Villa Chiesina bedroom
Interview by Welcome Beyond:
What is the history of Castello Di Vicarello?
Aurora: “When we bought the castello in the late seventies it was an absolute ruin. We came here permanently in ’98 and opened in 2003. Before, we lived in Indonesia. When we came back to Italy, we lived in Milano for three years. Then we decided to change our life radically and here we are.”
What is your philosophy at Castello Di Vicarello?
Aurora: “We are who we are. We did this place because we fell in love with it. We put all our energy into it, our past life, our experiences. The approach to the guests is easygoing, not formal. We like guests to feel at home although we don’t like people to go around naked! Basically, we want people to feel at home, relaxed and happy.”
The interior design of Castello di Vicarello is really beautiful. Were you responsible for the interior design?
Aurora: “Yes, my husband and I did everything with the furniture that we had. It’s like my home. We put in what we like and when we feel a room is okay for us then I think it’s fine for our guests.”
Clearly the kitchen plays an important role in the house.
Aurora: “I think so, yes. The kitchen is like the kitchen of a house, not the kitchen of a restaurant. Everybody passes through the kitchen. We have an organic garden and every day we change the menu according to what we have in season. Everybody can see the preparation, it’s nothing secret.We even offer cooking classes at the castello if guests want to and are about to publish a cook book with our recipes as well.”
Castello di Vicarello is also a working farm, you are producing your own wine and olive oil.
Aurora: “Yes, absolutely. The vineyards lie at the heart of the rolling landscape close to Castello di Vicarello. Though the vineyards are still relatively new, our two organic red wines have already won several plaudits from specialist publications.The olive oil that we are producing here is also one of the most sought-after in Tuscany. We have century old olive trees surrounding the property and guests can actually participate in the harvest between the end of October and the beginning of November. It is a true Tuscan experience.”