Staying at a castle in Tuscany may seem like an impossible dream, but it’s actually surprisingly easy – several ancient castles in rural Italy are now used as vacation rentals or B&B’s. There’s also an abundance of fantastic luxury villas all over the country, but while there’s nothing wrong with summering at an Italian villa, being king of a castle – if just for a while – sounds so much better when you’re telling your friends all about it afterwards!
Many Tuscan castles have a tower with wonderful views like this
You’re never far away from a vineyard in Tuscany…
Many castles and houses in Tuscany have their own patron saint statue outside protecting the estate
What’s better than spending a sunny day by the pool whole admiring some amazing views?
That’s right, food.
Food is obviously a huge part of any trip to Italy, and even more so in Tuscany. You can go to any small village and find amazing restaurants offering authentic regional fare. Still, with such fantastic fresh ingredients in rich supply, I always like to try some Italian cooking myself. Renting a castle provides the perfect setting for candlelit dinners in the garden, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and rolling hills with tall cypress trees. It’s an experience like no other.