About the property
- Castle3444 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Restored Medieval Castle With Modern Amenities Near Florence And Arezzo
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 breathtaking views.
Restored and decorated by the castle owner, Castello Di Porciano is the perfect place to explore the Tuscan countryside and the Casentino Valley.
The Castle was originally restored and decorated by the castle owners, Flaminia Goretti de Flamini and George Specht, as their “dream come true”. Today, their daughter Martha keeps alive this dream, offering the family home in the castle for rent to discerning travelers looking for the unusual and unexplored.
Beautiful vistas, quiet, very comfortable, private and relaxing. Your chance to live in a restored medieval castle that once hosted Dante and to sleep where Dante slept!
This gem conjugates the uniqueness of a medieval keep furnished with antique artworks and modern comfort and is located on the upper floors of the fortified tower.
It is composed of a large living and dining room area, with an antique fireplace, cozy sofas and a table which accomodates 12 people. On the same floor, a separate fully equipped kitchen, with wooden custom made cabinets and hand made ceramics. Above the living room a mezzanine offers an elegant studio area with a comfortable couch and a small guest toilet.
On the upper floor, the family bedrooms, two double and one single, furnished with beautiful antique objects, and two bathrooms with bathtub and shower which are decorated with traditional hand painted tiles.
The two guest bedrooms, one double and one twin, share a large private terrace and a bathroom with bathtub and shower. Adjoining is a fully equipped laundry area. At the top of the tower a breathtaking terrace, overlooks the Casentino Valley and offers unforgettable sunsets.
For larger groups, the Castle can be rented together with La Torretta, the ancient guard tower which has come back to life as a unique little cottage.
Placed in the perimeter of the castle walls, the Torretta is located in front of the castle. It is on three floors connected by wood stairs.
On the first floor is an equipped kitchenette with gas burners, fridge and microwave etc. A washing machine is available for guests in another building of the estate.
On the second floor a tiny living room with a large window set up as a comfortable reading nook. Writing space.
On the third floor bedroom with dormer window (roof) and two single beds which cannot be pushed together. En suite small bathroom with shower.
Very special and fascinating. Nice private garden area beneath the Torretta set up with table, chairs and deck chairs.
Martha Specht Corsi
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- within a few hours
- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Martha Specht Corsi
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 Flaminia Goretti de Flamini. Throughout the years we organized many cultural events in Porciano to attract quality tourism to the Casentino Valley. I have hosted lectures, seminars, concerts, Dante readings, as well as theater productions. These events are held in Dante’s Hall or on the lovely grounds in front of the Castle. I am fascinated with the history of everyday life of the past centuries and the survival of forgotten arts and crafts. The magic of this place and its beauty in all seasons have inspired me to share it with others interested in charming places off the beaten track. I have particular interest in hosting groups of artists, writers, journalists or history and art buffs in Porciano. It is possible to organize lectures by university professors and experts in various fields. For many years I have given lectures at Studio Art Centers International in Florence on Tuscan traditions related to food and the history of cooking. I have written The SACI Cookbook. Every year I invite to Porciano groups of American students from Harding University in Florence. On these special occasions they experience the “real” untouristy Tuscany of small towns and castles, ancient monasteries and country churches and enjoy the flavour of old local recipes.
Martha Specht Corsi purchased this Castle in 1778
Why Martha Specht Corsi chose Stia
Comfortable, quiet and relaxing. Casentino is the perfect location to explore the Tuscan countryside from Arezzo to Florence and return to wonderful evening meals prepared with local products. The Castello di Porciano offers the peace and hospitality of the upper valley of the Arno River, Casentino. The village stands at 600 meters above sea level, and is only one mile away (1.5 km) from the local town of Stia. Stia is a lovely small town built where the Arno and Staggia rivers meet. The Romanesque church in the square surrounded by archways is one of the most beautiful pievi (parish churches) of the Casentino. In the summer you will be able to enjoy the park along the river where you can sun yourself, wade or swim in the clear waters of the Arno river. The sources of the Arno are very near Stia so the water is still clean and pure. In the mountains around Stia and Porciano the National Park Reserve known as the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi offers a number of hiking trails and walks. This beautiful tower was restored by my parents, George Specht and his wife 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. 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.
What makes this Castle unique
Beautiful vistas, quiet, comfortable and private. We speak English and Italian and can provide our customers with all the assistence and advices they might need 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, 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 ideal customer of Porciano Castle is a sophisticated traveller, not interested in touristy, crowded, standard destinations; an art lover who will appreciate the uniqueness of this magic venue and enjoy the charm of a matchless, one of a kind, customised travel experience.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Our Sojourn at Castello di Porciano
Our family trip to Italy was fantastic, but it was made all that much more remarkable, and special, because we stayed at Castello di Porciano. What a treat! This 1000-year-old castle, artfully restored by the Sprechts, and enhanced by their daughter Martha, oozes history and shouts "I have a story to tell!" With a spectacular view of the Constantino Valley and the town of Stia, the castle dominates the slopes leading up to 5400 foot mountains. Complete with elevator and modern conveniences, the castle is comfortable, but something set apart, unlike any place we have ever visited. Air conditioning would have been welcome for several of the 90 degree days we had, but with the breeze high on the hill and large windows, the heat was never oppressive. We loved the town of Stia, so authentic and charming, just down from the castle, with its wonderful restaurants and a wine shop. The people were so very welcoming to us! We were lucky to be treated to several days of the European Biennial of the Art of the Blacksmith competition, watching blacksmiths from all over the world create beautiful iron art works in real time. Fede, was our gracious castle "hostess," made sure we were well taken care of, and didn't tire of our numerous questions. This truly was a wonderful experience which has left an indelible mark on our family, and fond memories of two weeks in an honest-to-goodness castle!
Breathtakingly restored 13th century Castello all to ourselves! Unforgettable!
This experience was other-worldly, and something the we will cherish forever. We've traveled in Tuscany before, but nothing has come close to this experience. Approaching Porchiano, the beauty of the Casentino valley is enough to stun you, then climbing the hill into this localita is like stepping into the ancient past, with all the charm of an ancient walled city but none of the crowds, only friendly, easy-going residents (and cats!) all looked over by the ancient stone castle – a striking and beautiful remnant from centuries ago.
The castello has been lovingly restored, offering all of the creature comforts of home – a kitchen stocked well enough to host a crowd, dishwasher, stove, etc. The great room seems drawn from a fairy tale – the vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and Martha’s impressive collection of Italian antiques add a mesmerizing charm. Stepping into the four-foot thick stone wall leading to the floor-to-ceiling arched window in the great room is an experience unto itself; you will be dazzled by the view of the Porciano and Stia beyond.
The first several floors encompass a fascinating museum where you can learn about the time Dante spent in exile at Porciano, the restoration of the castello, and about Martha’s family, the owners who made all of this possible. Take the lift to the top several floors and you are immersed in the charming living quarters, a collection of majestic rooms over several floors encompassing the kitchen, great room, several charming bedrooms with unparalleled views of the Casentino valley and surrounding hills, modern bathrooms, and private access to the roof of the Castello!
We spent every evening sipping wine from the rooftop, mesmerized by the twinkling lights of Stia below and saying over and over, “we are the luckiest people in the world to be here!”. During the day, we spent more time on the roof spotting other castellos, like Popi and Romena, in the surrounding hills. We truly felt like noblemen of the past watching over the valley.
A quick, 10-minute drive to Stia provided access to some fantastic restaurants, the mill museum, and shopping. Or, we could wander the walking paths on foot to explore other vantage points and views of Porciano and the valley beyond.
Truly, the most unique and fabulous experience we have had!
A magical and unforgettable spot
We have stayed both in the castle itself and one of the apartments that sits right below the castle, In Appartamento Martina. Both stays were lovely-- comfortable beds and bathrooms, very well appointed. Federica is wonderful-- very helpful with check-in and any information you may need for your stay, from restaurant ideas to events going on in the valley. Highly suggest for both a couple and families with children. We plan to return yearly! Once you have experienced the loveliness that is Porciano you will never think to vacation anywhere else in Italy.
La Dolce Vita
The property is gorgeous. The listing and photos does not do this experience justice! They are accurate but do not capture the full experience of actually living at the castle and will the guidance of our wonderful host and hostesses (Contessa Marta and Miss Fede). First of all, it was like having a virtual tour guide even before we arrived. Fede was very responsive to the numerous emails and text messages I sent. While I tried my best Italian (not much at all since I studied French), Fede and Marta were so welcoming in my native language. American...yes, American English. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the Contessa's warm and very familiar middle-American accent, which makes sense as she told me she learned from her father, a native of the American Midwest. I have taken vacations all over the world but felt most comfortable where I had friends and family, like Russia and the Philippines. My experience with Marta and Fede were exactly that...like old friends. We were even invited last minute to a wonderful dinner to celebrate a feast of the saint of the castle! I have been to many beautiful places around the world, but very few had a true experience of La Dolce Vita! This is one of them particularly because of the hostesses. And Marta is so well versed in art, history, and culture. That alone is worth the price of admission. The Porciano experience is priceless.
Attention--- Literary, Scholarly and Cultural Travelers: A Dante Lover's Dream
Il Castello di Porciano offers the only opportunity I know of in the world to live in a Medieval Castle of extreme literary and historical importance—to eat and sleep and look out of the same windows, over the same stunning hill country of the Casentino, as Dante did some seven hundred years ago. Dante’s life brought him twice to this region—first as a twenty four year old citizen soldier, and later as a wretched exile from his beloved Florence, in search of refuge and sanctuary. Looking south from the roof of the castle—which is at your disposal as a guest at Porciano—your eyes are passing over numerous sites mentioned by Dante in The Divine Comedy, as well of sites associated with the poet’s own life. Because Dante was, in the spring of 1289, himself a soldier in the Battle of Campaldino, (the battlefield of which is clearly visible in the distance from Porciano) he was able later to mine his memories of this region and of his experiences and encounters there, when composing his masterpiece.
Just a few of the “Dante” related sites within the view from the Castle:
Poppi—another castle in which Dante took refuge during his exile. There is a large statue of the poet in the castle courtyard overlooking the Battlefield of Campaldino. Ca. 14 km. from Porciano
Archiano—a stream, which feeds into the Arno. When asked by Dante, in Canto Five of Purgatorio, why his fallen body was never recovered after the battle of Campaldino, Buonconte da Montefeltro explains in detail how his body was swept from the banks of this stream by a giant rainstorm (made by the devil for this express reason) and lost in the mire of the Arno. Ca. 25 km. from Porciano
La Verna—where St. Francis received the Stigmata. In Canto XI of Il Paradiso, Dante speaks of “the rough crag between Tiber and Arno [where Francis] received from Christ the last seal”. The Monastery, which houses these sites, is wonderful. Ca. 38 km. from Porciano
And if you continue a bit farther south, you arrive at the towns of Arezzo, Cortona and San Sepolcro which contain the astonishing masterpieces of Piero Della Francesca—an early Renaissance Master strangely not represented in Florence.
Within the Castle
Of course, living within any medieval castle is something that all of us dream of from around the age of three, but to actually live (even as an adult) in such a stunningly beautiful, and soulful medieval monument as Porciano, is more than I could have hoped for. The living quarters—i
The most charming of charming Tuscany!
The castle was an amazing opportunity to enjoy Tuscany in unique style and comfort. I wouldn't have missed it. The knowledge of the staff and owner is rich with great recommendations for restaurants local sites and beyond. Arrangements were made for a cooking class, special diners to be brought to the castle, personal guided tours of local landmarks, etc...all our needs and desires were met with thoughtfulness and enthusiasm! There are so many wonderful historic sites to see in the surrounding areas. However, the most magical, was to return to "our" castle at the end of the day. Who gets to say, "Did your remember to bring the keys to the castle"?
The Casentino is the first valley formed by the Arno river; a land of natural beauty, ancient country churches, castles and sanctuaries. Surrounded by the peace of the Casentino Forest National Park, you will explore 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. 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. 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!
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Cancellation Policy: guests will receive: a full refund if they cancel at least 30 days before the start of the holiday; a 50% refund if they cancel up to 2 weeks before the start of the holiday; no refund if they cancel within 2 weeks of the start of the holiday.