Casa In Toscana

Colline Metallifere

Il Castello La Castellana

Colline Metallifere
Two appartments in Roccastrada. According to a legend, the building of the Castle started in 1272 when the Fornoli castle, on the opposite northern hill, was destroyed. Il Castello was built on a hill, 420 metres high, 2 km from Roccastrada. The castle has a beautiful view on the whole valley below as far as the sea. It was built with trachyte, a typical volcanic stone which was used to build villages, monasteries and castles. During World war II, it was seriously damaged.

Ms Jolanda's father (Jolanda is the owner of the two flats that can be rented) bought it and began the hard and long task of refurbishing it. When he died the castle was inherited by his 6 children, who live there at the moment. Jolanda and her husband kept a small two-room flat for themselves which they do not always use.

They prefer the guests to stay in the bigger flats as they can make them enjoy better the castle atmosphere!

Distances: Grosseto: 30 km., Castiglione della Pescaia: 45 km., Follonica: 38 km., Siena: 55 km., Firenze: 120 km.

La Castellana

Once you have gone through the arch at the castle entrance and walked a few steps further on uphill, along the terracotta tiles paved square, you will see the entrance to the bigger flat on your left.

This flat has a large living room with an American kitchen (with dishwasher), a sofa bed and a large fireplace (so large that you can sit under the hood, next to the fire, without getting burnt).

On the left of the room there are still the original, intact, Medieval loopholes from which soldiers used to defend the entrance to the castle. Another defence loophole is along the corridor - to the right of the living room - leading to the night area and the bathroom with a shower.

The bathroom has another piece of history, in fact, Ms Jolanda's son, during the refurbishing works, found an ancient wash basin carved in the stone and decided that it could be left there and used.

In the night area there is a double bedroom and a small bedroom with twin beds. Each room has a French door (with a mosquito net) opening into the castle square. La Castellana guests can also have breakfast in the open air, as, near the old oven - where many years ago Jolanda and her mother used to bake the bread - there is a table with some chairs.