Why should we buy a castle in Tuscany?
Buying a castle is not the usual thing to do. A unique building of its kind, rich in history and main stop for lovers of particularities.
But “Why should we buy a castle?”
It will be the task of Coldwell Banker to answer this question, showing you the benefits of a unique building, in one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
What is a castle in Tuscany?
Castles come in many shapes and sizes. Tuscan castles do not conform to the Disney “fairy tale” castle image. Castles here have their roots in fortified garrison buildings of wealthy local land-owners.
Many of the area’s castles date back around 1000 years and contain a rich and varied history with architecture that presents an imposing sight to those making an approach on their heavy stone walls and stout watchtowers.
Over that time many things will have changed, for example, the political situation, fashions, economical needs and lifestyles. Due to this, most castles will have undergone extension, modification or even rebuilding.
Four reasons to own a fairytale-like castle in Tuscany
It’s true that purchasing a castle isn’t an everyday occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be a fantasy either. These rare and grandiose buildings attract a certain type of buyer – someone interested in the past coupled with the desire to own a truly unique structure.
Indeed, castles come in many shapes and sizes. Most boast outstanding original features and many have outbuildings – starting points from which you can create a special (and sizable) home that will undoubtedly give you an
immense sense of pride.
Not only that, but you’ll also play a part in preserving a culturally and historically relevant site. And even after repairs and renovations, it’s likely the castle’s price will increase, offering you a valuable return on your investment.
These characteristics may then be combined to build a number of different end solutions:
- Unique Private residence;
- Boutique hotel:;
- Figure head corporate HQ/flagship location;
- Philanthropic center of excellence.
Medieval castles in Tuscany: our offer
If you’re interested in buying a castle, Moira Mancini recommends you take a closer look at these striking historic estates, marketed via Coldwell Banker Chianti Heritage.
Vertine Castle in Tuscany
On the market for €3,400,000 isthis seven bedroom property with 1000 years of history. Spanning 15,070 square feet, there’s a tower, a deconsecrated church (currently used as an art studio), a two-story annex, a wine cellar, and a garage. Furthermore, the tranquil grounds are surrounded by three hectares of agricultural land and olive groves, accessible via two independent entrances: the town and the gardens.
Located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, Vertine Castle is steeped in history, playing a part in the early church and the Guelf/Ghibelline wars of the 1200s. In more recent years, the estate was owned by Albini Trissino Dal Vello d’Oro, one of Italy’s oldest noble families.
Step inside the main hall and you’ll notice the antique stairs leading up to the tower; on level one there’s a large kitchen with access to a terrace. You’ll also spot a small apartment with a private entrance – connected to the main building, this houses a kitchen-living room with a fireplace, a bedroom, and a bathroom.
Up again, and you’ll be greeted by two living areas with original fireplaces, and on the third floor there are three en-suite bedrooms. The top level houses the master suite, which comes complete with a terrace and 360-degree panoramic countryside views. And out in the grounds, there’s an inviting pool and more of those glorious vistas.
Staggia Castle in Tuscany
This 9,580 square foot fortressis listed for €3,500,000 and dates back to ancient times. Fast forward to the Middle Ages, and the castle stood firm while the war between the Republics of Florence and Siena raged. Owned by the Franzesi, one of the most powerful and most prosperous families of the time, the prestigious estate was the site of notable diplomatic events, and known far and wide.
Reorganized in the 1400s by craftsmen who worked on Opera del Duomo in Florence under the guidance of Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi, the structure is made up of several buildings that still stand today, and is enclosed by agricultural land.
Currently a tourist attraction – a prime example of early medieval fortified architecture – the castle represents an intriguing opportunity for savvy investors and affluent individuals looking for a project.
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