Photos courtesy of Castello di Gargonza
18 double rooms
11 self-catering apartments
Double rooms and apartments: 144–300 euros
Rates include breakfast and tax
Open: all year except for a closure from mid-January to beginning March
Monte San Savino is just off the A1 Autostrada, and Gargonza is west on Route SS73. The nearest train station is Arezzo (28km)
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: hiking; Gargonza is a good base to explore the nearby towns of Arezzo, Cortona, Siena, S. Gimignano
Yes. A small 13th-century church with a 15th-century fresco is on the property.
If you ever have wondered about life as a feudal lord with your own village to preside over, the Castello di Gargonza comes close to the perfect experience. Time and the modern world has long ago passed by this tiny, fortified, medieval, agricultural village with its massive walls and crenellated tower.
Through a stone archway into a small piazza, radiating streets are lined with small houses with geraniums cascading out from arcaded balconies; these are your accommodations.
Houses maintain the integrity of the original structure, with locally crafted additions, such as Tuscan red tile floors and ceiling beams hewn from nearby chestnut trees.
Bed-and-breakfast or self-catering arrangements scattered within the village or just outside the walls are offered. The character and charm vary among the rooms and apartments: some have fireplaces and/or terraces; some are built into the wall, while steep, narrow stairs lead to others.
Kitchens are decently equipped, and a well-stocked grocery store in nearby Monte San Savino will provide just about everything you’ll need.
If you’re a bed-and-breakfast guest, or just don’t feel like cooking, the Torre di Gargonza restaurant (the tagliatelle pasta with wild boar meat sauce sounds incredible) is just a few steps away.
An old olive press building serves duty as a public area for breakfast and bar; adjacent is a room for lectures and concerts.
Of course, the modern world has crept in, the swimming pool as an example, but it remains outside the walls. And what could be more delightful than an evening swim with the lights of Cortona twinkling across the valley?
The entire medieval village is available for hire—weddings, reunions, cultural events, conferences.