Riva Lofts Florence
Riva Lofts is a unique and carefully crafted architect-designed boutique hotel by the riverside in Florence.
We are who we are. We created this place because we fell in love with it. We put all our energy into it, our past life, our experiences.
Castello di Vicarello
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
Confirmed reservation may cancel their current bookings up to 2 days before their arrival, provided the cancellation is due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. For non-refundable bookings a voucher valid for 12 months will be issued.
This is such a romantic and intimate lodging, almost like an enchanted castle out of a fairy tale.
Enjoy outstanding food, its very much like a grand restaurant but in the middle of rural Tuscany.
The villa’s location is rather remote, make sure to ask for detailed information on how to get there.
How would you describe Castello di Vicarello in a nutshell?
Amidst the rolling green hills of Tuscany you will find yourself in a boutique stone castle with seven guestrooms, two infinity pools, and a spa. Castello di Vicarello is close to the village of Poggi del Sasso and has a 360-degree view of enchanted gardens with roses, ancient olive trees, and lavender bushes. Owned by a world-class chef it makes absolute sense that they also have a restaurant on site, where you can delve into a daily-changing menu of Italian delicacies. There are four suites overlooking the courtyard and three outbuildings in a verdant garden. You will love the original stone and brick walls, vaulted ceilings, huge fireplaces, and the graceful mix of antique and modern furniture. Come here for a taste of luxurious Italian life.
What is the history of Castello Di Vicarello?
When we bought the castello in the late seventies it was an absolute ruin. We came here permanently in ’98 and opened in 2003. Before, we lived in Indonesia. When we came back to Italy, we lived in Milano for three years. Then we decided to change our life radically and here we are.
What is your philosophy at Castello Di Vicarello?
We are who we are. We did this place because we fell in love with it. We put all our energy into it, our past life, our experiences. The approach to the guests is easygoing, not formal. We like guests to feel at home although we don’t like people to go around naked! Basically, we want people to feel at home, relaxed and happy.
What’s the secret of being a good host to your guests?
It’s never easy to do things to a very high standard. You always have to keep an eye open, if not two. To give more service and become better every day is a lot of work. You have to be used to having people around; you always have to be aware of their needs.
The interior design of Castello di Vicarello is really beautiful. Were you responsible for the interior design?
Yes, my husband and I did everything with the furniture that we had. It’s like my home. We put in what we like and when we feel a room is okay for us then I think it’s fine for our guests.
Castello di Vicarello is also a working farm, you are producing your own wine and olive oil.
Yes, absolutely. The vineyards lie at the heart of the rolling landscape close to Castello di Vicarello. Though the vineyards are still relatively new, our two organic red wines have already won several plaudits from specialist publications.
The olive oil that we are producing here is also one of the most sought-after in Tuscany. We have century old olive trees surrounding the property and guests can actually participate in the harvest between the end of October and the beginning of November. It is a true Tuscan experience.
You also have a wedding licence at Castello di Vicarello?
Yes, we do. And we can also take care of the planning, the food, and help with music, flower arrangements, table settings, tents and any of the other details to compliment the special day. We can do the civil ceremony on the property, or for a catholic ceremony we can provide details regarding nearby churches.
How would you like your guests to remember their stay?
Well of course I want them to be very happy at Castello di Vicarello and to give good feedback to us! We have books full of the beautiful things that they write.
The Castello has two outdoor pools, a restaurant . There are eight suites with living rooms for our guests. I think Spa Suite is fantastic, it has the most stunning view. My favourite room always depends on the season though, because if you ask me at the beginning and the end of the season, Vicario is wonderful. It has a wonderful fireplace so when it starts to get cool at night it’s nice to be in front of the fireplace. There’s also the Villa Chiesina. I lived there for two years before moving up to the main building and I left my heart there. It’s a very, very happy house. You go out and you’re absolutely in the middle of nature so it’s very beautiful.
An intimate, yet opulent split level suite featuring a magnificent green marble bathroom and private studio. Set within the Castle’s romantic courtyard, with views of ancient forests and beyond.
This Venetian inspired suite enjoys two queen size beds, an opulent white marble bathroom and a private garden, secluded balcony & shared infinity pool. As an addition to Suite Chiesina, it is well suited for extended families.
An elegant & spacious, split level suite with its very own secret garden. This suite features stunning views of the valleys of the Maremma.
This beautifully appointed split-level suite situated in the romantic courtyard of Vicarello’s 11th century castle, features a romantic living room with fireplace and daybed.
A luxurious & grand-scale signature suite, Vicario exudes a sense of luxury and romance. Featuring a stone fireplace, antique day bed and freestanding copper bath.
This romantic suite enjoys breath-taking views of the countryside & coast. With sumptuous interiors throughout, I Sassi also features a regal red marble bathroom tying the whole interior together.
An impressive 150 sqm private villa featuring spacious interiors on 2 floors, with a spacious terrace & pergola, enjoying exceptional views and a beautiful infinity pool.
Located just a short walk from the main 12th century castle, the elegant new Spa Suite offers total seclusion, with far reaching views over the Ombrone valley and river below. A striking, architectural design, the single storey suite has its own steam room, sauna, spacious sun-deck and al-fresco hot-tub. A beautifully appointed property, the Spa Suite is contemporary in design and constructed from natural timber, with floor to ceiling, sliding glass doors, which allow the interior and exterior to seamlessly become one.
The property has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with natural teak finishes that give a luxurious, chalet style feel.
The bedroom features a King Size bed, luxurious Italian linens and and antique furnishings. A smart-system allows 24/7 butler service at the touch of a button. The spacious deck provides an area for relaxation, sunbathing or yoga and includes a unique wooden “barile” hot-tub, perfectly positioned for watching the Tuscan sunset.
The Spa Suite offers total privacy, peace and tranquillity, perfect for honeymooners or those seeking a unique sense of calm and well-being.
Our most prestigious suite with kin-size bed occupies an entire floor at the highest point of the castle and boasts stunning, 360-degree panoramic views of Vicarello.
Guests are spoiled by unique art pieces, a spacious living area with a fireplace, a traditional Tuscan roof, a large bathroom featuring an Italian marble bathtub, and a private outdoor terrace overlooking the central courtyard (110 sq. m)
Please note this suite does not offer a shower, only a large bathtub. Unfortunately only accessible by a steep staircase, therefore it is not a suitable option for elderly or disabled guests.
Complimentary High Speed WIFI
Air Conditioning, Heating, Ceiling Fan and Fireplace
In-Room Security Box
Fully Stocked Minibar
Complimentary Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Complimentary Tea and Coffee
Down Comforters and Pillows
Superior Cotton Sheets
At Castello di Vicarello, we have two swimming pools that are chlorine-free. One is a travertine infinity pool and the other one is lined with mosaic tiles and hidden among olive trees close to the vegetable garden. I think it’s perfect because you’re never on top of each other. As for the gardens, there’s a lot of space. You can walk for an hour through the forest to the river. You can visit the vineyards or walk to the next village or if you want, you can just relax in the garden among the thousands of bushes of red, white, pink and yellow roses, the lavender and the rosemary.
Our kitchen is like the kitchen of a house, not the kitchen of a restaurant. Everybody passes through the kitchen. We have an organic garden and every day we change the menu according to what we have in season. Everybody can see the preparation, it’s nothing secret. We even offer cooking classes at the castello if guests want to and are about to publish a cook book with our recipes as well.
We’re very close to the sea. You can see it in the distance, and this is the wildest part of Tuscany... it’s the most beautiful part of Tuscany. It’s quite spread out so there are no houses close to each other. You’re surrounded by nature.
If you’ve never been to Siena you should go. There is the national park by the sea. You can visit Orbetello, Porto Ercole... there are many places, it’s just a question of how far you want to go.
Our gardens are the most beautiful in late spring and early summer, that is definitely our favourite time to be at the Castello. The summers tend to be rather hot but the castle stays cool then and in the winter you can use the fireplace to make it very cozy.
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