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RICASOLI RESIDENCE SINCE 1141
GARDEN HOURSOn Tuesday, April 4th
open from 10:00am to 5:00pm (ticket office open until 4:00)
From March 27th to October 8th
open from 10:00am to 7:00pm (ticket office open until 6:00)
From March 18th to October 8th
Open from: 10:30 am - 12:30am; 2:30pm - 5.00pm
Open every day except Mondays.
The first stones of Brolio Castle date back to the middle ages. The castle passed into the hands of the Ricasoli family thanks to an exchange of lands in 1141. Brolio, on the border between the territories of Siena and Florence, soon became the stage for all the disputes of the period, representing the Florentine bulwark against the fearsome Siena. Through the centuries the castle has suffered attack and destruction in numerous historical battles, from Aragonese and Spanish attacks during the fifteenth century, to disputes in the seventeenth century right through to bombings and artillery attacks during the Second World War.
The castle has been rebuilt and modified several times and today it bears the marks of the different eras: from the fortified medieval bastions to the Romanesque and neo-Gothic additions and the unique nineteenth century Tuscan details.
The castle is surrounded by 230 hectares of vineyards, forming part of the farm's lands, making it the largest in the Chianti Classico area: 1,200 hectares in the communes of Gaiole and Castelnuovo Berardenga - valleys, hills, woods of oak and chestnut trees, 26 hectares of olive groves, all enjoying the beauty and the wide variety of soils and climate in this central Chianti area.