At a glance

  • You'll love

    Gorgeous scenery

    Ristorante Tosca

    Acres of space

  • Kids will love

    Pizza-making classes

    Croquet and cricket

    The outdoor pool

  • Don’t expect

    Low prices

    Kids club or crèche

    Cutting-edge design


At Castello di Casole hotel and wine estate in Tuscany, families can yomp around the green and gold Tuscan countryside, dabble in dough making at the sweet little pizzeria, play croquet or unwind in the former wine cellar, now a dramatic spa: all barrel-vaulted ceilings, restored stone walls and verdant valley views. Expect to be independent: there’s no crèche or kids club.


Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Castello di Casole with us:

A bottle of the estate's red wine, a gelato tasting session for the kids and a free extra bed in your room


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Castello di Casole – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


39 suites and penthouses, 28 villas and farmhouses, varying in style and size but all with plenty of room for a cot and/or extra bed.


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $393.38 (€317), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

A generous Continental breakfast is usually included. WiFi is free, as is valet parking. Children Extra beds (€150 a night for under-13s), and cribs (free) can be added to suites.


Two suites have been specially modified for wheelchair users.

At the hotel

Grounds spanning 4,200 acres (including a game reserve), swimming pool, croquet lawn, walking and cycling trails, spa, fitness centre, restaurant, pizzeria, cinema, games room.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, black-out blinds, bathrobes and slippers, and the hotel’s own fragrant bath products. Oliveto suites include Nespresso coffee makers.


Our favourite rooms

If you’d like a private garden for you and your brood to potter around in, book a spacious Oliveto suite or one of the Limonaia suites (in the converted lemon barn), which – in addition to the outside space – have cosy living rooms and a split-level layout: the lounge upstairs; the bedroom downstairs. Casa del Prete 4 and Casa del Prete 5 interconnect, so you can stay close together without sacrificing privacy (this might also be a good option if you’ve got privacy-seeking teenagers in tow). If money is no object, plump for the Bargagli Penthouse, which comfortably sleeps six and has a private patio, farmhouse antiques, rich fabrics and Carrara marble bathrooms. All suites are styled with a luxurious take on Tuscan rusticity: rich traditional colours (ochre, gold, olive and terracotta), heavy antique furniture in polished wood, four-poster beds with wrought-iron frames and original stone floors.


The heated infinity pool is set in the gardens, overlooking the Tuscan fields. A lifeguard supervises bathers from 8am until 8pm during high season. You can borrow floats and inflatable toys from the hotel. The pool is 1.4m at its deepest point; 70cm at its most shallow and is accessed by four steps.


The former wine cellar now houses the quiet but dramatic Essere Spa, where guests have seven treatment rooms, separate areas for men and women, with steam rooms and Roman-bath-inspired plunge pools, and private gardens at their disposal. Choose from treatments such as the Mediterranean aromatherapy ritual, featuring orange and basil oils, or the rejuvenating hydrating treatment (a great cure for tired, jetlagged faces). The spa also has an outdoor east-facing garden terrace for morning yoga sessions and Pilates, a private outdoor garden for relaxing in the fresh air, and a dainty boutique displaying local products.


Arrange a beginner's Italian lesson or tromp around the game preserve on a guided tour.

Book ahead

Book babysitting (€15 an hour) two days ahead. Sort out pizza-making classes and spa treatments when you check in.



Small dogs can stay too, for €150 a night. Bring everything you need; nothing is provided.

Food and drink

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Breakfast and dinner are served at red-brick Ristorante Tosca, decorated with warm terracotta hues, custom Murano glass chandeliers and stained-glass-inspired paintings of the surrounding valleys. The menu has an ambitious streak: expect to see Parmesan mousse, truffle sauce, duck liver ‘Nutella’ and finely tuned homemade pastas, fish and game dishes, such as sea bass with artichokes and quail and saffron risotto. Little Smiths will love cosy and laid-back Pazzia, which seats around 30, has exposed brick walls, flagstone floors, simple wooden furniture and a Carrara marble counter where cold cuts, cheeses and gem-coloured gelato are displayed. Choose from rustic local pastas and classic Italian pizzas, and save room for gelato. There’s also an espresso bar and a wood-burning oven: pizza-making classes for guests are held here.   

Family fare

It’s very relaxed here, so guests are encouraged to ask staff for whatever they need. Staff will happily heat up milk, provide packed lunches or ask the chef to adapt dishes to meet particular dietary requirements. Highchairs can be provided; kids are welcome in Ristorante Tosca and there’s a children’s menu (expect dishes such as penne al pomodoro and veal Milanese-style with chips). Pazzia Pizzeria is cosy and informal – perfect for Smith Junior.  

Hotel Bar

Children are welcome at all times in Bar Visconti, which has a handsome monochrome chequered floor and leather banquettes. Walls are decorated with Tuscan frescoes and hung with black and white stills from Visconti’s films. Sip a Visconti, a bellini made with home-grown white peaches (in season), or share a bottle of the zingy local white. There are highchairs to borrow and guests can request healthy snacks (salads or pasta with vegetables and the ilk) or ask for baby milk to be heated. There’s also a bar menu of burgers, salads and sandwiches. Seats are set out on the spacious pool-and-valley-view terrace and in the courtyard’s covered loggia.  

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 11am at Ristorante Tosca; dinner is plated up between 7pm and 11pm. You can grab a coffee and a pastry at Pazzia Pizzeria, which is open during the day for light lunches (panini and pizza) and late-afternoon snacks.  

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Pazzia Pizzeria is best for relaxed family meals. On a warm day, enjoy a pizza in the courtyard. Ristorante Tosca welcomes children at breakfast, but feels more grown-up at night.

  • Room service

    The 24-hour room service includes salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Minibars are stocked with soft drinks and snacks. If you want any particular groceries left in your room (healthier alternatives to what’s already there, or a particular local wine), just speak to staff in advance.  


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Castello di Casole – has been selected and approved by parents.


Babysitting is available from €15 an hour (€21 for two children) and must be booked two days ahead.


The hotel provides free baby monitors.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Baby monitors

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Baby monitors * Floats and toys

For older children

• Bikes to borrow • Bike helmets • Board games • Craft materials • Croquet equipment • Cricket equipment


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Things to do

There’s a gorgeous outdoor pool and spacious luxury spa, the wine estate and sprawling grounds to explore, plus the Tuscan towns, vineyards and fields on your doorstep.  

Hotel activities

Castello organises pizza-making lessons (€20 a child, suitable for four-year-olds and above), art classes (from €95 an hour with a private instructor; suitable for four-year-olds and above) and gelato tastings (€10 a child, suitable for tots aged two and above). There’s a croquet lawn behind Ristorante Tosca, cricket equipment and walking trails. For winter months or lazy moments, there’s a small screening room and games room (unsupervised), plus a stash of board games and bikes to borrow. Staff will organise treasure hunts, kids’ yoga, storytelling in the gardens, arts and crafts sessions and drama classes, if you’re interested – just speak to the concierge. The hotel can arrange private viewings with the gamekeeper, so children can spy on the wild boar, pheasant and hare that live on the estate. 

Local Guide

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Smith tip

La Rocca is a romantic 14th-century fortress that overlooks the mediaeval town of San Gimignano and offers a tranquil escape from the hustle of the streets below. There are sweeping views over the countryside, a wine museum and bar.

Don't miss…

San Gimignano, a walled mediaeval town perched upon a hilltop, with 14 of its original 72 towers still standing. The town is easy to walk around and brimming with museums, art galleries, restaurants and well-preserved churches (

The countryside surrounding Castello di Casole is a vintner's and farmer's idyll dotted with Tuscan Renaissance gems, including Siena and San Gimignano.

Abbadia Golf Club
is a six-hole course at Via della Badia, just 20 minutes from the hotel, has a driving range and putting and pitching greens. There’s also a bar, restaurant, changing rooms and equipment for hire (+39 056 492 212). 

With 150 years of history on display, Museo Civico di Rovereto (+39 0464 439 487) is split into seven sections; archaeology, section of art history, astronomy, botany, zoology, numismatics and earth sciences. There is a cinematic museum, as well as temporary exhibitions. Guided tours are available. Science and maths are brought to life in the LEGO Education Innovation Studio. Entry to the museum is free for under-6s, and reduced for 6–18-year-olds. 

If you’re looking to be haunted by history, then Il Museo Delle Torture's spine-tingling collection of more than 100 torture instruments ought to do the trick. Although several pieces date back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, some of the more sophisticated items are still in use today. With grisly items like a head crusher and knee-screws on display, this exhibition is probably not suitable for young children. The museum is at Porta San Giovanni in Piazza Cisterna, San Gimignano (+39 0577 940 526). 

Shaped like an elongated pear, the quiet and traditional town of Casole d’Elsa was once an Estruscan settlement. It is filled with history; the church of San Niccolo, thought to be of Romanesque origin, dates back to the early 14th century. The world famous Verrocchio Art Centre is also located here. It offers sculpture courses, fine art courses and studio space. For guided tours of the summer night sky, there is the Astronomical Association.

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Castello di Casole
Localita' Querceto, Casole d'Elsa, Siena, 53031
Hotel setting

Hills, valleys and vineyards

Getting There

The hotel is set on a rolling 4,200-acre estate in the hilltop town of Casole d’Elsa in scenic Siena – the heart of Tuscany. You can reach Florence and San Gimignano in about an hour by car.


The closest airport is Florence, 50km away – just under an hour’s drive.


Poggibonsi station is 20km from the hotel (a 20-minute drive). It takes just over an hour to get here by train from Florence; half an hour from Siena (


From Florence, take the SR2 in the direction of Siena, then the SP541 towards Grosseto and follow signs for Casole d'Elsa. Approaching the hotel is an experience in itself: a long winding road, flanked with Cyprus trees, that leads to the main courtyard (where tired drivers can take advantage of free valet parking).


There’s a helipad in Siena (a half-hour drive from the hotel).


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Castello di Casole – has been selected and approved by parents.

Fancy staying at a family-friendly Tuscan wine estate where you can learn to make pizza, perfect your croquet and cricket skills and, once you’ve put the kids to bed, relax over dinner and a glass of Italian red? Step forward Castello di Casole, a bucolic estate which once belonged to the acclaimed film director, Luchino Visconti. Back in the 1960s, Castello di Casole was the backdrop for Visconti’s fabulous parties, graced by the likes of Sophia Loren. These days, everyone can play the film star here. There’s plenty to make you feel famous: a heated infinity pool (supervised by a hawk-eyed lifeguard throughout high season), gorgeous grounds and two restaurants: a friendly pizzeria and a more formal space, serving Tuscan classics in an elegant terracotta-hued room.

This hotel is utterly relaxed from top to toe – don’t expect a kids club, crèche or array of organised activities. Do expect spacious suites designed with families in mind, plenty of countryside to play in, an array of organised activities including art classes, storytelling in the gardens and treasure hunts. And, for frazzled parents, there’s the former wine cellar, which now houses a quiet but dramatic spa.


Smith & Family

‘We felt spoiled by Castello di Casole’s views over its 4,200-acre private estate alone. Perched majestically on top of a Tuscan hill, surrounded with spectacular countryside, the hotel is not only beautifully and sympathetically renovated and luxuriously appointed at every turn, but this family-friendly escape is also wonderfully homey. But there is much more to entice you to this former Etruscan castle, whatever your ages. Don’t even get us started on those big, big beds…

On the first night, our kids crafted their own dinners at Pazzia Pizzeria, under the careful and attentive eye of a professional Italian pizza chef. It was really special – and, frankly, it tastes only like dough with tomato and cheese made with your own hands in such a fairytale Italian setting can. It was great fun for the four of us: the kids were totally immersed the food, and we all savoured quality time as a family. On our next night we ate at Ristorante Tosca, the second stunning restaurant. After gorging on a fabulous array of wines, Mr Smith and I agreed that a few laps of the infinity pool were needed in the morning. Not that it felt much like penance.

Genuinely passionate staff helped confirmed that Castello di Casole ticks every Smith & Family box. And what ensured that it was such a winner for this Mr and Mrs Smith? The welcoming attitude towards children, which never waned.’


Anonymously reviewed by Tamara Heber-Percy, Smith Hotels

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