Tucked between Lucca and Siena and looking out over Tuscany's Maremma coastline, Castello di Magona was built at the beginning of the 16th century and is the historic home of Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. The goal of present-day host Cesare Merciai is to give discriminating travelers the opportunity to live the sumptuous life of ancient nobility amid the comforts of the new millennium. This spectacular castle features charming bedrooms and suites, an indoor/outdoor dining room and a gorgeous swimming pool. It also offers a full staff, including chambermaids, a chefs and a private concierge.
Surrounded by olive groves, the castle is a sublime base for activities such as cooking demonstrations or guided tours to the local medieval villages of Carducci and Volterra. Visits to Pisa, Siena and Florence make for pleasant day trips, while excursions closer to home range from olive oil mills to the famous Sassicaia and Ornellaia wineries in Bolgheri. One of the most exciting optional opportunities is the chance to discover the beautiful coastline of the Tuscan Archipelago and the island of Elba on board a private 11-meter sailboat with skipper.