Castello di Vicarello
Castello di Vicarello is a fairytale 11th century castle, situated on a hill top surrounded by olive groves and cypress trees, a real secret hideaway with breathtaking views. Sat on its own vineyard and producing acclaimed wines this is a Tuscan Dream.
At a Glance
Selected in the 101 Best Hotels in The World, 2012 Tatler Travel Awards
The Spa at Vicarello is built entirely from wood and glass and boasts breathtaking views over the Tuscan countryside
Two stunning outdoor infinity pools
The hotel sits on its own vineyard - two of the organically produced red wines from the estate have won plaudits from specialist guides
The hotel is a 900 year old castle
Upon reaching the castle via a long gravel track you are greeted with a warm Tuscan welcome and the amazing aromas of Aurora’s Tuscan kitchen.
Rooms are located around a central courtyard which is used during the day and evening as a tranquil dining space. All of the rooms are individually designed with many unique pieces of furniture picked up from around the world by the owners, Aurora and Carlo Baccheschi Berti.
You can stroll among the kitchen gardens and breathe in the wonderful aroma of more than a thousand rose bushes, as well as fresh rosemary and lavender.
Appearing to almost float above the adjoining field beside the Infinity pool, The Spa at Vicarello is built entirely in wood and glass and blends perfectly with its surroundings. The spa offers plantar reflexology, shiatsu as well as a hot tub. The range of massages on offer use only hand crafted massage oils and essences using herbs and plants grown in Castello di Vicarello’s own gardens, produced at a Florentine pharmacy.
Castello di Vicarello's suites have been tastefully restored to a high standard but still retain the lovely original stone and brick walls to give them an authentic feel. There is a combination of antique and modern furniture in the room giving it originality and luxury. Four of the suites overlook the castle courtyard, whilst the other three are surrounded by the luscious gardens.
A room of windows this suite boasts incredible views of the rolling Tuscan hills all the way down to the sea. Benefitting from a very secluded setting on the estate, this suite is perfect for honeymooners.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at Castello di Vicarello. The hotel can provide cots for babies and toddlers and extra beds for older children to comfortably accommodate families. There is a babysitting service upon request for those that require it.
The owner of the hotel, Aurora, serves the most delicious home-made Tuscan cuisine. The majority of the ingredients are grown in the grounds giving the dishes plenty of flavor and freshness. Dinner is served in the candlelit courtyard in the summer and by the cosy fireplace in the winter.
There are some fabulous vineyards nearby that are definitely worth a visit for a tour and some wine tasting. If you would like a bit of an adventure, go and explore the region on foot - the owner's will be able to give you lots of advice on the best places to go to.
There are two wonderful swimming pools for you to relax in and by during the warmer months and a natural spa which offers holistic treatments and has a sauna and a Turkish bath for you to unwind in.
Location & Directions
Situated in the hills near Poggi di Sasso, surrounded by olive groves and the most amazing panoramic views of the wooded Tuscan hills.
When to go
The Mediterranean climate makes Tuscany a year round destination. It is important to remember that the main tourism season stretches from mid-April to the end of September with July and August being peak months. The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are "fewer" tourists. Many have also discovered the advantages of visiting during the "low season" (winter and early spring) as rates are lower and the reduced number of tourists is visible.