Relais Laticastelli, Hotel in Toscana
Laticastelli is a hotel in toscana, a quiet and comfortable relais near Rapolano terme and minutes away from SienaTraditions and history meet at Laticastelli, a secluded yet easily reachable location just south of Siena, near Rapolano Terme.
Laticastelli is a charming and refined Hotel in Toscana, a relais featuring a picturesque and panoramic view of the surroundings, a large outdoor swimming pool for the summer months, and wide open spaces for those seeking the pleasure of physical activities in contact with nature.
The vicinity to Siena and Rapolano Terme makes Laticastelli a one stop holiday location: Rapolano Terme for wellness and thermal spa treatments, Siena and Florence for culture, nightlife, shopping, wine and gastronomical tours typical of Tuscany.
Today Laticastelli is a living piece of history, a witness to centuries of wars and famine, prosperity and riches which have come and gone in an ever ongoing circle of life.
The history of Laticastelli is one dating back to the ancient romans: This location was handed down from travels which first took place under the ruling of the roman empire, when legions crossed Italy during the many campaigns to dominate the world. In those days Rapolano Terme was a stop over thanks to the thermal spas well known in those days.
Over the centuries the area was always very much considered and became a focal point of Siena's line of defense from the south. The war between Siena and Florence and consequent capitulation of Siena eventually brought the city to it's knees and was severely punished by Florence which proceeded in a systematic and complete depletion of Siena's defenses. The fortress Laticastelli, built to defend Siena from the south, was completely destroyed.
Only much later was the location taken over by new settlers, perhaps of Sicilian origins, who were expert farmers and transformed the ruins of the ancient fortress into a small but well organized hamlet which thrived on numerous cultivations and livestock. Laticastelli became a successful and prosperous estate covering thousands of hectares of land, with it's own local government.
Prosperity and fortune left Laticastelli once again when owners began selling their lands and left, never to make return. It was the beginning of another economical downturn which decreed the end of Laticastelli.
After a lengthy and careful restoration, Laticastelli is now the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in Tuscany in the Crete Senesi, just minutes away from the thermal spa, a very short drive from Siena and a comfortable drive from Florence.
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53040 Rapolano Terme, Siena
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