Castle Ginori in Querceto

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In the heart of the Cecina Valley, between Volterra and the Etruscan Coast, the Ginori Castle perches on top of a hill in Querceto an enchanting medieval village whose long and rich history has blended for over two centuries with the history of the Marchesi Ginori Lisci, a noble Florentine family who are famous throughout the world for their precious porcelain factory.
The hamlet is surrounded by woods and by the family’s estate with over 2.000 hectares of land, 700 of which are cultivated with cereal crops and 15 with vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier and Vermentino.
Thanks to the many projects promoted by the Ginori Lisci family, today the hamlet is an integral part of the local economy with its thriving winery, the events it organizes and the hospitality offered in its charming apartments.
This delightful “borgo” is ideal for a peaceful and restful holiday and for all those who love nature. The countryside around the village offers many opportunities for quiet walks, hiking and mountain biking.
Beautiful and world known sites as Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano, Massa Marittima, Bolgheri are within driving distance, as other less known but equally charming spots of the Tuscan countryside; the seaside is only a 20 minutes away.
In the village houses situated around the Ginori Castle you can rent, from Easter to October on a weekly basis or for a minimum stay of 3 nights, holiday apartments. These houses were renovated with a view to preserving the warm and welcoming style of old country houses. The most distinctive feature of this charming village is its authenticity, noticeable in every detail: the stones of the old houses, the smile of the inhabitants, the small town squares, the untouched natural surroundings …
It is almost as though time had stood still in this fascinating hilltop village, far removed from the fast pace of modern life. It is a world of forgotten sounds and smells, of breath taking views and sunsets.
Our wonderful swimming pool (16mt x 8mt) is reserved only for our guests and it’s situated in a charming place with stunning view of the country side.
In summer you can assist to concerts, art exhibitions and open air performances; cooking, painting and yoga classes are also organized.
In the main square of Querceto there is the “Locanda Del Sole”, a small special restaurant where the two young chefs will surprise you with revisited typical Tuscan cuisine, also old local family recipes, most of all based on game and the use of fresh and genuine ingredients.
A must for those who arrive in Querceto is the visit and wine tasting session of the Marchesi Ginori Lisci wines (Montescudaio DOC) and of the extra virgin olive oil in the wonderful shop “Dispensa del Castello”.
Visitors will be conducted in a short and pleasant walk along the village discovering the history of the castle and visiting the places where the wine production takes place.

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Castello Ginori of Querceto is an ancient village, near Volterra, on the slopes of Mount Aneo in the center of a large estate.
The origin of the village goes back to 1000 a.c., when it belonged to the church of Massa Marittima.
Towards the end of 1100 the bishop of Massa Marittima transferred his rights to the Abbot of Monteverdi.
In 1208 Querceto, together with the other castles of the Val di Cecina, was yielded to the town of Volterra. In those days Querceto was very important for its strategic position and for its many natural resources, first of all the salted water springs. In its subsoil minerals could be found, such as silver, copper, mercury and vitriol, all items much sought after on the international markets in the Middle Age.
After two centuries in which many armed skirmishes and revolts took place in and around Volterra, in 1430 the castle was occupied and pillaged by the troops of Giangaleazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan.
In 1447 Querceto was conquered by the troops of Alfonso d’Aragona King of Naples in war against Florence.
The 16th century was marked by the Florentine domination, because after the conquest of Volterra the inhabitants of Querceto had to swear fealty to the “Signoria” of Florence. It was during this period, around 1543, that the noble family Lisci of Volterra got involved with Querceto.
In 1786 the last Lisci’s descendant, Francesca, married Marchese Lorenzo Ginori. After years of famine and poverty during the government of the Medici dynasty, the Querceto conditions much improved, thanks to the Ginori’s administration
In 1814 Carlo Leopoldo inherited from his mother Francesca the estate; from then onwards the castle and the estate belong to the family. He made many modern reforms in the methods of cultivation and was especially interested in cattle breeding. In 1834 he built the bridge on the river Cecina near the village of Ponte Ginori that connected the estate with the public road of the Val di Cecina.
The castle as it is today was built at the beginning of the 20th century, by Lorenzo Ginori Lisci who decided in 1907 to build a family home where it was assumed the medieval residence had
been. The building is palatial and includes several parts joined together. Topping the building is the central tower, garnished with a balcony on brackets crowned with Guelph merlons ( the Ghibelline are overturned swallow-tails ), which comes to view on entering the medieval village .
With Lorenzo and his son Leonardo the farming of the land was much promoted and the estate became a model of agricultural enterprise.
In these days the village is completely restored and typical rustic style but comfortable holiday apartments have been made.

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• Swimming pool (16mtx8mt)
• Guided visit to the cellar and the hamlet by appointment only
• Guided visit to the castle’s hall by appointment only
• Winetasting
• Cooking classes
• Painting classes
• Restaurant with Tuscan cuisine
• Small grocery
• In summer art exhibitions and concerts are organized

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  • Rooms : 20
  • Beds : 40
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  • Price per Day (Room) : 90€
  • Price per Week (Room) : 630€

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  • Seats : 90


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Castle Ginori in Querceto

Region : Tuscany

Province : PI

City : Montecatini Val di Cecina

Address : Via del Borgo, località Querceto

ZIP Code : 56040

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Telephone: 0039 0588 37472

Luoghi d’interesse nelle vicinanze:

Volterra, Pisa, Siena, Bolgheri, Massa Marittima, Larderello, Populonia, Casale Marittimo, Suvereto


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