The Castelletto di Montebenichi in Bucine
The Castelletto di Montebenichi occupies the quarterdeck of the original fortress and owes its present form to the restoration work begun in the 1901 by Salvadore Malesci; a subsequent restoration and the destination as a hotel (charming hotel) were operated in the 1997.
Montebenichi is today a tiny village that crowns a hill at 525 m in the Chianti area.
In the 2017 the hotel business is finished. Four small, totally independent apartments were then set up to accommodate two or three people each. Guests can always use the park with the swimming pool which offers an extraordinary panorama immersed in absolute tranquility.
Halfway between Siena and Arezzo, the Castelletto di Montebenichi is in an ideal position to visit some of the most celebrated places of art in Tuscany, besides Siena and Arezzo, also Cortona and San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and Monte Oliveto Maggiore I'm a few miles away. In 15 minutes you can reach Rapolano with its thermal water facilities.
The fortress of Montebenichi was certainly built in the first half of the 12th century, part of a chain of castles in defense of the borders of the territory of Florence against the expansionist aims of Siena.
Montebenichi and the Valdambra represented for centuries land of confrontation and conquest with alternate phases by Florence and Siena. In 1478 Giovanni della Rovere, prefect of Rome and nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, besieged the castle of Brolio during a war against Florence.
Due to the need to procure provisions he put the fortress of Montebenichi to fire and sword, which he conquered despite the courageous resistance of its inhabitants. In 1557 the Valdambra with Montebenichi became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany entrusted to the Medici. In this period, lord of Montebenichi was Gregorio di Benedetto Stendardi, later known as Capitan Goro, leader of fortune in the service of the Grand Duke. In addition to having distinguished himself in numerous warlike enterprises, Capitan Goro is remembered above all for the heroism demonstrated in the battle of Gavinana in August 1530 when he shielded Francesco Ferrucci with his body.
In the following centuries the fortress was gradually transformed into a series of houses for the use of peasant families. The patronage of the Stendardi, descendants of Captain Goro, remained on Montebenichi until 1860.
With the decline of the power of Siena towards the end of the sixteenth century, the fortress lost its meaning and was gradually transformed into a village.
Chianti holiday homes
Four apartments are available for two or three people each, for a minimum stay of three days at the price of 130,00 Euro per day.
every room has every kind of comfort (private bathroom, hairdryer, minibar, safe, telephone, DVD player, satellite TV, air conditioning)
The furnishings come from art collections of the owners and contribute to increase the magical atmosphere of the place. The park with at the pool offers an extraordinary panorama immersed in absolute quietness.
Places of interest nearby: Siene, Arezzo, Cortona, Saint Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino e Monte Oliveto Maggiore.