Castello di Vicarello in Cinigiano, Italy
The stone fa šade of Castello di Vicarello, a 12th-century castle, is by all accounts authentic and Old World. However, the interiors of this historic Tuscan resort have been updated and are more modern than you might expect. There are just five spacious and sublime suites, including a pair of freestanding rooms, creatively decorated in contemporary furnishings and colors. Unexpected finds include Indonesian antiques and Balinese influences. Each spacious capsule features a large bathroom and stunning views. Surrounded by fertile olive trees, rolling hills and a tangle of grapevines, the setting truly epitomizes a genteel lifestyle.
Taking full advantage of its hilltop location, Castello di Vicarello cocoons guests in privacy. There is a pair of outdoor pools where guests can lounge, swim and sip fine wine. An intimate retreat such as this is big on service and convenience. The hotel houses its own spa, offers room service and grows its own grapes to crush into wine. The restaurant features a menu of Tuscan specialties, which are then brought to tables in the bougainvillea-draped courtyard or by the warmth of the indoor fireplace. Castello di Vicarello is sure to impress gourmands. Cook alongside the chef and owner learning age-old techniques and swapping recipes. A fall visit will have you participating in the wine harvest or assisting with the pressing of olives into oil. As for winter, join the owners for hunting season on the nearby reserve. Motor along Tuscany's back roads, which quickly deliver you to the charming town of Sienna or at the edge of the Italian coastline.
Location of Castello di Vicarello
Nearest Airport: FCO
Amenities for Castello di Vicarello
- General Information
- 7 Guest Rooms
- Private Dining
- Room Service
- Organic Cuisine
- Dining Room
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- 2 Outdoor Pools
- In-Room Amenities
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Cooking Classes
- Cooking Demonstrations
Reviews for Castello di Vicarello
I have to admit I'm a bit confused by some of the negative reviews here, although from what I have subsequently been told, it may well be a case where the owners can be rather off-putting but the staff themselves were fantastic. It's a beautiful place, with charm and enough corners for you to get lost in whether you prefer a pool, to sit the in library or curl up in a bench outside. The food at dinner was fantastic, as were the cocktails available by the pool. My only real quibble is the bill. When I went to check out there was an extra drink on the bill (which was removed) but a random 15 euro charge for bringing the drinks to the pool (considering each cocktail was 15 euro and we had three, it worked out to a 33% service charge or if you had one a 100% service charge). Also as the menu had fish on it that night and I don't eat fish, they kindly made me lamb, but failed to inform me that there was a 10 euro surcharge on this. Small things to quibble about, I know, particularly when the cheapest room there is 460 euros a night, but I have to admit at that kind of price, I found their approach to billing a bit offputting. But really, that was my only complaint-- if you're looking for somewhere out of the way to get lost in, with great service, pools, food, cocktails, this is the place to come if you've got the money to spend.
expatinlondon17 - London
A soul filling place that by virtue of the natural beauty of the surroundings the quietness makes me feel like I was living in a film or a dream. Add to this magnificent setting and the touching kindness of the family oriented staff and I found myself tearful upon departure. I was there off season but for me this was the best because everything was dialed down and gave an extra feeling of being at a home of my dreams.
Zurichphotographer - Kilchberg, Switzerland
This small hotel is absolutely fabulous wonderful atmosphere wonderful food wonderful owners it is like being together as private house guests, in what gives you the idea of being exactly that a private home. No one can do enough for you. We had the most marvelous experience there. Can't wait to return!!
Jelswiss - Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland
Castello di Vicarello is the perfect place to relax with friends and family. It is the most peaceful, beautiful, and breathtaking place to forget about the busy world! The views are stunning and out of this world. Moreover, the decor is truly unique, a blend of Indonesian/Asian antiques and Italian class. The food is fresh, authentic, and delicious, always accompanied by Castello di Vicarello's wines (Surely the best Italian food I have ever tasted). The atmosphere is very laid-back, with lunch and dinner served till late. Enjoying lunch by either of the two beautiful pools is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. A wonderful, magical place to return to again and again!
My wife and I had a trip to Italy in early October. We spent 6 nights in three 5-star hotels in Tuscany. We had the most fantastic 2-night stay in Castello Di Vicarello. The 12th century castle has kept the original charm for both interior and exterior. We booked Chinese room, but the manager, Michela, offered us a free upgrade to two-level suite Giardino Segreto, which is 3 times bigger than the Chinese room. The suite is absolutely romantic and decorated with very unique taste. We love stone walls, wood-beamed ceilings, fireplaces and antique furnishings. The quaint Castello Di Vicarello is surround by incredible Tuscan hills, olive trees, vineyards, vegetables garden, etc. A peek from the restroom window is worth the trip. The most amazing thing was the service. Upon our arrival, Simo helped us settle in. He served us breakfasts by the windows with wonderful views and dinners by the fireplace; feeling like back to 12th century. He gave us a nice tour of the property including the wine cellars in the basement. Everything was flawless. The tuxedo napkin Simo folded, fresh grape juice he squeezed, the sunny side up egg he made, and the best ravioli we have ever had all created lifelong memories with individual touches that we will never forget. A month after we returned home, we ordered a case of Castello Di Vicarello 2001 red wine from Michela. The wine were delivered yesterday. We were so excited that we can better share our exclusive experience with family and friends when Thanksgiving and Christmas come. We highly recommend Castello Di Vicarello to everyone who are looking for an authentic and beautiful place in Tuscany. We definitely love to visit again. It will be a dream comes true if we can stay in Suite I Sassi for a week overlooking panorama on the Tuscan hills from the living room like Richard Gere did.
CrotonDynamics - Vienna, Virginia