Authentic Tuscan Experiences
Head out from Castello di Casole and find endless things to do in Siena, Italy, and the surrounding hill towns. Spring and summer in Tuscany are full of green grass and flowers in bloom, perfect for biking or Vespa rides to the hill towns. Autumn is just as magical thanks to olive and grape harvests. Hunt for truffles and mushrooms, set off on winter winery tours, and uncover the region’s history. Every season promises magical memories.
Start planning your ‘villeggiatura’ — an intrinsic Italian concept all about slow, sensuous summers.
Discover why Castello di Casole has been awarded the “I Cieli più belli d’Italia'' quality astro tourism certification, which identifies the very best locations for observing Italy’s beautiful night sky.
Join us on an astrotour with a telescope in our grounds. Sip a refreshing aperitif before an English-speaking astronomer hosts a lesson in nocturnal orienteering. Discern the stars, galaxies, planets and nebulae through a powerful telescope and discover how to navigate your way in the dark using the constellations.
Tuscany is home to the rarest and finest truffles on earth. Head out with your expert guide and experienced Lagotto Romagnolo dogs to uncover these elusive tubers.
After, return to the hotel for an irresistible four-course truffle-inspired dinner created by Chef Daniele Sera.
Hiking and Biking
Hiking is the perfect way to see the best of Italy’s natural landscapes. Explore vineyards and olive groves, historic castles and hamlets as you relish the peace and harmony of the landscape. Guided tours are available for every ability level. The concierge can also recommend the favoured hiking trails in Tuscany and provide a map for self-guided walks.
Or, set off on a romantic bike ride through the meadows and tree-lined roads that crisscross the estate. Mensano, Radicondoli, Casole d’Elsa and Monteriggioni are excellent mountain biking destinations. For the ambitious, San Gimignano and Colle di Val d’Elsa are favourite half-day trips. For road riders, there is an exceptional biking centre moments from the Castello. Our concierge can arrange a tailored tour package, ready for your arrival.
Living Like an Etruscan
Discover the fascinating history of the Etruscan civilization. Begin the day with a local specialist at the Etruscan Museum in Casole. Or, journey to a secluded Etruscan tomb site to learn about the ancient civilication’s life and death customs.
A gentle downhill cycle among rolling hills leads you back to Castello di Casole. As a reward for your active exploits, visit our serene spa for therapeutic treatments inspired by Etruscan traditions.
Accompanied by our guide, head out into the wilderness and forage for wild herbs that grow within our grounds.
Then, savour your hand-picked plants in a cosy corner of the hotel as they are infused in a relaxing herbal tea, paired with exquisite treats prepared by chef Daniele Sera.
First Light Walks
Discover our leafy grounds at daybreak with Leica Trinovid 8x42 HD binoculars. Listen to early morning wind rustle through our vineyards, olive groves, oak forests and rapeseed fields. Through the binoculars, which offer exceptionally high-contrast images, marvel at the wildlife coming to vivid life.
Choose from guided options with photographer Marco Casino or a nature guide. Or opt for a self-guided walk using a map.
Learn how to cook stunning Italian dishes using the finest local ingredients, including fruits and vegetables from our own gardens.
We’ll provide all of the materials you need to create fresh pasta, delicious bread, tiramisu and other local classics.
Set off at dawn or sunset for an enchanting woodland safari. Unlock the secrets of the landscape with Head Gamekeeper Paolo as you venture through the forest in a Range Rover.
Spot wild-boar, hare, deer, pheasant and porcupine as the woods become a hive of activity in the lowlight. After your trail, a delicious picnic awaits.