The Ginori Castle, a charming village in the heart of Val di Cecina
In the heart of Val di Cecina, between Volterra and the Etruscan Coast, perched on a hill, is the Ginori Castle of Querceto, enchanting village of medieval origin, whose rich and long history has been intertwined for over three centuries with the equally intense history of the family of the Marchesi Ginori Lisci known in the world for precious porcelains.
Il village is surrounded by the family holding with 1.300 hectares of woods pristine, 700 hectares of land cultivated with arable crops and 16 hectares of vineyards.
This magical place, ideal for nature lovers and for a truly relaxing holiday, with its unique and unique atmosphere offers rest, tranquility, walks in the countryside, mountain biking and, on sunny days, the sea - which is about 25 minutes.
Its location is also perfect for those interested in visiting the well-known and lesser-known places of art in Tuscany, such as Pisa, Florence, Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Massa Marittima, Bolgheri and other enchanting villages in the Val di Cecina.
Located in the village, around the Ginori Castle, are available 10 apartments for holidays, from 2 to 8 beds, which can be rented weekly or for a minimum of 3 nights from Easter to October. The apartments of the Ginori Castle of Querceto they have been restored with the aim of keeping intact the cozy style of the country houses, typical of the farmhouses in Tuscany, because the most distinctive sign of this ancient village is its authenticity, the one that can still be seen in the stones of old houses, in the smile of the Quercetani, in the small squares, in the intact nature ...
It seems that time has stopped in this fascinating world and far from the frenzy of modern life, a world of scents and forgotten sounds, of breathtaking sunsets and panoramas, which can be seen from the windows of our holiday homes.
In the charming little square of the village there is the restaurant la Locanda del Sole which offers i local dishes and where, in good weather, it is possible to eat outside.
Immediately below the village, in a field surrounded by olive trees, a beautiful is available to guests pool of 18 mx 6 m.
In village it's possible visit the cellars family winery, the "Marchesi Ginori Lisci", And taste the excellent wines and extra virgin olive oil at the"Pantry of the Castle".
Moreover, in the summer, exhibitions, concerts and outdoor shows are organized in the country painting courses, of yoga e kitchen.
The history of the Ginori Castle of Querceto
Ginori Castle of Querceto it's a ancient fortified village of Volterra on the slopes of Mount Aneo, in the middle of the extensive homonymous farm.
The origins of the village date back to the year one thousand when it belonged to the church of Massa Marittima. At the end of the 1100 the bishop of Massa ceded his rights over the village to the abbot of San Pietro in Palazzuolo di Monteverdi. Subsequently, in the 1208, Querceto together with other castles of the Val di Cecina (Canneto, Micciano, Libbiano, La Sassa, Serrazzano and Monterufoli) was sold to the Municipality of Volterra.
At that time Querceto was very important both for its military power and for the many natural resources of the subsoil: in the first place the "moie", salt water springs, then several minerals such as silver, copper and mercury, but also vitriol and alum which were a highly sought after commodity on the international markets of the Middle Ages.
After two centuries marked by armed clashes and revolts in the Volterra, in 1430 the castle was occupied and sacked by the troops of Giangaleazzo Visconti, duke of Milan.
Subsequently, in the 1447, Querceto was conquered by the troops of Alfonso of Aragon, king of Naples, who went to war against Florence.
The sixteenth century was marked by the Florentine domination; in fact, following the conquest of Volterra by the Florentines, the inhabitants of Querceto swore loyalty to the Signoria of Florence. In this period, more precisely in 1543, the noble family Lisci di Volterra settled in Quercetano.
In the 1786 the last descendant of the Lisci, Francesca, married the Marquis Lorenzo Ginori. With the advent of the Ginori ended a black period for Querceto, characterized by famine, misery and by the poor governance of the decadent dynasty of the Medici.
In the 1814 Carlo Leopoldo inherited from his mother Francesca the farm of Querceto; since then the lands and the castle remained of the Ginori family. He put into practice numerous innovations in cultivation systems, increasing the yield of the land, and he worked in particular to encourage the breeding of livestock and the improvement of the breeds. In the 1834 in the locality Tegolaia - today Ponteginori - he built the bridge over the river Cecina, which connected the estate of Querceto with the Val di Cecina road.
In the twentieth century Lorenzo and his son Leonardo gave a further boost to agricultural development, helping to make the farm of Querceto a well-known model farm. In recent years the village has been progressively restored, trying to keep the original structure as much as possible. The renovation also includes some simple but characteristic apartments, which are rented for the holidays.
The services of Ginori Castle of Querceto:
• Swimming pool of 16m x 8 m
• Guided tour of the village and of our cellar - by appointment
• Visit to the castle hall - On appointment
• Tasting of wines and oil of our production in our wine shop
• Cooking courses
• Painting courses at certain times of the year
• Restaurant with Tuscan cuisine
• Small shop with basic groceries
• In summer they are organized art exhibitions, concerts e outdoor shows
Places of interest nearby:
Volterra, Pisa, Siena, Bolgheri, Massa Marittima, Larderello, Populonia, Casale Marittimo, Suvereto