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“A visit to enlightening the spirit and please the senses”
Review of Castello di Brolio

Castello di Brolio
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Small-Group Chianti Wine-Tasting and Castles Trip from Siena
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Owner description: Since 1141, the Ricasoli family has been making wines from the vineyards surrounding their estate, Brolio Castle, making it the world's oldest winemaking operation under continuous family control.
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Visiting the Castle is a travelling in time and in the history of the region. Coming to more recent years we can learn about the role of the Ricasoli family in the Risorgimento, the social movement that leads the foundation of Italy as an unified country under one flag and one government. Leaving the history behind we can visit the winery and reward the senses with wonderful Chianti wines. Finally, visit the restaurant and enjoy a typical meal.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was a last minute suggestion by our hotel reception and we were so surprised. The castle sits on top a hill, there's two car parks which we didn't realise so we parked at the first one near a restaurant and had to walk up. Directly out the front of the castle gate is a small building where you can buy entry tickets, I think it was EUR5 just to enter the grounds and EUR8 for the museum tour. I highly recommend the little bit extra to do the museum. When you buy the ticket they let you know that the castle is actually still a private residence so there is no entry allowed, the museum tour takes you through what was an apartment and that the Baron Ricasole had prepared for the kings visit. Apparently they fought when he arrived and so the king never stayed so the bed that was custom made for the king is still there having never been slept in.
The lady that led the tour was fantastic, she was German with perfect English and an obvious passion for this part of history. Ricasole was an incredible man, you can see the first newspaper which he wrote along with vine leaves and soil that he collected hundreds of years ago. There is also the family's private collection of armory.
I highly recommend a visit, however be aware you can only access the apartment, chapel and grounds but none of the castle. Like with most of Italy there are stairs and no wheelchair access.
It was also quite fun to go back to the main road where the cellar door is to try a wine that's still made using the same method as Baron Ricasole used.

3  Thank RebeccaG83
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Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

The family Ricasoli is very old but the most famous one was called the 'iron baron',prime minister of Italy he was one of the brains to make Italy one.the first newspaper was his idea to help this unit.they have a museum very interesting though small.we had a hostess,Camelia,who explained in such a good way with so many details...we can see the castle façade(go to the photos)with big holes:they were bombed during the 2nd World War.do not miss this attraction.We've bought some wines and had lunch.we understood the restaurant doesn't belong to the castle itself.but it is also good,at least the à la carte.reservation is a must.the restaurant was empty.the couple who did the castle's tour &wine degustation with us didn't have reservation and the manager said it was impossible to come in.they went out with the wrong idea he was not nice.5 minutes after they've left 2 buses arrived with dozens of tourist:not a single plce left behind!

1  Thank acarajapa
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We booked a tour at the last minute and we are very glad we did. It was a must see while visiting the Chianti region.

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Interesting caste with nice vews of Tuscany. There is an entrance of 5 euros to visit garden and 9 if you want to see the inside which was closed when we were there.

1  Thank Aicnerolf
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