medieval villages and larger cities, including Montalcino, Siena, Pienza and Castiglione della Pescaia. Spend the day cruising through the blue Mediterranean coast, along with a delicious lunch, freshly prepared at the Vicarello estate, or at the restaurant of your choice. Guests can stop in local villages along the Tuscan coast and visit the stunning sandy beaches of Maremma in the national park, including the island of Giglio, full of some of the best restaurants in the region.

One of the best ways to discover the untouched beauty of Maremma is on horseback. With qualified guides who guide individuals or small groups through the hills, the riding adventure is perfect for both experienced and beginners. Also, guests can embark on a 2-3-hour cycling or e-cycling tour with the knowledge of Emiliano from Vicarello, which will lead guests on gently paved roads or, for those looking for excitement, more challenging rocky terrain.

Perfect master classes

For those who can't get enough of the Italian way of life, Castello di Vicarello offers the opportunity to experience a unique master class in leather making. Guided by renowned leather designer Era Balestrieri, guests can spend the day learning the true Italian art of making, visiting a tannery, to choose leather, and then transform it into their top-notch handmade accessories. From craft belts to handbags - this unusual master class is something not to be missed.

Truffle lovers and gourmets who plan to visit the castle later in the year are invited to learn the skill of truffle hunting first hand, along with experienced guides and dogs. Alternatively, you can visit the olive groves in September to learn and experience the magic of traditional olive picking and the olive oil production process. Castello di Vicarello offers Epicureans an exclusive opportunity to then try freshly pressed olive oil during a traditional Tuscan three-course lunch.

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