Italian castle for sale, Fiesole Florence Tuscany. Beautiful and amazing castle, land, vineyards, olive groves, farmhouses (needing renovation), mature garden park. Possible for up to 21 bedrooms in total.

Lovely Castle Property Fiesole Florence Tuscany

The Castle of Vincigliata, a truly magnificent Italian castle for sale, stands proudly overlooking the historic centre of Florence. Its location offers both stunning panoramas and convenient access. Expertly restored at the end of the 19th century, this castle, spanning a grand 985 sqm, boasts a rich history dating back to 1031. It has evolved into a captivating and unique residence, often chosen as the picturesque setting for extraordinary events and ceremonies. Surrounding buildings, totalling over 1,100 sqm, present a remarkable opportunity for those interested in establishing an accommodation enterprise or resuming the production of wine and olive oil.

Conveniently, essential services are within a mere 5-minute drive to the nearest town, and Florence’s historic city centre is similarly close, reachable by car in under ten minutes. Additionally, Florence’s airport, offering numerous international flights, is only a 30-minute drive away.

**Building Descriptions**
The castle (985 sqm – 10,598 sqft) comprises up to 8 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The ground floor centres around a striking courtyard (150 sqm – 1,614 sqft), encircled by five exquisite halls with vaulted ceilings and guest bathrooms. These spaces are adorned with classical features such as marble floors and wooden fixtures. A staircase and elevator provide access to other floors. The first floor includes four reception halls, bathrooms, a closet, and a spectacular terrace (75 sqm – 807 sqft) offering panoramic views. The third floor houses seven rooms and a main tower terrace, revealing breathtaking views of the surrounding hillsides. The ground floor also leads to former dungeons, mirroring the layout above but with a corridor encircling the perimeter.

A separate tower (65 sqm – 699 sqft) includes 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, spread over four floors. The ground floor has a living room with a cooking area, while the upper floors feature bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Nearby, an old portcullis (20 sqm – 215 sqft) contains two storage rooms.

Two farmhouses, in need of renovation, are also part of the estate. Farmhouse N°1 (315 sqm – 3,389 sqft), originally a workshop and farmer’s house, could be transformed into two apartments. Farmhouse N°2 (505 sqm – 5,434 sqft) spans three floors, offering the potential for a reception area, offices, and additional apartments.

An old foundry (250 sqm – 2,690 sqft), set near the castle’s outer walls and in need of restoration, could be converted into guest accommodation, complete with a private 1,800 sqm garden.

**Castle History**
The history of Vincigliata dates back to 1031, initially a property of the Visdomini family. Over centuries, it changed hands among prominent Florentine families. In 1855, John Temple Leader purchased the dilapidated property and undertook a significant restoration in the neo-Gothic style. The castle also played a role during World War II as a prison camp for officers and notable individuals.
After the war, the castle was returned to private hands and used as a fantastic background for events and ceremonies, thanks to the charming courtyard and the breathtaking views one can enjoy from the upper terraces. The castle hasn’t been used for several years and needs substantial renovations and restorations to be fully used and brought back to its original glory.

The castle’s private garden (3,056 sqm – 32,882 sqft) is designed in the traditional Florentine style, with cypresses, bay trees, and geometrically arranged evergreen hedges. The entire estate spans roughly 14.0 hectares (34.6 acres), including a vineyard (6.3 ha) and olive grove (4.2 ha), with potential for significant wine production. The vineyards lie on the northern side of the hill of Vincigliata and are entirely registered as Toscana IGT. Plants of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Foglia Tonda, Trebbiano and Malvasia varieties were planted between 1975 and 2015. Supposing a yield of 4,000 bottles/hectare to maintain a higher quality of the wines, the property could easily produce between 25,000 and 26,000 bottles of wine per year. Currently one would need to rely on a third party to process the grapes, but the property still has the old cellar that could be restarted.

**Potential Uses**
Currently serving as a venue for events and ceremonies, this Italian castle, with further restoration and development of the surrounding buildings, could expand into a thriving accommodation business. The vineyard and olive grove offer additional business opportunities, especially if the old wine cellar is restored for in-house grape processing.

  • TYPE: A neogothic Italian castle with farmhouses, vineyard and olive grove
  • CONDITION: Habitable
  • LOCATION: Hilly, very panoramic
  • ACCESS: Excellent
  • PROVINCE: Florence
  • REGION: Tuscany
  • INTERIORS: 2,140 square metres (23,025 square feet)
  • TOTAL ROOMS: 40+
  • BEDROOMS: up to 21
  • BATHROOMS: up to 24
  • ANNEXES: Tower, farmhouses, old foundry
  • MAIN FEATURES: Stone walls, wooden beams, terracotta floors, paved courtyard, crenellated walls, towers, panoramic terrace, farmhouses to be restored, Italian gardens, vineyards, olive grove
  • EXTERIORS: 14.0 hectares (34.6 acres)
  • GARDEN: 3,056 square metres (0.7 acres)
  • ELECTRICITY: Already connected
  • WATER SUPPLY: Mains water + private well
  • TELEPHONE: Already connected
  • ADSL: Yes
  • GAS: Natural gas
  • HEATING SYSTEM: Radiators
  • CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Closest services (4km; 5’), Fiesole (5km; 10’), historic city centre of Florence (5km; 10’), Pontassieve (14km; 20’), Rufina (22km; 30’), San Casciano in Val di Pesa (24km; 30’), Greve in Chianti (31km; 45’), Pistoia (57km; 45’), Vinci (60km; 1h), San Gimignano (61km; 1h), Monteriggioni (63km; 1h), Siena (79km; 1h 10’), Lucca (96km; 1h 15’), Montepulciano (110km; 1h 25’), Montalcino (117km; 1h 50’), Pienza (118km; 1h 40’)
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS Firenze Vespucci (14km; 30’), Pisa Galilei (96km; 1h 15’), Bologna Marconi (117km; 1h 30’), Perugia San Francesco (161km; 1h 50’), Roma Ciampino (288km; 2h 55’), Roma Fiumicino (304km; 3h)

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