As you begin to eye upcoming travel plans, take a second look at Tuscany in summer 2017. There are plenty of reasons that this is the perfect year to visit. From timeless annual rites — such as Il Palio in Siena or the 1398 Medieval Festival in Volterra — to this-year-only events, you should consider making your travel plans soon.
Below you’ll find five reasons to enjoy la dolce vita this summer, including special events and packages at the five-star Castello di Casole — the perfect base to explore the best of Tuscany.
1. Gate of Heaven Tour in Siena
Even in a nation saturated with stunning churches and cathedrals, Siena’s Duomo is a show-stopper. In 2017, visitors are being granted exclusive access to some of the Duomo’s most hidden chambers.
From now until November 1, the Gate of Heaven Tour will grant a limited amount of visitors access to attic rooms that have previously been closed to the public. The tour includes views over the city from the Duomo’s cupola, as well as a high vantage point over the nave, which affords a new perspective on this architectural wonder. Learn more.
2. Wine & Art at Antinori, Badia a Passignano
Every Wednesday throughout summer, guests at the five-star Castello di Casole can join an exclusive tour that visits the beautiful Abbey di Passignano and concludes with a private tasting at the acclaimed Tuscan winery of Antinori.
Food pairings help further illustrate the seductive qualities of Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and the king of Tuscan wines, Brunello di Montalcino. Learn more.
3. Hold Your Breath at the Heart-Pounding Il Palio in Siena
How can an event last 75 seconds and yet remain utterly timeless at the same time? Siena’s famous Il Palio is, at it’s heart, a horse race through the town’s majestic medieval piazza. But the pageantry that precedes it, and the revelry that follows, is deeply rooted in the customs and traditions of an ancient city and its rival neighborhoods, called contrade.
Il Palio is held on July 2 and August 16 every year. And if you think it has been resurrected from the past to please tourists, think again: this intense battle of the contrade has been held almost continuously since 1644.
The best way to enjoy Il Palio is with Castello di Casole’s special package. Learn more.
4. Revisit Medieval Tuscany in Volterra
Occupying a mountaintop in central Tuscany, the ancient walled city of Volterra captivates travelers with impeccably preserved cultural sites spanning the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval eras.
Every summer, the spectacular 1398 Medieval Festival brings one of these time periods to life in the town’s Parco di Castello. Held on the third and fourth Sundays of August, the event features period costumes and reenactments in a medieval market setting. It is one of the most authentic time-traveling experiences in Europe.
5. Tour the Countryside in a Ferrari
Finally, could there possibly be a better way to experience the undulating Tuscan countryside than with a test drive of a Ferrari? We didn’t think so.
Guests at the Castello di Casole this summer can book the Ferrari Red Passion package and enjoy four nights of luxury accommodations, daily breakfast for two, VIP amenities, and of course, a full-day Ferrari experience with a member of the Ferrari team. Guests can take a red Ferrari California 30 for a spin anywhere within 150 km of the resort.
Learn more about this, and other exciting summer 2017 packages at Castello di Casole.