The majestic and fabulous Castle of Vincigliata dominates the historic center of Florence, set as it is in a very panoramic and convenient location. Finely and masterfully restored at the end of the 19th century, the castle (2,300 sqm) has a very ancient and rich history spanning almost a millennium: Since its inception in 1031 it has been reworked and embellished into a charming and unique gem that was used as a background for once-in-a-lifetime events and ceremonies. The buildings all around the castle (over 1,300 sqm) offer an incredible development opportunity to start an accommodation business or start again the production of wine and olive oil
Services are all at hand, no more than a 5-minute drive to the nearest town, and the historic center of Florence is just as close, easily reached by car in less than ten minutes. Also, the airport of Florence is just half an hour away from the castle and features many international flights to several destination of Europe.
Description of the buildings
The castle (2,300 sqm – 24,748 sqft, up to 8 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms) revolves around a beautiful central courtyard on the ground floor (775 sqm – 8,339 sqft). All around this outdoor area are five beautiful halls with vaulted ceilings and the bathrooms for the guests. All these reception rooms feature classical finishes, such as ribbed vaults, marble floors and wooden fixtures. On one side of the floor is the stairwell (going both up and down) and the elevator.
Climbing the staircase, one reaches the first floor, made up of four reception halls, bathrooms and a closet. Outside, a walkway leads onto a stunning panoramic terrace (116 sqm – 1,248 sqft) located right above one of the reception halls below.
On the third and last floor of the castle, are seven rooms with exit onto the chemin de ronde running around the whole castle. At one corner, a door opens into the main tower of the castle. The terrace at the top of the tower ensures a breathtaking view over the surrounding hills.
Back to the ground floor, a series of staircase descends into the old dungeons that mimic the above floor in layout but with a corridor running all around the perimeter and accessing each of the rooms here. On the lowest level is also a paved cloister used for events and ceremonies.
A tower (116 sqm – 1,248 sqft, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms), set in the corner of the external perimeters, stands on four floors: The ground floor is a spacious living room with cooking corner, while the three floors above have all been converted into three bedrooms with their own private bathroom.
Not far from the castle, farmhouse N°1 (453 sqm – 4,874 sqft, up to 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms) is currently in non-usable condition but was originally split between a workshop and a farmer’s house. The apartment (on two floors) is made up of a spacious living area with fireplace and cooking corner on the ground floor, plus a sleeping area on the first floor composed of a master bedroom with private bathroom, a sitting room in the middle, three more bedrooms and a bathroom. The storage area is split into several connected rooms with two bathrooms, but these could easily be converted into habitable spaces to create a second apartment.
Right next to the previous building is farmhouse N°2 (556 sqm – 5,982 sqft, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) on three floors. The lower ground floor, restored at the end of 1990s, could be used as a reception area with offices, a kitchen/bar and a bathroom. Right next to it, with separate access, is the old orangery (57 sqm – 613 sqft), a spacious room that could be converted into a meeting hall. The upper ground floor retains its original destination as a wine cellar, albeit currently unused, while the first floor is split into two apartments accessed via a shared staircase.
- Apartment A living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom;
- Apartment B living room with cooking corner, two bedrooms and bathroom.
The old foundry (240 sqm – 2,582 sqft), set just outside the outer walls of the castle and in need of renovation, is a very simple rectangular building that was once the workshop of a sculptor. The building is currently unused and in precarious shape. Given the presence of a private 1,800-sqm garden around the building, it could be an interesting opportunity to restore and rework the foundry into an accommodation for the guests.
The private garden of the castle (3,056 sqm – 32,882 sqft) features a typically Florentine layout, with cypresses and bay trees, while the perimeter is marked with evergreen hedges disposed in a geometric pattern, following the criteria of Italian gardens. The park can be seen as split into two parts: The eastern portion is the one characterized by hedges and flowers, while the western part is made of terraces granting access to the courtyard of the basement.
The estate covers a total surface of approximately 14.0 hectares (34.6 acres) located on the gentle slopes of the hill below the castle. Excluding the gardens and parks of the castle, the remaining land includes a vineyard (4.0 ha) and a huge olive grove (4.2 ha). The rest is almost entirely covered in woodland and meadows.
The vineyards lie on the northern side of the hill of Vincigliata and is entirely registered as Toscana igt Supposing a yield of 4,000 bottles / hectare to maintain a higher quality of the wines, the property could easily produce between 15,000 and 16,000 bottles of wine per year Currently one would need to rely on a third party to process the grapes, but the property still has the old cellar that could be restarted.
Use and potential uses
The castle, has been used up until recent years as a background and venue for events, ceremonies and business meeting. By recovering and restoring the buildings around the castle one could also expand the business by including an accommodation business.
The vineyards and olive grove are currently in production but they could be exploited directly by the owners by restoring the old wine cellar in the property to process the grapes without relying on a third party.