When Isabella moved to the area from Milan over 20 years ago, she fell in love with Castelmuzio, it’s natural beauty, landscape and special charm. Over time it became her passion to share the magic of a truly authentic Tuscan lifestyle experience with her guests. The beautiful village of Castelmuzio is now the prime location for three of the family’s properties. This quaint village is a medieval Tuscan gem — off the beaten path, and yet close to everything in iconic Tuscany.
LIVE AMONGST THE LOCALS
You’ll love the “feel” of this village—its ancient walls and tower, the original stone arch at its portal, its ancient churches and museum. There is real history here—Etruscans, Romans, pilgrims going to Rome—to be discovered during your stay. But the most beautiful feeling of all is becoming part of its history yourself, living as part of this Tuscan community. Experience first-hand the community spirit of its 250 residents, their friendliness and welcoming nature, and the charm of a place where generations have lived for centuries. Castelmuzio’s people have a rich community life that they are eager to share with our guests.
RESTAURANT & SHOPPING
Although you will find very little English spoken here, you will find enormous Italian charm as you rub shoulders with the local people at the Coop grocery store, at the friendly coffee bar and restaurant in the main piazza, at a church service in the center of the village, or at the playground where parents and “nonni” bring their children for fun and fresh air.
BORGO SALOTTO – A COMMUNITY PROJECT
The village has experienced a “renaissance”—a rebirth of community spirit and vitality from an effort spearheaded by Isabella and her friend, Maria Stella Bianchini, a local shopkeeper. Their dream inspired the residents to form a civic organization called “Castelmuzio—The Borgo Salotto” to improve local life for its citizens and to make their town a warm, welcoming place for foreign visitors. Beautification projects have included transforming the stunning belvedere into an open-air living room (salotto) with chairs, tables, and chaise lounges. Relax in this “outdoor salon”, enjoy a cool drink or snack, and use the free Wi-Fi hotspot to stay in touch with family, friends, or associates while gazing at the most stunning Tuscan view you can imagine. During the summer, be sure to check the calendar of events—The Borgo Salotto offers a full schedule of concerts, exhibitions, lectures, cooking events, and more, all for your enjoyment and the enrichment of their community.
“We really didn’t want to leave on our last day and felt that the beauty, peace and serenity of Castelmuzio was like Heaven on Earth. Many thanks to Isabella, Carlo, Carlotta and Luciano for the tremendous effort they put into making our vacation magical.”