Head west from Siena, and you’ll soon find yourself happily captivated by the rugged charm of Tuscany’s heartlands. Staying to explore is without question. This wilderness is irresistible.
Belmond Castello di Casole enjoys a peerless vantage point over all this natural beauty, perched high in the hills overlooking a vast nature reserve. Wildlife lovers need only draw back their curtains and soak up the breathtaking views, or sink into a comfortable spot in the gardens and admire the sights, smells and sounds of the region. If the time comes when the view simply isn’t enough, there’s nothing for it but to set off into the green expanse for a true adventure.
Undoubtedly, the finest time to explore is at first or last light, when the sky’s changing sparks a buzz of activity among the furry and feathered residents of the reserve. Climb aboard a jeep with our rangers and head out into the 4,200 acre estate for a sunrise or sunset safari tour. You’ll be driven to the best spots for sightings of wild boar, pheasants, deer, foxes and porcupines. Catching a glimpse of these wild animals in the spectacular lighting takes on a mythical resonance, and is an enchanting way to reconnect with nature.
Of course, our guests arrive here in search of incredible flavours. It’s no secret that Tuscany’s mineral-rich soil produces some of the world’s finest ingredients. True gastronomes will have come seeking the most precious of foodie treasures, and the good news is that we know just where to find them. It’s just a case of digging a little deeper.
The thrill of the truffle hunt is an unmissable experience in Tuscany. You can’t help but feel that the serene surface of the landscape conceals a wealth of earthly treasures. Delve into the nearby oak forest on a guided hunt with up to eight guests. Experienced Lagotto Romagnolo dogs lead the way along an ancient riverbed where you’ll uncover the precious tubers, hiding beneath the surface like rare gems.
Return to the castle with your bounty and leave it to us to prepare a celebratory hunters feast, served at Tosca or Bar Visconti. There’s no finer way to savour the wonders of wild Tuscany than fresh from the earth and into the frying pan. Simple. Sublime.
Tuscany grows some of the world’s best truffles, and at Belmond Castello di Casole you can unearth your own. Head off on a truffle hunt through the estate, accompanied by an expert guide. Experienced Lagotto Romagnolo dogs will also assist.
You can then taste your findings at a celebratory meal at Bar Visconti. It’s the ultimate indulgence.
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