A slice of Tuscan paradise – Castel Monastero

July 16, 2012

The Tuscan vineyards surrounding Castel Monastero

TUSCANY can be likened to a fine wine, with time it just gets better.

And this triangular section of Italy has certainly taken its time.

From the first major civilization, the ancient Etruscans to assimilation with the Romans through to becoming the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany secured its place in world history as an epicenter of innovation, culture and art.

It’s a legacy that lures millions of visitors every year and the list of cultural hubs is daunting.

Castel Monastero, detail of the entrance

From the regional capital and renaissance center Florence, to Siena, Pisa and the other “cities of art”, known in Italian as città di arte, the list of cultural attractions is long.

Gourmets and wine buffs will find themselves in their element savoring the simple yet awe-inspiring food while accompanying their dish with vintages from what is recognized as one of the finest wine-producing regions in the world.

No less inspiring is the beautiful countryside and for those looking for a destination that combines all the elements of the best of Tuscany there is a place nestled among Chianti vineyards, just 20 kilometers from Siena that encapsulates Tuscany in one package.

As the saying goes a picture speaks a thousand words, so we’ll keep the text short and let the images do the talking as we take you inside Castel Monastero (be sure to click on the images for a larger view).

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