Overview of the Castello di Celsa
Exclusive elegance a stone’s throw from Siena
The exclusive Castello di Celsa, owned by the princely Aldobrandini family, lies fourteen kilometers south-east of Siena. It is within easy reach of such cultural gems as Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Chianti area. Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo are about one and a half hours by car and Perugia, Orvieto and Assisi are equally easy day trips.
Celsa has the quality that dreams are made of. A castle with turrets surrounded by a formal garden, a Renaissance chapel and a beautifully converted conservatory – the Limonaia – look accross the valley towards the skyline of Siena, surrounded by 250 hectares of land.
The Castello di Celsa is one of Italy’s best kept secrets as it is not open to the public, but those fortunate enough to go there are invariably awed by the sheer elegance of its interiors and the mystique that surrounds the place which has not surprisingly been featured in a number of books and publications on the beauties of Tuscany.
The true beauty of Celsa lies in its silence and the spectacular view over the surrounding countryside, at a stone’s throw from the magical city of Siena, a landscape that has not changed for centuries’.
HOUSES ON THIS ESTATE AVAILABLE FOR WEEKLY RENTAL
Number of beds : 10
Castello di Celsa lies 14 km west from Siena and one hour from Florence
- Sovicille, the nearest village is at 10 min.
- Siena 14 km – 25 min
- Montalcino 50 km – 45 min
- Arezzo 100 km – 1 hr 10 min
- Florence 80 km – 1 hr
- Porto Ercole 120 km – 1 hr 30 min
- Lucca 150 km – 1 hr 40 min
- Pisa 130 km – 2 hr
Activities & Places of interest
- The sleepy hill-top village of Sovicille is a ten minute drive from Castello di Celsa. At the centre of the charming main square is a fountain and there are just three tables in front of the bar which doubles as the village food store, a perfect spot for the morning cappuccino before you venture out on sightseeing tours or more serious shopping at the weekly markets in the neighboring villages.
- Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called "Il Campo." Twice a year the famous horse race known as the "Palio" takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.
- Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
- Guided tour of Siena: We are particularly happy to be able to suggest the excellent guide Vittoria Adami Nepi who is also a friend of the owner of La Limonaia, Livia Aldobrandini. Vittoria Adami Nepi will take you on a tour of Siena covering the most famous locations, ending up at the Duomo. The tour will take a max. of 3 hours, special interests can be discussed at the beginning. A light lunch before the tour or a tea thereafter in Vittoria’s beautiful home is an extra option which ads a further personal touch to the experience.
- The abbey and the monastery of San Galgano are at a 30 minute drive from Celsa. This highly romantic location, the abbey has no roof and grass instead of a floor, is used for concerts in summer.
- There is a tennis court on the estate
- Bycicles can be hired in Siena
- The prestigious "Golf Club La Bagnaia" lies only a 20 minute drive from Celsa. The magnificent 18 hole course on 320 acres of Tuscan countryside was designed by renowned Robert Trent Jones Jr.. Non-members are welcome. Exclusive and elegant clubhouse.
- Buddha Spa by Clarins offers an extensive menu of one day wellness programmes and treatments. (16 years and over).
- In house massage: Gigliola Carnicelli, who has worked at the famous spa Spadeus in Tuscany, will come to the Limonaia upon request on Monday, Tuesday and/or Friday mornings. Her specialities are Ayurvedic massage with essential oils, Cranio sacral therapy and Reflexology.