Monastero del Castello represents an extraordinary real estate opportunity, one of the few of its kind which still exist in the world.
The property dates back to the early 1500s and is on the top of a prominent hill in the historic village of Buggiano Castello, located in the province of Pistoia within Tuscany.
Built after the Church which is adjacent to it, and which dates back to approximately 1000 AD, Monastero del Castello is a place full of history and charm, and also benefits from a number of truly exceptional logistical and climatic characteristics.
Thanks to the ownership, great care has been taken over the years in its perfect preservation, the property retains its original beauty and can be easily converted into a hotel, private residence or luxury condominiums.
Monastero del Castello is located in Buggiano Castello, a small village of ancient origins, and a jewel of Italian architectural heritage.
While it is a few kilometres from Montecatini Terme and only fifty kilometres from Florence, Monastero del Castello has preserved its original appearance: a cluster of medieval stone buildings dating back to the eleventh century surrounded by narrow streets which protect the edifice from traffic and noise.
Thanks to its dominant position on the top of a hill, the property offers a breathtaking panorama of Valdinievole and right from Monastero del Castello you can enjoy an amazing view of the surrounding hills. The positive feelings that one experiences are many, especially great serenity: this is an ideal place for a resort or a residence dedicated to relaxation, regeneration, training or reflection.
Over the years, Monastero del Castello in Buggiano Castello has been the object of careful maintenance work and consolidation. The renovation work that has been carried out recently, has been to update and prepare the property for future use.
The Superintendent of Cultural and Artistic Heritage's directives have focused primarily on the property's exterior, which the ownership has strived to preserve the original beauty and uniqueness as much as possible, as these qualities are essential to the continued integration of the property in the general context of the village. For the interior, however, projects were undertaken primarily to optimize the available space, in order to obtain flexible environments depending on the needs of the future buyer.
Currently, the planned structure is subdivided into 19 apartments/suites of various sizes, which are available for finishing , furnishing and lighting projects. The current ownership has also already completed the construction of a large parking lot reserved for guests of the Monastero.
Monastero del Castello also includes a large area consisting of green terraced gardens. Here, the reconstruction and irrigation work has allowed us to create a wide open green area, which is in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment and adaptable to different uses.
Taking advantage of the terraces you can create spaces on multiple levels, which can be used in different ways (for decorative gardens, pergolas, orchards, etc.) and can be furnished and used for outdoor events. Careful design of the irrigation system also makes it possible to install pools and fountains.
The area in what was once the Church and annexed to the Monastero, has been converted into a particularly spectacular space. As in a theatre, the ancient walls form the backdrop to an environment that, depending on your needs, can be used as a meeting and conference room, a wide open living space or a SPA by creating a highly suggestive path of multi-level pools and thermal baths (e.g., tepidarium, calidarium, bio sauna, thalassotherapy).
The large room, built from where the Church once was, can be seen from the upper gallery, and with great care and effort the restorers have brought back the its old-time charm, which now may also become another entrance to the structure. Adjacent to the Church is another large area which can be used for commercial activities such as a café, bar or any other culinary activity and service intended for clients/residents. This space, which is surrounded by walls and original vaults, can be otherwise transformed into a living area, gym, etc.
The restoration and renovation carried out have preserved the original beauty and uniqueness of the Monastero, which perfectly matches the atmosphere of the historic village of Buggiano Castello. One gets a feeling of great serenity and harmony, aided by the beautiful scenery and lack of traffic, making the property ideal for a resort or a prestigious residential complex and where you can experience a rejuvenating yet relaxing stay.
In this context water plays a fundamental role, in particular that of a local natural spring called Bonacura, to which healing and energizing properties have been attributed in the past Do not forget that Buggiano Castello is only 5 km from Montecatini Terme, a famous thermal spa particularly appreciated by foreign tourists.
Another special feature makes Buggiano Castello an ideal destination: its micro climate. The historic village benefits from a favourable and mild climate throughout the year: this allows the growth of citrus fruits to flourish, which has not only earned the area the title of "Citrus Village", but permits the cultivation of horticultural gardens, representing an amazing historical and botanical patrimony. Right here, every two years in May, an exhibition is organized by the Italian Environmental Fund (FAI) during which the public can visit private gardens, which thanks to the micro climate, are particularly rich and lush.
So near and yet so secluded and protected: this is another great advantage of Monastero del Castello. It's easy to get there: take the Montecatini Terme exit or the Chiesina Uzzanese exit off the A11 motorway and continue on the Romana county road, which climbs the hill surrounded by olive groves.
You can start out every day from Buggiano Castello to discover the many places of interest that dot the surrounding area, perhaps by bicycle, or by walking along one of the many hiking trails that lead to medieval castles and villages. Otherwise, you can reach the best-known destinations and art cities of Tuscany: Montecatini is only 5 km away, Pistoia 20 km, Lucca 30 km, Florence 55 km, and Pisa 50 km. In half an hour's drive you can reach the beaches of Versilia and lively Viareggio or the exclusive locale Forte dei Marmi.
The international airport of Pisa is just 34 km away, while Florence's is 39 km away. In the heart of the Valdinievole, Buggiano Castello can count on a very strategic location, making it easily accessible and an ideal point of reference for those who love the authentic Tuscany.