Castello di Fighine

San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany, Italy
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7 beautifully restored Tuscan houses and apartments (for 2-8) surrounding an ancient castle, with a Michelin-starred restaurant on site

Picture a beautiful Tuscan retreat and it's likely to look a lot like Castello di Fighine, which rests on a hilltop among manicured gardens of roses and wisteria and enjoys lush views over quintessential Tuscan countryside. This ancient settlement dates back to the 11th Century and comprises a historic castle, a church, a theatre, and an old hamlet with a clutch of houses that have been transformed into gorgeous holiday homes: five villas for 4-8 and two apartments for 2, ideal for families or couples. Completing the Tuscan dream is a Michelin-starred restaurant offering gourmet tasting menus and delicious wines from the region. It's a destination in itself, and people travel from afar to experience the food here.

Internationally renowned interior designers, David Mlinaric and Hugh Henry, were called upon to transform the houses. They sourced antiques, four-poster beds, claw-foot bathtubs, beautifully woven rugs and soft linens to create classically elegant spaces that perfectly capture the essence of this historic site. Original features and fireplaces were carefully restored, and for added indulgence, private swimming pools were installed in the gardens of two of the villas. You might spend your days reclining here, or you'll head into the nearby spa village of San Casciano dei Bagni, famous for its 42 thermal springs - Fighine guests get access to the renowned Fonteverde Spa. We think it all sounds fabulously classy.

Highs

  • Beautiful location on a leafy hilltop that gazes over southern Tuscany, with lots of historic towns to explore nearby
  • Fighine brims with history dating back to the 11th Century, and each of its ancient buildings have been carefully restored to retain their character
  • We’re yet to try it, but the fact the restaurant has a Michelin Star tells you everything about the standard of food served here
  • The 5 houses and 2 apartments have each been classically styled to create elegant bedrooms and living spaces that work for groups of varying sizes (from 2-8)
  • Set among beautifully manicured gardens of cypresses, fruit trees, roses and box hedges

Lows

  • The restaurant is closed on Mondays and there's no lunch service on Tuesdays. It also closes over winter, from November - Easter
  • There’s no main swimming pool, but Villa Melissa and Casa Janine have their own pools (heated on request for an additional fee)
  • A steep security deposit is required when booking, but it's fully refundable
  • There’s no formal reception, but there is a concierge on hand to greet you and help with any queries during your stay

Best time to go

Southern Tuscany is a good destination all year round, but we think the weather is at its best in late spring and late summer. Spring offers blue skies, flowers and vivid green vegetation; late summer and autumn have crisp, warm sunshine. Large fireplaces and central heating in the houses mean winter stays are also an option.

Our top tips

There are lots of stunning Tuscan towns within day-trip distance. Don't miss Montepulciano (45km), famous for its Vino Nobile wines; striking Orvieto (43km), which stands atop a near-vertical cliff-face; and Città della Pieve (17km), a pretty town with churches and palaces dating back to the Middle Ages.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique Houses
  • 7 houses for 2-8
  • Restaurant; self-catering facilities in houses
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Pool/beach towels
Room:

Large houses (for 6-8)

Castello di Fighine has four large houses - three sleeping 6 and one sleeping 8. Each is individual, but all incorporate original features and are elegantly styled throughout.

Villa Melissa (sleeps 8) is the largest house and arguably the grandest. It’s set in a peaceful walled garden and has beautiful, frescoed ceilings and original stone floors. There are two double bedrooms and two twins, each with wrought-iron bed frames (one four-poster). You also get ensuites in all rooms, two dressing rooms, an elegant lounge with a restored open fireplace, and a big kitchen with a range oven. Out in the garden, there’s a swimming pool flanked by loungers, and a dining table seating 14.

We think Casa Janine (sleeps 6) looks particularly plush. It’s a semi-circular-shaped building with a bell tower and comes with far-reaching views. The gardens are scented with rosemary and lavender, and the swimming pool gazes over leafy surroundings. Inside, you get two double bedrooms and one twin, an enormous open fireplace in the living room, a Victorian bath and marble-topped basins in the bathrooms, a small wine cellar downstairs, and even a mini gym.

Casa Teatro and Casa Vittoria also sleep 6 in three bedrooms. These houses come without a pool, but you still get a smart living room with a restored fireplace, a kitchen, and a small garden. White beamed ceilings and stone floors run throughout. Teatro, as its name suggests, is located near the old theatre and has 3 double bedrooms (all ensuites) – one with a lovely four-poster with white linen drapes. Vittoria has two doubles and one twin (all ensuites), and is accessed via a sweet little patio garden.

Small houses (for 2-4)

Smaller parties can opt for a two-bedroom villa or one of the one-bed apartments. Italian designer Federico Forquet decorated these spaces; he’s retained the classical look and feel of Fighine, incorporating antique furniture and bold fabrics.

Casa Rossa sleeps 4 and comes with all the features of the larger houses. It spans three floors, with all the living spaces at ground level – full kitchen, cottage-style lounge with fireplace, dining room. Each of the bedrooms (both doubles) gets its own floor and its own ensuite bathroom, and the bedroom on the first floor has a little terrace too. We think this house would work well for two couples travelling together.

Individual couples might prefer to book one of the two Parretti apartments, which share the same building. Each has plenty of space for two, with a bedroom, a bathroom, a dressing room and a living room. You don’t get a kitchen – but there is a fridge and a coffee machine – so you’ll probably eat dinners at Fighine’s restaurant, or elsewhere if you prefer. If you want some outside space, opt for Apartment 1, which has a little terrace.

Most people opt to stay in the apartments if coming just for one night (in order to dine at the restaurant). In these instances, you get continental breakfast included too, which is served in the restaurant.

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Eating

People travel from far and wide to visit Fighine’s destination restaurant, which is open for lunch Wed-Sun and dinner Tue-Sun. The head chef has three Michelin Stars under his belt; the restaurant has one too. The setting is magical: within the castle grounds among vine-covered terraces and fragrant gardens. Dine outside on warm evenings, or inside in the smart dining room on cooler nights.

Dishes are inspired by the seasons, each a creative take on traditional Tuscan cooking. Expect beautifully presented appetizers, and mains of succulent meat or fish. There are options of 5- or 7-course tasting menus, with wine pairing possible too - local tipples are favoured, like Podernuovo or Ravazzi from nearby Palazzone. It’s all very high quality, so expect high prices, and you’ll need to book in advance.

For eating elsewhere there are other restaurants within 5km – head into San Casciano dei Bagni for a choice of places. Daniela, Fonteverde, La Fontanella, and Relais La Crocetta all come recommended. You’ll also find grocery shops here for stocking up on supplies and then self-catering back in your house – all have full kitchens bar the Parretti apartments. The closest supermarket is in Palazzone, 2kms from Fighine.

Kids

All ages are welcome at Castello di Fighine, and the houses are substantial in size, so they'll work well for families. But there is a sophisticated vibe to Fighine, with lots of antiques in the houses. Villa Melissa (4 bedrooms) or Casa Janine (3 bedrooms) would be ideal choices for families with kids, as they have private swimming pools.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Most of the three- and four-bedroom houses (not Teatro) have at least one twin room and some outside space - Janine and Melissa have the biggest gardens (with pools). Casa Rossa has two double bedrooms so is fine for one child, or two if they don't mind sharing a bed.

Families Should Know:

There are lots of antiques, and the fireplaces are open, so if using them keep an eye on younger ones.

Distances:

  • Airport: 90-minute drive
  • Hospital: 40-minute drive
  • Supermarket: 5-minute drive
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Location

Castello di Fighine sits on a hilltop in southern Tuscany, near the spa village of San Casciano dei Bagni (8km) and the border with Umbria. Florence and Rome are both 1.5 hours away by train.

By Air
Fly into Perugia (73km), Florence (161km), Rome Ciampino (164km) or Rome Fiumicino (182km).

From the airport:
Airport transfers from Rome and Florence are available, but we'd recommend hiring a car for reaching the property and exploring the area - see our car rental recommendations. The nearest railway station is in Chiusi, 22km from Castello di Fighine.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Perugia 73.0 km PEG
  • Florence 161.0 km FLR

Other:

  • Beach 151.0 km
  • Shops 3.0 km
  • Restaurant 5.0 km

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