The Castello di Lamole rises in a picturesque Tuscan village of medieval origin, immersed in the landscape of the Chianti hills and vineyards. Today the castle welcomes guests in the restored buildings of the village, furnished in full respect of tradition and history of the structures.
Castello di Lamole History
Located at six hundred meters above sea level, dominating the Chianti hills, covered by expanses of noble vineyards, centuries-old olive groves, chestnut and oak woods, the building complex of the Castello di Lamole was part of the defensive network on the border between the territories of Florence and of Siena, as well as for many other buildings of this type.
Its historical origins have been lost among the obscure events of the 10th and 12th centuries that led to the medieval phenomenon of the "fortification" of the rural buildings. The village has an elliptical shape of about 600 m in circumference and most of the original walls of the castle were for a long time an integral part of the houses. However, the ancient walls are still visible on the north western side. The village is crossed in length by two narrow streets that connect three tiny squares.
In 1250, the castle of Lamole became the seat of the town of Lamole and part of the Val di Greve alliance, heir to the ancient Chianti alliance, responsible for Florence for the control and defense of the Chianti region. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the castle of Lamole, together with the castle of Panzano, was probably one of the most important military centers in the territory. The two castles were similar in terms of fortified structure distributed around a series of important buildings, examples of the typical medieval architectural development of buildings with towers and the main entrance to the castle. The main portal of the castle of Lamole, similar to that of the castle of Panzano in terms of size and type of stone used, was found inside one of the castle buildings and is awaiting renovation.
A Florentine document dated 23 August 1478 reports that during the advance of the Aragonese troops against the Sienese, the castle of Lamole was besieged and burned. It was rebuilt after Florence won the battle against Siena and once again became a link in the Florentine control chain of the territory, carrying on its administrative role throughout the sixteenth century under the rule of the Medici. As its military importance faded with the final submission of Siena, the castle saw its towers and their "luxurious houses" transformed into country residences, which took on their current appearance. New buildings were built over the medieval structures. The ruins of the defensive walls, demolished during the wars, were demolished and the related stones were used for other buildings. The steep terrain around the castle was terraced for vineyards, olive trees and the cultivation of iris. Chestnut woods with construction timber and walnuts became a major economic resource for the inhabitants.
After the Second World War, there was a major movement of the Italian population from the countryside to the cities, and many rural houses and country residences were abandoned. This happened throughout the Chianti area, including the area around Lamole. In the '70s, the main part of the castle of Lamole was purchased by Vincenzo Marasco, an engineer, who began to restructure it. Many interesting features were discovered during the renovation, including a medieval window with a seat inside and the main portal.
The tourist company was created for the work of the Marasco family, who, driven by the desire to share with others the peace and beauty of their country residence, have decided to restore the medieval rooms of the castle - in reality it is a Fortified village - to offer guests a stay made of art, history, nature and culture.
Exclusive apartments have been created in the castle and in the ancient houses of the village: equipped with all modern comforts, they feature antique furniture, local antiques and arte povera, exposed stone walls, wooden beams, characteristic fireplaces or wood stoves and a practical kitchenette.
For those who want to taste the typical cuisine of Tuscany, five hundred meters from the farm is the restaurant of Lamole, which offers local dishes and wines, while at the store you can buy products such as wine, oil, honey. We organize trekking excursions on foot or by mountain bike with specialized guides on the historical and naturalistic aspects of the area.