Building: 13th century
DANTE ALIGHIERI WAS OUR GUEST IN 1303
From the 1300’s Castello di Gargonza was a fortified village in the hands of the “Ghibellini” and from 1444 it became for 300 years an agricultural community dedicated to the forest and “governed” by sage civic status. Then at the end of 1700 it became a farm. The earliest records of Gargonza as a fortified village of the Val di Chiana date back to a 1150: a quotation that mentioned a fortified castle along the road from Arezzo to Siena: which is the same castle where Dante spent as his exile. Sought after by Guelfi and Ghibellini, during the XV century the Castle of Gargonza was known as the village which dedicated itself to cultivating the woods as well as wool production.
During the XVII century, the Castle became an organized 900 hectare share cropping farm with thirty-three farms and homes for farmers and their families. The village already had, besides guestrooms, a parish, a house of canons, a school, an oil mill, stables, and four bread ovens (still functioning).
After two hundred prosperous years, during the first half of the Twentieth century, the Castle was abandoned by a community who left for a better life in the city . Around 1970, Roberto Guicciardini Corsi Salviati, began the restoration process with the aim to save a village trying to preserve it’s original architecture and bring back it’s community. No longer a community of farmers but a community of travellers!
No wonder Gargonza’s houses and apartments bear the names of its former inhabitants: Argentina, Boccio, Niccolina and those of many other special characters. Their truthful existence lives on their ancient dwellings. Enclosed inside the medieval wall, the carefully restored houses have retained the simplicity of rural life. If you experience steep wooden staircases or rooms excavated in the rock, blackened fireplaces or tiny windows looking out on the woods, remember this is our history’s added value.
Today, Gargonza is directly managed by Neri Guicciardini and his wife Elisa (foto). With the same passion of their parents, Elisa and Neri together with all the staff at Gargonza, will do their best to make your experience at Gargonza a superb holiday in our historic tuscany accommodation.
Hospitality: 22 suites, 8 appartmens - Rates: from 160 € to 340 €
The Castle of Gargonza self catering apartments display the genuine nature of Gargonza’s residents. Each house is named after its original inhabitants. Therefore, today we have the Fattore house, the house of the seamstress Niccolina, the house of the gamekeeper Celso, the Palle house, etc. The restoration maintained the original atmosphere and structure, while enriching the vacation apartments with all the modern comforts. Classic or superior, each apartment is unique from the others. The apartments accommodate from 2 to 8 guests, while the large house located on the outskirts of Gargonza can accommodate up to 10 guests.
Upon arrival, please check-in at the reception located in front of the medieval tower inside the village. Our staff will provide you with directions on how to reach your apartment. Breakfast is severed in the Olive Press Cellar with an amazing buffet with homemade cakes, local coldcuts and cheese and other delicious tuscan recepies made by Lucia. Guests have at their disposal a panoramic swimming pool and restaurant located just outside the main city walls. On sunny days, you can eat lunch at the Pergola garden in the swimming pool area or relax in the tranquility of the olive press garden.
La Torre di Gargonza is a restaurant in Monte San Savino and it is still family owned and managed by Neri Guicciardini.
The La Torre di Gargonza Restaurant is the crown jewel of Castello di Gargonza, open for guests of our bed and breakfast, Castello’s vacation apartments as well as external clients. The restaurant is located just outside the Gargonza city
walls, near the swimming pool, where one can enjoy the views of Gargonza’s woods and Val di Chiana. The setting is truly stunning: an internal dining hall that accommodates 50/65 persons within an antique tractor shed, while the outdoor terrace accommodates up to 170 guests and boasts breathtaking views.
The cuisine consists of authentic traditional Tuscan dishes made with simple, genuine ingredients chosen personally by chef Gabriele Polonia among those available fresh each season. The pasta is home made, the Chianina meat is cooked over embers, the wines (over 60 labels) are from the region, including Chianti Classico, Colli Senesi, Montalcino, Montepulciano and are stored within the wine cellar. Since 2008, the restaurant is certified from the Italian Gluten Free Association. We prepare gluten free bread and schiacciata and serve gluten free pasta for our gluten free friends.
Restaurant capacity: 200 guests
Gargonza is characterized by its romantic tranquility, ideal for those who wish to celebrate their wedding or organize a reception within a striking scenic setting. The church, the town hall for private functions, garden, swimming pool, reception halls, restaurant and guestrooms
of the bed and breakfast as wells as the vacation apartments that lodge the newlyweds and guests, make this a functional and enchanting location wedding venue where to celebrate your special day.
Wedding capacity: 15 to 120 people
Florence 100 km, Pisa 175 km, Rome 225 km
|Local Attractions||Art cities like Siena, Arezzo|
|Golf places||Golf Club Casentino- 50 km from Gargonza|
Giardino di Villa La Foce
|Museums||Leggenda della Vera Croce- Arezzo|
|Festivals/Events||Giostra del Saracino- Arezzo|