Step into a fairy tale at Castello di Vicarello, a 900-year-old castle set in the alluring Tuscan countryside. Enjoy contemporary luxury and rustic elegance while surrounded by organic vineyards, olive groves, and farmland. Located in the unique Maremma region, you will have access to some of the most charming Tuscan villages while also relishing the seclusion and tranquility of nature. This beautifully restored ancient castle offers award-winning accommodation and exceptional cuisine, as well as special experiences to enjoy during your stay. Castello di Vicarello also has a spa, two swimming pools, and a library. Whether focused on wellness and rejuvenation, or history and exploration, you can’t go wrong at this elegant estate. 

Location

Where is Castello di Vicarello located? What areas can I visit during my stay?

Set in the wild and distictive Maremma region of Tuscany, the surrounding landscape of Castello di Vicarello is spilling over with history, beauty, and culture. Set high on a hill, this gorgeous estate overlooks rolling hills, vineyards, olive and cypress trees, and the Tyrrhenian Sea. With some of Tuscany’s most fascinating sights at your fingertips, you will have the opportunity to explore ancient towns, energizing cities, and dazzling coastal regions. The sea, hills, and mountains blend to create an area rich in natural beauty as well as local products, such as wine and olive oil. Charming Tuscan villages are easily accessible, and for those who wish to explore further afield, Florence is an hour and a half away.

Key Facts

  • Castello di Vicarello sits on a hilltop within the small town of Poggi del Sasso 
  • Florence and Pisa are a convenient hour and a half drive away, while Rome is two and a half hours away
  • Explore nearby Tuscan towns such as Sorano, Siena, Montalcino, Sovano or Pitigliano

What is special?

  • For those interested in wine tasting, Castello di Vicarello is in the perfect location for vineyard-hopping 
  • The Maremma region is unique due to its access to the sea, long beaches, black rock, woodlands, marshes, and natural thermal baths
  • It is possible to arrive by private plane at Grosseto airport, a 45-minute drive away

What do the guests say?

  • Breathtaking scenery of the most iconic hills in the old world
  • This middle-aged castle is in a great location and makes you travel some centuries back in time
  • The property is off-the-beaten-path which adds to its character, but isn’t too isolated, as it’s possible to make day trips to Siena and Montalcino by car

Accommodation

How many rooms are there and what can I expect from the amenities?

The nine luxuriously restored suites at Castello di Vicarello range from 485 to 1,615 square feet and are tastefully decorated. Each features original stone and brick walls, a variety of antique and modern furniture, and an oriental touch, stemming from the family’s years spent in Indonesia. All rooms accommodate two guests with the possibility of adding a cot or additional bed. The design of each suite is unique, while all offer a warm, rustic elegance with a special characteristic. For instance, the Spa Suite is made of wood and glass, with a steam room, sauna, and outdoor jacuzzi converted from an oak wine barrel. The entire property is steeped in sophisticated comfort, making guests never want to leave.

Key Facts

  • The castle has eight suites and one private villa, perched on a cliffside surrounded by lush vegetation 
  • Room amenities include complimentary high-speed WIFI, air-conditioning, heating, minibar, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee, down comforters and pillows and superior cotton linens
  • Views from each suite vary from valley to sea or castle courtyard to vineyards

What is special?

  • Castello di Vicarello can be rented as an exclusive retreat, sleeping up to 22 people
  • The most prestigious suite occupies an entire floor at the highest point of the castle and boasts stunning, 360-degree panoramic views of the estate
  • Small dogs are welcome by arrangement 

What do the guests say?

  • The property is beautiful, views are breathtaking, and the overall rustic feel is very soothing
  • Magical castle atmosphere, chic, luxurious suites, this is a once in a lifetime experience
  • The rooms are very spacious and traditionally decorated with some modern touches

Pools & Spa

What type of spa treatments or fitness classes are available at the castle?

Rejuvenate and soothe the mind, body, and soul whilst immersed in the unspoiled Tuscan countryside. Sit by the infinity pool and soak in the views of the valley or find complete isolation at the estate’s secluded pool set among the olive groves. The spa at Castello di Vicarello offers beauty treatments, massages, and private yoga and fitness sessions. Spa treatments can be enjoyed from May to September in the privacy of your suite or the gardens, surrounded by the scent of lavender and jasmine. Whether your idea of a workout is a walk through the countryside or a private training session, you can personalize your wellness during your stay. 

Key Facts

  • Castello di Vicarello has a spa and two swimming pools offering stunning views of nature
  • The spa offers wellbeing and massage therapies using organic oils and ingredients from the castle gardens
  • Relax and revive with a private yoga class or fitness session set amidst the tranquil country estate

What is special?

  • Enjoy a fitness walk through the countryside via a guided path to the Ombrone River, or a private training session specific to your fitness regime
  • Castello di Vicarello offers in-room massages, which can be arranged on request
  • For a private spa experience, book the Spa Suite, with a steam room, sauna, and outdoor jacuzzi converted from an oak wine barrel

What do the guests say?

  • The property has two stunning pools overlooking the hills and the olive grove
  • The castle and the surroundings are stunning, they have two beautiful swimming pools where you can just chill and enjoy the views
  • We booked a private yoga session, which was perfect – learned so much that we don’t typically learn in a group setting

Culinary

What can I expect from the dining experience?

The organic garden at Castello di Vicarello is set within the olive grove and cultivates over 50 varieties of vegetables and 30 aromatic herbs. The garden supplies the kitchen with high-quality ingredients for traditional Tuscan farm-to-table meals. You’ll start each day with an organic breakfast of eggs from the hen house, honey from the beehive, and produce from the garden. Whether seated in the dappled sunlight of the grape pergola, under the glass veranda, or in the stone courtyard beneath the stars, you will savor each meal at Vicarello. 

Key Facts

  • Tuscan meals are prepared in an authentic farmhouse kitchen and served in the candlelit flower-filled courtyard
  • Vicarello produces its own award-winning wine and olive oil, and a large amount of meat is hunted on the estate grounds
  • All fruit and vegetables used in the kitchen are grown organically in the hotel gardens

What is special?

  • During the warmer months, it is possible to dine on the top of the castle, under the stars, and among sparkling candlelight
  • There are many secret locations for the perfect romantic dining experience within the ancient castle grounds
  • Special juices and cakes are made daily by the passionate culinary team

What do the guests say?

  • Perfect for foodies; all meals are prepared with organic homegrown ingredients
  • the food is out of this world – I have never eaten so well in my life 
  • The food was delicious and made with local produce from their orchard or nearby suppliers

Activities

What types of activities can be arranged?

What better way to discover the Tuscan countryside than by participating in activities that allow you to experience la dolce vita – the sweet life of Italy! With an emphasis on nature, food, wine, and wellbeing, Castello di Vicarello offers guests unforgettable excursions and classes. From sampling award-winning wines to learning how to cook authentic Tuscan cuisine, you will delight in the local way of life during your stay. Apart from exploring the fascinating Tuscan villages in the vicinity, Vicarello’s natural surroundings offer an abundance of active pursuits and cultural events.

Key Facts

  • Activities offered by the hotel include horse riding, olive harvest, olive oil pressing, leather workshop, wine-tasting, grape harvest, winemaking, truffle hunting and guided or independent biking and trekking
  • Discover nearby, ancient Tuscan towns such as Sorano, Siena, Montalcino, Sovano or Pitigliano
  • Pedal or amble through vineyards, forests, meadows, and olive grove of the majestic Maremma region of Tuscany

What is special?

  • Carlo Baccheschi Berti and his oldest son have established a highly successful vineyard on the slopes around the castle
  • Participate in seasonal activities such as olive or grape harvesting 
  • An on-site cooking class will have you mastering popular Italian dishes such as papa al pomodoro, ravioli maremmani, and tiramisu

What do the guests say?

  • If you’re looking for romance, history, art, fine dining, and peace, Castello Vicarello has it all
  • The hotel organized a communal dinner for all the hotel guests, followed by a star-gazing experience with 2 experts from Siena. It was a privilege to gaze up at the night sky and learn about the constellations, and the group dinner was unforgettable
  • Take the cooking class and learn how to create pasta from scratch and enjoy it later, along with some very nice desserts

Request form

Ready to pack your bags?

    Find out more about Castello di Vicarello…