can be reached driving on the SS408, that cross the whole Chianti area
toward Siena, following the indications.
A Selection of Self Catering Vacation Rentals near
Florence or near Siena
The mighty keep.
The Castle of Tornano stands crowning a hill in the heart of the Chianti
area, equipped with one of the most beautiful and particular Keep between
all those of the medieval castles of Tuscany. In the first years of the
11th century Tornano was seat of a curtis and its name appears
many times, in the documents conserved in the near Abbey of Coltibuono,
as place where were stipulated many contracts . The castle was ownership
of the senese nobleman Guarnellotto dei Mezzolombardi. He came in contrasts
with the emperor Frederick I and in 1167 Tornano was gave in fief to Ranieri
de' Firidolfi Ricasoli but Guarnellotto, supported by Siena, maintained
the control of this castle and of the nearby castle of Campi.
A landscape of the Chianti viewed from the
Only when the castle became part of the Florentine peasantry was subtracted
to the control of Guarnellotto, but Siena never renounced to Tornano that,
thanks to its position on a hill at control of the Massellone torrent,
was one of the most important strongholds on the chessboards of the Chianti
region. In the 1229, after a long siege, the Sienese army conquered the
castle to loss it definitively only six years after. In 1400 Tornano was
strongly fortified by the Ricasoli and during the Aragonese invasions
it was never overcome by the enemy troops. There was nothing to do in
the 1530 when imperial troops shaved it partially to the ground.
Today the great part of walls and other buildings are disappeared but
the keep, in stone with its particular trapezoidal shape, still dominate
the hill of Tornano. All the complex was recently restored and now is
the seat of a agrituristical estate of first level.