Castello is a tiny hamlet located in the province of Massa and Carrara in Tuscany
region of Italy
. It is named after the two main towns in its territory: Carrara and Massa, its capital. Castello is located between Florence
and less than an hour from either. With the proximity to theses major centers make Castello a great base. It offers select accommodations and lodging ranging from spacious vacation rentals and villa rentals to more charming condo rentals and apartment rentals.
Castello is perched among vine and olive groves above the village of Valdottavo and the Serchio valley. With medieval origins
, the 20 or so villas have looked just as they do today for around 250 years, and most have been home for generations of Italian families. There is no shop or bar, and it is a haven of peace and tranquility.
A narrow road – with some interesting bends - winds up the couple of miles to Castello. There are bars and shops in Valdottavo and by strolling just 20 minutes down the ancient and pretty mule path, a reminder of the days - still remembered by older residents - when it was the only way of reaching Castello. The accommodation, vacation rental, apartment rental, condo rental and villa rental choices might be limited but no less full of character.
The Malaspina Castle in Massa, 70km south of Castello, represents one of the most important complexes in Tuscany
and it can be considered an open air museum. It has been transformed during the centuries: from a keep, a high fortified tower of the XI century, it changed in Renaissance becoming a residence with new defensive. In the second half of XVII century its main function is military. The whole complex has been recently reopened to the public
after many years of refurbishing. Stay in any of Massa’s beautiful accommodations, vacation rentals, apartment rentals and villa rentals.
The province of Massa-Carrara is situated on the border with Liguria and Emilia Romagna and is characterized by an extensive coastal area
rich in tourist accommodation and lodging that range from smaller condo rental and apartment rental to more spacious vacation rental and villa rental choices. The town is a short distance from the sea; the Apuane Alps are a paradise for nature lovers and excursionists, both in summer and in winter, offering the possibility to stay in comfortable mountain huts.