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12th-CENTURY CASTLE FOR SALE ON THE SIENESE HILLS, TUSCANY


INTERIOR PHOTOS (23) EXTERIORS PHOTOS (46) PHOTO ALBUM FULL SCREEN FULL VIDEO

Tuscany - Siena - Siena

Crete Senesi, Val d'Elsa

Price upon request

  • Interiors: 600 sqm (6,456 sqft)
  • Exteriors: 1.0 ha (2.5 ac)
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 7

TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • TYPE: 12th-century medieval castle
  • CONDITION: habitable
  • POSITION: hilly, panoramic
  • ACCESS: unpaved road
  • EXTERIOR SURFACE: 1.0 ha (2.5 ac)
  • GARDEN: yes, well maintained
  • POOL: no
  • INTERIOR SURFACE: 600 square meters (6,456 square feet)
  • BEDROOMS: 6
  • BATHROOMS: 7
  • ANNEX: no
  • WATER: well
  • ADSL: possible
  • HEATING: radiators
  • GAS: LPG

FEATURES: stone walls, ancient terracotta floors, wooden beams, brick-built arches, stone staircase, brick-built staircase, patrolling path on the ramparts, panoramic view, garden


12th-CENTURY CASTLE FOR SALE ON THE SIENESE HILLS, TUSCANY


In the Tuscan countryside, a short distance from Siena and the Tyrrhenian Sea, this imposing 12th-century fortress is an authentic piece of history. With a surface of 600 sqm, 6 bedrooms, impressive stone walls and perfectly preserved battlements, the castle dominates the surrounding valley with an unrivaled view. The land around the castle covers roughly 10,000 sqm.

The location of the castle is convenient to reach all the most notable cities of Tuscany (Siena, Florence, Montalcino, Montepulciano...).


DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING


The castle (600 sqm – 6,456 sqft, 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms) is laid out onto five floors.

The basement was once a prison and is nowadays a cellar and/or storage room.

The ground floor is made up of a beautiful stone entrance hall with dining area, a kitchen, a studio (with office), a storage room and two bathrooms. Right in the entrance hall we find the stairs leading up. Midway up the road, there’s a door on the left leading to the mezzanine floor made up of a generous living room, two bedrooms and a shared bathroom accessed from the living room. Mounting the last section of the staircase one gets to the first floor of the fortress made up of a double-height reception hall that leads to two double bedrooms (located one on the east and one on the western side of the building) with en-suite bathroom. Finally, mounting a last staircase, one reached the second floor that houses a huge rustic living room and two bedrooms with en-suite bathroom.

  FLOOR PLANS OF THE CASTLE


HISTORY, STATE AND FINISHES


The castle we see today was built at the end of the 12th century, in open violation to the 1158 AD order by Frederick I Barbarossa that forbade the construction of military buildings in the area of Siena. Over the years, several German emperors ordered multiple times the demolition of the fortress which was never actually torn down. When in 1208 the emperor Otto IV ordered the umpteenth demolition of the fortress, under the menace of a severe sanction, the fortress was ultimately demolished (partially or totally, that’s not clear). However, by 1251 the fortress is mentioned again in several documents, so the remaining of the walls on the outside, which appears to have being completing an elliptical structure, suggests that the fortress was like “cut” in half instead of being totally destroyed. After several military events, the building was first restored in 1475. It was only in 1554 that the fortress was finally conquered by the Florentine army after the fall of Siena. The partially ruined building was restored a second time at the end of the 18th century and a third and last time at the end of the 20th century.

 

The property is in good conditions and boasts on the outside the typical stone walls usually found on medieval fortresses, which have undergone several thickening works throughout the centuries to be able to resist to artillery shots in the early 15th century. The original battlements are perfectly maintained and protect and ancient patrol route on the ramparts. The façade boasts three beautiful lancet-arched windows.

On the inside, the building shows a neat contrast between exposed stone walls (mainly on the ground floor) and plastered walls (on the upper floors). The ceilings of the upper floors are supported by a beautiful system of wooden beams. On the ground floor, there are beautiful brick arches, an expedient to discharge the huge weight of the upper castle. Floors are covered in ancient terracotta blocks, perfectly maintained, while the staircase leading upwards starts with four stone steps, leaving then way to brick steps, probably added after one of the restoration. Every room of the castle has a private fireplace, once the only way to heat the locals, built both in bricks and stone.


EXTERIORS


The property covers a total surface of approximately 10,000 sqm and is built on top of a hill, high on a series of fortified terraces along the slope. Just outside the main door, we can find a wooden pergola, perfect for al fresco dining and providing an unrivaled view over the surrounding countryside. In the garden are still visible the remaining walls of the ancient fortress, probably demolished between 1208 and 1235.

The roof of the castle, providing a wonderful view, is reached from the attic and is made up of a medieval patrolling path above the ramparts.


NEAREST TOWNS


Town with services (16km; 15’), Siena (23km; 35’), Montalcino (49km; 1h), Volterra (57km; 1h 10’), Pienza (62km; 1h 15’), San Gimignano (64km; 1h 5’), Grosseto (65km; 1h), Montepulciano (77km; 1h 10’), Florence (95km; 1h 30’)


NEAREST AIRPORTS


Firenze Vespucci (102km; 1h 20’), Pisa Galilei (147km; 2h), Bologna Marconi (184km; 2h 10’), Roma Fiumicino (234km; 2h 40’), Roma Ciampino (258km; 2h 50’)

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Ref. 1511 / Fortezza Senese

12th-CENTURY CASTLE FOR SALE ON THE SIENESE HILLS, TUSCANY

Siena - Tuscany

Price upon request

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