Castello di Gargonza

Location Arezzo

Postcode 52048

Telephone 0575847021

££

Why we love it...

Beautifully restored castle

The Place

Not so much a castle as an entire 13thC fortified hamlet, Gargonza was once a working farm where Dante Aligheri was a guest. Perched high above typical, unspoilt Tuscan landscape, it has been beautifully (but not overly) restored; the ancient walls encircle a cluster of buildings including a tower, a church and an octagonal well. Its uneven paved alleyways are traffic free, although you can drive in with your luggage.

The foresteria, or guesthouse, has seven fairly Spartan rooms rentable for a minimum of three days in high season. The 25 self-catering apartments (named after past occupants) are let on a weekly basis and offer good value for groups or families. They are comfortable and mostly spacious, with new bathrooms, pretty coordinating fabrics, working fireplaces and cleverly concealed kitchen units. Note that housekeeping is only available upon request.

Breakfast is served in the frantoio (the old olive press), which also houses a sitting room graced with the only TV on the premises. Just below the walls, a rustic restaurant serves excellent local specialities, including homemade pici with duck sauce and superb Chainana beef. The addition of a pool, on a terrace bordered by rosemary hedges, is welcome.

The Essentials

Price Band ££
Rooms 47 rooms spread out over 13 buildings (including self-catering apartments)
Food Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Facilities On-site restaurant, sitting room, TV room, Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, yoga, massages, cooking classes
Children Welcome
Accessibility Apartment outside the main village that is accessible for wheelchair users, but the rest of the hotel is not easily accessible
Pets Accepted on request

To Book

Contact Neri and Elisa Guicciardini
Call 0575847021
Email info@gargonza.it
Website gargonza.it

Good To Know

Address Gargonza , Monte San Savino, Arezzo 52048
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The Location

Find this place: Arezzo, Tuscany

What's nearby: Arezzo (25km); Chianti; Val di Chiana

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