Welcome to Villa il Castellaccio located near Lucolena, Figline and Greve in Chianti, Tuscany. This is home for our two weeks in Italy. We arrived on June 7, and loved it from the minute we drove down the long meandering gravel lane to the villa.
Villa il Castellaccio is an agriturismo with one large villa (sleeps up to 12) four apartments, gardens and swimming pools. There’s also a barbecue area and wood burning pizza oven – which we tried out the other night. It’s in a beautiful rural area surrounded by peaceful vineyards and olive groves. The property is a farm that has been in this family for several generations and currently produces olive oil and wine. The owner, Leonardo, is warm and welcoming, ready to answer questions and help plan activities.
We’re about 20 minutes from Florence by train, from the station in nearby Figline – where we also do our grocery shopping. Driving to Florence takes 45 minutes to an hour depending on the route – back roads vs. freeway. We’ve done both and love the back road route.
This is a great location for visiting all of the little towns in Chianti – Greve, Castellina, Radda, Panzano and Montefioralle are just a few that we’ve visited. All are beautiful, quaint, charming and special in their own way. The vineyards and wineries in the surrounding hills seem to be around every curve and down cypress lined lanes.
The origins of Castellaccio go back to Etruscan times. The gravel lane running through the property is Roman and overlooking the main pool is an ancient 11th Century church, now a private home. Up on the hilltop above us is an ancient chestnut grove, where we’re told you can find the ruins of the original Castle, “Castel d’Azzo”, destroyed in the 14th Century in a battle between the Guelfs and Ghibellines. We hope to do a little exploring to see if we can find it.
So how did I find Villa il Castellaccio? By pure luck after spending hours on the internet looking at villas and agriturismos. After spending a week here I think I was very, very lucky.
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