The history of Borgo di Castelvecchio is lost in the mists of time. In the middle of the Orcia valley, a stone's throw from Radicofani, Pienza and Montepulciano, the Perignano castle, towering over and protecting the hamlet, was an essential lookout post during the battles between the Guelfi, Ghibellini, Florence and Perugia. In the past the estate was owned by some of the most influential medieval families of the Tuscan region, the Burbon Del Monte and later the Morelli family. Today the hamlet and the annexing territories, proudly run by the De Angelis Gaetani d'Aragona family, are still very much the same as they once were. Their extension can be admired in the antique topographic map that to this day hangs at the top of the villa's stairs.
The Castelvecchio estate also includes a 700 meter long, private airstrip called SI 06, exclusively reserved for its guests.
Landing is permitted only after booking and upon your arrival you will be greeted by a chaperon who will escort you to the hamlet where you will find rooms for overnight stay and excellent replenishment services.
We offer a car hire on request.
Landing Strip Longitude E 11 73 511 – Latitude N 43 00 9307
Elipad Longitude E 11 72 9321 – Latitude N 42 98 8529
Castelvecchio's history is intertwined with those of the castles and fortresses that overlook the valley of the Orcia river, the historical land of perpetual Sienese battles. The past, rich of struggles and adventure, can still be felt within the thick, strong walls that were raised for fortification during long periods of unrest: From the Etruscans of the Iron Age, to the Germanic invasions by the Lombards, and all the way through to the Middle Ages and the French domination.
The first official historical documentation of the estate dates back to 1279 with the death of Napoleon Visconti who is said to have died within the walls of Castelvecchio castle. However, the origins can be dated back at least to 1064 when Castelvecchio was first mentioned by historical texts as being in a strategic position along the Via Franchigia. At that time it was reported that the inhabitants of Castelvecchio had joined forces with those of Borgo del Formone in the attempt to protect the land, both against the overflow of the Fermone and Orcia rivers as well as against the attacks of outlaws.
During the Medieval period Borgo di Castelvecchio was at times a spectator and at times a participant of the ongoing battles between different feudal lords governing the Republic of Siena, Orvieto and Florence. Castelvecchio was owned by the powerful medieval family of the Visconti from 1279 to 1339 and from 1369 to 1429 by the Salimbeni family, who were known to have switched loyalty between the two opposing factions, the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, in a game of changing alliances. In the XVII century 4 farms belonging to the Castelvecchio estate were acquired by the Bandinelli family who were the Lords of Siena and owners of Montalcino, Castiglion del Bosco, Abbadia Ardegna e Campiglia. The Burbon del Monte Marquises were in possession of the estate until it was gifted as dowry of the young Antonietta who had been wedded to Count Aleberto Morelli Ademari in 1900.
In1959 the whole property was acquired by the De Angelis family. Today it belongs to the De Angelis Gaetani d'Aragona. In the same territory another important castle dominated the Orcia Vally. The Perignano Castle, who's ancient front gates still protect the entrance of the Villa, was destroyed in the last violent conflict against the Sienese in 1456.
Perignano red wine D.O.C Orcia
Dry, ruby red with amber reflections, accents of vanilla and spice, a well structure wine, round warm body and velvet finish.
Blend: 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet
Produced by Castelvecchio Agricultural Company, it is sold in packs of 3,6 or12 bottles.
Castelvecchio Extravirgin Olive Oil
The olives are hand picked with care and the oil is mechanically extracted by the traditional technique of cold pressing in the neighbouring mill that serves the surrounding territories.
Our multi-flower honey is produced thanks to the hard work of the bees that collect nectar from around the Val d'Orcia National Park.
The following products may be acquired at the reception of the Borgo:
Perignano Red ORCIA D.O.C wine
Sold in bottles of 0.75L in packs of 3,6, or 12.
Castelvecchio Extravirgin Olive Oil
Sold in bottles of 0.75L or in aluminium decanters of 3 or 5 L.
Sold in 500gr glass jars.