|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Sleep where Dante slept. Beautifully appointed castle overlooking the Casentino valley in Tuscany.
Savor the peace of the ancient hamlet of Porciano with its stone paved walkway and centuries old church.
Restored and decorated by the castle owner, Castello Di Porciano is the perfect place to explore the Tuscan countryside and the Casentino Valley.
Beautiful vistas, quiet, very comfortable, private and relaxing. Your chance to live in a restored medieval castle that once hosted Dante. Located on the upper floors of the fortified tower, the home is composed of a large living and dining room area, a fully equipped kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a breathtaking terrace at the top of the tower, overlooking the Casentino Valley.
Staff speaks English and Italian and can provide customers with all the assistence, advice and services they might need (dinner at home in the castle, breakfast, cleaning services, tourist information and day trip planning, etc) in order to make their stay as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
We are able to offer our guests several kinds of courses and activities to complete a unique and unforgettable travel experience: Italian language courses, cooking classes, guided tours, guided excursions in the Casentino Forests National Park, horseback riding nearby, wine and food tastings, yoga lessons, shiatsu and ayurveda massages, art history and history lectures and much more. All our courses, activities and lectures are held by qualified instructors and lecturers.
A lovely golf course is only 20 minutes away, very near the hilltown of Poppi.
The Casentino is the first valley formed by the Arno river; a land of natural beauty, ancient country churches, castles and sanctuaries. The area maintains the appeal of a lesser-known Tuscany where the sense of tradition is still strong, a hidden and still undiscovered corner of the Tuscan countryside, away from the standard and usual tourist routes and destinations.
Many small hill towns, known for their beauty and history, are very close to each other like Poppi, Bibbiena, Anghiari and many others.
Florence and Arezzo are only just over one hour away. Siena and Cortona are lovely day trips from Porciano.
The Casentino is an area which maintains the appeal of a lesser-known Tuscany where the sense of tradition is still strong. The wish of its inhabitants of not loosing their bond with past history is felt everywhere.
Come and enjoy the Real, Traditional Tuscan Hospitality!
My name is Martha Specht Corsi and I am the owner of Castello di Porciano. This beautiful tower was restored by my parents, George Specht and his wife Countess Flaminia Goretti de Flamini, as a romantic love nest.
For this reason, this magnificient place is not just a business for me: it is my house, my life, the place where my heart resides even when I am far away.
My staff is available every day to help make your visit as pleasurable as possible.
I wish Porciano to be a haven for those interested in the charm of this special residence. We can offer you a unique travel experience in an exclusive venue to relax and explore this hidden and untouched part of Tuscany.
Martha Specht Corsi purchased this castle in 1778
Comfortable, quiet and relaxing. Your chance to live in a restored medieval castle that once hosted Dante. Casentino is the perfect location to explore the Tuscan countryside from Arezzo to Florence and return to wonderful evening meals prepared with local products.
Beautiful vistas, quiet, very comfortable and private. Cleaning services, tourist information and day trip planning, and evening meal preparation if requested. Staff speaks English and Italian.
I have been going to the Casentino and visiting the Porciano Castle for many years. It is one of the most beautiful treasure, off the beaten tourist track, of Tuscany.
From the Castle by car you can reach many incredible medieval castles, mills, villages and religious sites.
The Porciano Castle, the Romena Castle and the Pieve di Romena, the Poppi Castle, the La Verna sanctuary of St. Francis, etc.
The Arno river is a stream that passes through the village of Stia. It is clear, fresh, and incredibly beautiful. There are trails that you can walk on near the river and in the mountains of the Casentino.
I lead a small tour to Italy to study community design, and we always stay at the Castello. This is what i tell people about it.
"We will do and see lots of things. But we will come home to our castle each night, where we ￼can sit on the roof terrace and watch the sun set over the Casentino Valley.
The Castello di Porciano was built 1,000 years ago. It was home to "the Supreme Poet," Danté, following his exile from Florence in 1301.
The Tower was remodeled in the late 20th century. With walls 5 feet thick and a living room 20 feet high, the Tower will take your breath away before you even make it up to the roof terrace behind the battlements.
It’s important to realize that the castle is comfortable, but it is not luxurious. The baths are down the hall and have tubs with hand showers. So the Tower does not offer the maximum of luxury.
It offers the maximum of Experience.
￼The owner of the Tower, the Contessa Corsi, warns her visitors “You can make excursions to other towns, or you can stay right here all day. My guests always regret that they did not spend more time in the castello.” We will face the same dilemma. Do we stay and steep in the ambience of the tower, or venture out to other delights?
On your visit you will see what features make a community so compelling, so rich in life, that it is continuously inhabited for 500 years with only a minimum of change. You can visit several towns in the area, each with an historic center hundreds of years old, with farm and forest within easy walking distance. Each with a different way of creating the places that nurture ￼community. And tiny hamlets, including your own Porciano, and see how built forms can be compact, accommodate privacy, and enjoy fresh food and nature at your doorstep. Porciano alone contains almost every lesson you need to create an exquisite community of health, wellness, and prosperity.
You will be staying a short walk from Stia (included in “The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany”). You can get to know this little community well as your daily shopping takes you to the green grocer, baker, butcher, and wine shop. "
If i am good in this life my Paradiso will be Porciano.
How would you like to hold the key to a big Castle door in your hand and be the custodian of a medieval Castle for a week or two? It is an incredible feeling!
I can attest to that as I have stayed at the Castello di Porciano at least half a dozen times by now, at various times of the year, mostly with a group of good friends. The owner of the castle, Martha Specht-Corsi (affectionately called “Contessa”), was frequently on site to help with any and all questions - she is bilingual (English and Italian) and speaks French fluently. She will go out of her way to make guests feel comfortable and at home. Her hints and tips what to do, where to go, where to eat pizza (and where not), what to buy at the local markets are priceless. Many times she or one of her local staff would bring local, definitely organic fruit or vegetables for us to enjoy. In addition a well-stocked fridge waited on arrival every time. Self-catering in the castle kitchen is a lot of fun with a full range of modern appliances, as well as all sizes of pots and pans and dishes.
Stia, the next village at the bottom of the hill, and Pratovecchio which borders on Stia offer plenty of nice stores, grocery markets on certain days of the week and smaller fruit and vegetable, meat and cheese shops as well as bakeries. We took turns on making runs (well, mostly in the car) down to the bakery in the morning, picked up some delicious schiacciata (flat specialty bread with grapes) or some pasta sfoglia (puffed pastry) with fruit or marmalade inside and had breakfast al fresco on the castle grounds.
Last year I was again there in April and May, when thousands of hybrid irises were in bloom - a sight to behold. Apart from many trips to sites in the Casentino Valley and beyond, we also participated in a local historic walk over soft hills and cool valleys, passing a Sanctuary and ending at a medieval flour mill. Even after many stays, there are always new places and towns to visit, new bars and restaurants to explore and many nice people to meet. By the way – if you must (and I had to, in order to send my blogs to my friends at home) – WiFi is available throughout the castle and on the grounds, as well as on the porch of a Cottage facing the castle, lovingly called “internet café”.
I’m very much looking forward to being back there in September this year.
If you want an opportunity to really experience the Tuscan culture there is no better place. My Husband and our friends love Italy. I mentioned that I had stayed in a castle in a little town called Stia in the Northeast corner of Tuscany and loved the experience and we enjoyed it so much we were going back so they all wanted to go this time. The castle is owned by a lovely lady who goes out of her way to make the experience a vacation to remember. We enjoy exploring all the little villages, meeting the friendly people, and the food is wonderful. It is only An hour drive to Florence if you need a big city fix, which we did one day but spent most of our time enjoying the local area. We will return soon, I'm hooked!
The Castello was the perfect vacation! It was not only beautiful, but the rooms were amazing with LOTS of space to accommodate the 6 of us. Building a fire every night just made our stay that much more perfect. We used the kitchen to prepare many meals and the local produce was delicious. I would do this trip again every month if I could. Staying at the Castello was the ideal Tuscan experience. The town of Stia was so welcoming. Ron is the most gracious and helpful host on the planet. Can't wait to visit again.
There are people that may say they've been to Florence or Tuscany, but I guarantee, they didn't have the experience you have when staying at Castello di Porciano! Located a short drive from Florence, you are nestled in the beautiful countryside, away from typical hotels. As a group of 6 first-timers to Italy, we had no idea what to expect. When we arrived, we were blown away at the amazing accommodations. You are literally sleeping in a castle...packed full of interesting history.
We arrived late to find a nicely stocked kitchen with Italian favorites to fill our hungry bellies! The rooms were spacious and everyone had their own private bathroom. A nice variety of local wines were also replenished daily.
There were so many things we loved about the castle, though these are a few of our favorites: The view from our bedroom was absolutely gorgeous, it overlooks the rolling countryside, the town of Stia, and neighboring castles. Every night we enjoyed making a warm fire in the living room, where we enjoyed wine, wireless internet and laughs from the days many adventures! The rooftop terrace was also a highlight. Each morning, the view from the terrace (or your bedroom) was spectacular. There was usually a mystic fog that covered the hills and reminded you that you were far from the city. One afternoon, we bought fresh produce and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the sun, on top our "our castle!"
One of the best parts of the castle was our host, Ron. Luckily enough, we met Ron in the States, though he was scheduled to be living near the castle during our stay. His knowledge, tips and recommendations turned out to be an invaluable part of our trip. He's not a "tour guide" and never put us on a schedule, rather kept us up to speed on the events and festivals of surrounding cities. He suggested a few places to go and various places to eat. He even packed us a picnic lunch and sent us to a beautiful historic church on the hill. He gave us advice on where to go and the best, or easiest, times to travel. For first-timers to Italy, we couldn't have seen and done so much without his suggestions! Every day was a new adventure packed with so many unforgettable memories!!
There is plenty of public transportation, though we found it best to rent a car and be able to run on our own schedule.
Castello di Porciano is close enough to Florence to experience all of its beauty, though offers so much more of beautiful Tuscany!
Cortona, Siena , Florence and Arezzo make great day trips by car, bus or train. Excellent restaurants featuring local products and specialties. Romanesque churches and monasteries open for visits. National park with marked hiking trails for all levels. Public picnic areas throughout the park.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||€500|
Cancellation Policy: guests will receive: a full refund if they cancel at least two weeks before the start of the holiday; a 50% refund if they cancel up to 1 week before the start of the holiday; no refund if they cancel within 1 week of the start of the holiday.
Booking Deposit (30%) due 4 days after sending the quote.
Balance due 30 days before the holiday starts.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.