Casa al Prato is the house which my husband, Marcello bought and restored for us before he had even met me.
The craftsmanship and passion which he brought to the work transformed this ruined medieval tower into a beautiful Tuscan country house with all the allure of original materials and with all the warmth and comfort which made it home for us for seventeen years.
It is here where our children Nicola and Caterina were born and for them Lamole and the Casa al Prato made their childhood a time of freedom and close contact with nature such as only children who live in the country can experience.
Today we have chosen to open our house to all those who share our values and want to sample for themselves life in Chianti, those who seek a real holiday away from stress in authentic places touched by art, history and the atmosphere of Tuscany. Everyone who enjoys the emotions which the little things give us every day will find a delightful place where they can relax, welcomed and looked after by our family.
Caterina and Nicola are now grown up and these days they are the real hosts; they will greet you and be happy to show you around and tell you of all you can discover in this corner of the world.
Casa al Prato is an ancient farm house located in the small village of Lamole, in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone, 30 km south of Florence and about the same distance north of Sienna. The location is ideal for visiting the numerous vineyards of the area and for going on relaxing walks through the surrounding forests. The house has two private gardens, one in front, one behind, and perfect for outdoor meals. Upon request, we can serve breakfast or dinners composed of typical Chianti dishes. On the ground floor, from a little porch, you enter a living room with two beds and which opens onto a garden of mature plants and with an area of about 300 sq m. From the living room, you pass to a small kitchenette and then a passage with a wardrobe and a bathroom with bath and shower
At the end of the passage, you find another double bedroom with private shower. From the living room, a staircase takes you to the first floor from which you may also descend directly to the garden down an old stone staircase. The large first floor living room is truly the heart of the house, with wooden beamed ceilings, stone architraves and a fireplace dating from the 16 C. Opening off it is a large and ancient kitchen with a fireplace and antique furniture. From the living room, you pass into a passage which accesses a double bedroom with private bath and a wooden staircase that ascends to the top floor which occupies a smaller, turret-like part of the house where you find two further double rooms with private shower.
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Casa al Prato - a former medieval tower Gagliano, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
Castello di Lamole is near many importants cities in Tuscany. You can visit in a few minutes by car the wonderfull city of Florence and Siena. There you can visit the most importants museums, squares and monuments. You can also visit some characterisitc village like S. Gimignano, Volterra, Motefioralle and many others.
Lamole, whose name comes out of the words “la mole (the mass)”, the stone above which the tuscan castle was built, or out of the ancient word “lame”, the natural stone basin to which the rivers converge, is situated in a dominant position at about 598 metres above sea level, in the Greve river valley. The small town of Lamole is surrounded along the whole valley by chestnut and oak woods and overlooks on a suggestive panoramic view of vineyards which once used to be cultivated only with particular species of tuscan wine typical of Lamole and selected by the peasants. Nowadays, much to our regret, they don't exist anymore in its original form. In Lamole is the little San Donato roman church (XIII century), unfortunately transformed in the XIX century and nowadays still in its new aspect, deprived of its charming and of its medieval historical signs. Since several years the San Donato chuch is place of a Concert Season, a weekly program of musical classic concerts which goes from July to Sptember.
During the Medieval Age Greve in Chianti was simply a “mercatale” (market place), just because of its position on the valley floor along the river Greve and near the ancient castles and the numerous fortified boroughs.
In the three-cornered Square took place the market businesses to which hastened the inhabitants of Montefioralle, Panzano anf Lamole. Typical arcades, house, terraces and the main public buildings like the Holy Cross Church (situated at the top of the Square) and the municipal building have been built in the centuries around the Square. Through the building of many streets, Greve became an important crossroads between Florence, Siena and the Valdarno.
The state route 222 leading to Florence and Siena, after a route winding along sweet ups and downs and skirting vineyards, olive trees, castles and farms, soon after the small town of Greve, crosses Panzano, which lies upon a ridge between the Greve valley and the Pesa valley. On top of the hill is possible to recognize the ancient core of the town at about 500 metres above sea level with its roman origins and still keeping the rests of the ancient tuscan castle of Panzano built in the same period as the Castle of Lamole. The two castles share some medieval architectonical elements and a similarity in the way the peasants settled in still evident nowadays.
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