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Experience

Castello di Vicarello is a destination for all seasons

Castello di Vicarello is a destination for all seasons

Join us in the springtime as we welcome the first fragrant blossoms of the year. Allow the long summer days to inspire languid poolside interludes, evenings spent dining under the stars and cool sea breezes. Encounter autumn with its the grape and olive harvests and the slight tang of wood smoke in the air. Go hunting for the wild mushrooms that dot the vivid golden landscape. At Castello di Vicarello, winter is a time for musing, glowing fires, and forest scenery shrouded in mist.

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Wellbeing & Massage

At Castello di Vicarello our therapists offer wellbeing treatments and massage therapies using organic oils and ingredients from the castle gardens. Treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of your suite or set within the beautiful gardens surrounded by the heady scents of lavender and jasmine. There are many wellbeing, spa and beauty treatments available and each session is tailored to your personal requirements.

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Wine Tasting

Guests at Vicarello can sample award-winning wines from organic grapes grown and harvested on Castello di Vicarello’s estate. Carlo Baccheschi Berti and his oldest son, Brando, have established a highly successful vineyard on the slopes around the castle. The wine tasting experiences take place in the magical atmosphere of the castle’s medieval kitchen or, if the weather allows, in the middle of the vineyards, a truly unique event, perfect for celebrations. “IL VINO SI FA NELLE VIGNE, NON IN CANTINA” -Carlo Baccheschi Berti

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Cooking Classes

Discover the distinct seasonal flavours of Tuscany with Aurora Baccheschi Berti and her chefs who share their passion for natural home-grown ingredients. Learn the age-old secrets of authentic Tuscan cuisine with a cooking class in the historic kitchen at Castello di Vicarello. Follow the family recipes from Aurora’s published cookbook ‘My Tuscan Kitchen’ and learn the essential art of pasta, bread and pastry making.

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Hiking and Biking

Take a trek through vineyards and forests, meadows and olive groves, and enjoy the beauty of the majestic Maremma region. Discover the hidden valleys and high hills with a guided tour, or, take one of Vicarello’s signed hiking trails. Hire a mountain bike and explore the tracks that wind through the countryside with breath-taking views towards the coast. Electric-powered bikes are also available for exploring the country roads.

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Yoga and Meditation

Relax and revive with a private yoga class set amidst Castello di Vicarello’s tranquil country estate. Sooth the mind, body and soul whilst immersed in un-spoilt countryside with enchanting views of the Maremma region. Whether you are an experienced Yogi or a beginner, allow yourself to be guided by our professional yoga instructor, Bruno Lantenois who tailors each session to suit your individual needs.

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Grape Harvest

Would you like to learn more about wine? Are you interested in learning the entire process of wine making? Start in the heart of the vineyards, where you will learn how to properly harvest the grapes. Acquire a deeper understanding of how organic grapes are processed, before their transformation into award-winning wines. Enjoy a personal, convivial masterclass in wine production over a delicious, seasonal, Tuscan lunch

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Olive Harvest

Take to the olive grove in the autumn and experience the joys of a traditional olive harvest, discover the traditional methods of olive-picking and sample the freshly pressed organic oils. Visit Castello di Vicarello’s olive oil mill and spend the day with our local producer. Take a walk among the ancient olive groves and learn everything there is to know about olives. Sample the olive oil and enjoy a traditional Tuscan 3-course lunch at a nearby farm.

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Truffle Hunting

Learn the art of truffle hunting with an experienced truffle hunter and his dogs. Seek out this gourmet ingredient and savour the seasonal flavours of this Tuscan delicacy. Venture seep into the forest and learn all about truffles and the secret to locating them. The Maremma region has the great fortune of having black and white truffles. To find the very best truffles, we recommend the season from October until the end of March. Enjoy a well-deserved gourmet lunch with a truffle-based menu. For an additional fee, you may keep the truffles that you find. Seasonal mushroom hunting experiences are also available on request.

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Leather Workshop

Experience a leather-working course with Era Balestrieri, famous leather creator whose story has been featured in the NY Times Style Magazine. Spend a day making a handcrafted belt or simple leather purse. Discover the art of Italian leather craftmanship, visit the leather tannery, choose your hide and transform it into an artisan object. If you would like to create your own customized handbag and learn the basic skills of leathermaking we recommend an immersive 2-day course.

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Horse Riding

What better way to discover the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, than by riding through the Maremma hills? Our skilled guides lead both individual and smaller group treks, with horse-riding available for both experienced and novice riders. We recommend booking well in advance, so that our guides can choose the perfect horse for you and tailor your experience to suit your requirements.

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