Astonishing Italian castle
Siena, Siena 53011 Italy
Interior, exterior and aerial photos page: 1
Siena, a city in Italy’s central Tuscany, is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings. The fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is dominated by the Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic town hall, and Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th-century tower with sweeping views from its distinctive white crown. From this square at the center of town extend the city’s 17 historic contrade (wards).
The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.
Description: “Despite the alterations and extensions that have occurred in the course of its history, the Castle has retained the appearance of a real fortress. As you go through to the courtyard, with its charming loggia and gardens, the view of vineyards, olive groves and typical Sienese countryside is spectacular. Although some rooms were decorated in the 18th century, many remain medieval in their architectural style. The estate extends over 630 hectares not far from the medieval city of Siena. In fact one can see Siena from certain parts of the property. The Castle dominates its surroundings looking out over several of its farm houses that have been meticulously restored and given comfortable and luxurious interiors with big gardens, four large swimming pools and a tennis court. There are currently18 hectares of vineyards but there is the potential to increase production up to 60 or 70 hectares. The vine varieties are Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier. The property produces award winning wines and olive oil. There is an olive grove of 1,500 trees. The property would also be ideal for horses with 28 hectares of pasture and ample room for barns and boxes. There are two lakes on the property used for irrigation which are also used for fishing.”