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Castle dell'Aquila

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Castle dell'Aquila

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ChangeGuru wrote a review Jul 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa128 contributions72 helpful votes
In the middle of nowhere (well, the village of Gragnola in the Fivizzano district of Italy) perched high atop an incredible hill surrounded by dense natural forest sits an incredible fortress type restored castle. What a find! An absolute gem. Treat it like your home, says Andrea Facchinato, the resident custodial manager. Your home? As if owning a castle feels normal... It’s a delight... 9 bedrooms with en suite facilities complete this property along with battlements, rooftop hideaways, it’s own church, halls and lounges. The food? Local produce, magnificently served. It’s the kind of place a Hollywood celebrity would rent out in its entirety and have a few friends over. Without the Hollywood pricing! The rooms, peak season, are no more expensive than an average London hotel. The food isn’t cheap, but is sensational and therefore considering it’s quality, the setting and the service... it’s absolutely priced fairly and appropriately. We loved it. There’s a 14th century buried Knight, inscriptions on the walls and a castle tour which is absorbing... It felt like, dare I say it...we owned a castle... We stayed one night, on a scheduled travel trip around the region, and should have stayed a week. It’s that good. Best tip? Pack very light. You don’t want to drag your heavy case to the top of your private turret. Yes: you read that right.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Motorninja wrote a review Jul 2018
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands43 contributions2 helpful votes
We went for a show with eagles, owls etc... Got a tour of the castle and they organized a small food tasting with regional cheeses and meat... And wine of course. It was lovely and the castle tour guide knew his castle's history perfectly. We will be sure to return again, also for the great overall view on the roof of the castle!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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CZProf wrote a review Mar 2018
Eugene, Oregon13 contributions2 helpful votes
A hard place to find with a bumpy unpaved road up to the castle - you wouldn't want it any other way. My wife and I spent three nights there (not enough) and it was, without a doubt, our favorite accommodation in all of Italy. Drop dead beautiful location an hour from the Cinque Terre; haunting, medieval history of slain knights and royalty; gracious attention to detail and guests' needs, and artfully prepared local cuisine by Andrea. We would return in a heartbeat.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Kiran H wrote a review Sep 2017
London, United Kingdom71 contributions38 helpful votes
Its worth a visit and doesnot require too much time unless on art or photography activity holiday.There is one small restaurant which serves for a light lunch and drinks and coffee etc
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Date of experience: August 2017
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SilviaSx wrote a review Oct 2016
Barcelona, Spain70 contributions21 helpful votes
Thanks Gabriela for a fanstastic tour! The castle is absolutely beautiful and full of history, it is renovated but the essence remains.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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