Wine Tasting at a Tuscan Castle

September is here, but fear not, dear readers: autumn is also synonymous with the grape harvest! Since Roman antiquity,  wine has been worshiped as one of the most marvelous gifts of nature and culture; the Roman poet, Horace, celebrated wine which “gives courage, produces frankness and friendship, beautifies hope, drives away worry, brings out the fine arts, inspires eloquence and gives birth to freedom”. No less!


And so, it is in this spirit that we visited Antinori nel Chianti Classico, a winery located a few hundred meters from Castello Lorenzo, our magnificent Tuscan castle between Florence and Siena.
Castello Lorenzo is beautiful most of the year and especially in Autumn, when we were lucky enough to visit last year. Originally a medieval fortress built in the eleventh century, it was converted in the fifteenth century into a magnificent villa of the Tuscan aristocracy with a unique charm and impeccable taste. All its spaces and rooms are elegant and refined, with a particularly beautiful loggia which opens onto the Tuscan countryside, offering a show of nature’s splendid Fall color, inspiration to more than one Renaissance painter. Cherry on the cake: the swimming-pool has direct sunlight throughout the day!


Secret tip! If you book directly through Commendable Rentals, you’ll enjoy our Fall Special: 10% off!


Walking down the hill of Castello Lorenzo, you’ll find yourself on the Antinori Wine Estate. The Antinori family has been committed to the art of wine-making for over six centuries. The family’s historical heritage lies in their estates in Tuscany and Umbria, however over the years they have invested in many other areas, well known for producing high quality wine.
The estate is simply breath-taking: the winery overlooks the countryside from a terrace surrounded by vineyards. Designed to have a low environmental impact and maximum energy savings, the winery is an unusual and fascinating structure: almost invisible to the eye from the distance, the winery’s façade appears as two elegant horizontal cuts in the Tuscan landscape and its most spectacular feature is undoubtedly the impressive spiral staircase that connects the building’s three levels.

Indeed, The Antinori nel Chianti Classico winery is part of Toscana Wine Architecture, an association that unites unique and original wineries designed by famous contemporary architects.
While staying at Castello Lorenzo, you can visit the cellars and of course participate in tastings, but also have lunch in their restaurant Rinuccio 1180 located on the roof of the building. We will take care of your reservations, tastings and excursions!


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Marchesi Antinori

Wine tastings


The treasures of Maremma

Welcome to Maremma!

We continue our Tuscany tour by travelling up the coast to the north of the Maremma region, a little less known than Argentario, but with many delights, and with a special focus on an exceptional property, La Civetta, a new addition to Commendable Rentals that has totally seduced us!

The Etruscan coast is beautiful, and if you come by car we strongly advise you to take time to explore, preferably hair in the wind! You will discover a succession of beautiful beaches, ancient and medieval preserved cities, country landscapes, flamboyant sunsets, as well as some pleasing vineyards of the famous Strada del Vino.

A carefully restored farmhouse of the eighteenth century, La Civetta is owned by a family of local nobility who have renovated it respecting tradition yet creating a sophisticated and stylish retreat. The villa, an impressive terracotta color is surrounded by a beautiful garden planted with Mediterranean flora created by the landscape architect, Arabella Lennox-Boyd. A 12-meter long swimming pool, a court Tennis and a superb private beach with cabana.

 

The villa can accommodate up to 14 people in 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, each bedroom, with its own beauty, character and charm; each decorated with its own atmosphere, colors, objects, maybe wallpapers, and elegant bathrooms. The owner/designer has made sure that each offer a coherent and refined ensemble, pleasing to the eye and to the senses.

On the ground floor, the lovely double, L-shaped living room is cool in summer and warm in winter and is a perfect spot to welcome and assemble with all the inhabitants of the house to create unforgettable memories. Outside, the two furnished patios allow the perfect setting to relax and dine with a view of the garden, the sunset, or the stars during long summer evenings.

The house is fully staffed for ultimate comfort: La Civetta comes with a chef, two housekeepers and a gardener and pool person. You will indeed be well cared for during your stay. You can spend your holidays in this idyllic place with family, friends without work or worry, or even organize professional events.

This magnificent villa is located outside Castagneto Carducci, the principal village of the municipality. Known for its medieval castle, its breathtaking view of the sea (its old name was “Castagneto Marritima”) and many pretty churches, Castagneto Carducci is the perfect place for an evening stroll after a day spent at the beach, for sipping a glass of local wine, or for dining.

Not too far away, is the famous city of Pisa (and its leaning tower!) and Lucca is about 1-hour drive north. Drive along the coast and take the Viale dei Cipressi, a unique road in Tuscany that stretches for 5 km and was celebrated by the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, and discover the fortified town of Bolgheri, its castle straight out of a fairy tale, and its enotecas! Indeed, Bolgheri is on the Italian wine route, Strada del Vino, and its region produces the most famous wines, such as Super Toscan Sassicaia, Ornellaia or Vermentino Bolgheri.

 

Our other destinations in Maremma & Tuscany:

Villa Uliveto

Mimosa Mare

Il Pecadillo

Francesca al Mare

Il Favoloso

Il Convento

Mare degli Angeli


Berlin in the Fall

Autumn: the Perfect Time to Visit Berlin

 

Why Berlin?

Whether it’s Old-world charm you’re looking for, a vibrant art-scene,  or exciting night-life, you will find it all in Berlin

Why now?

Fall weather is ideal for everything Berlin has to offer—whether it is an afternoon of people watching at a café, a stroll through one of the city’s many parks – Berlin is a Green city – or  a day of Gallery and Museum hopping  to take in the active art scene.

For classical music lovers, during two weeks every September, world-renowned classical musicians and conductors converge on the city during Musikfest Berlin. Nightlife you seek? Well, no trip to Berlin would be complete without an evening at Friedrichstadt Palast, Germany’s leading theatre, and Europe’s hottest show palace!

                      

Ready to book your flight?

There is no better place to rest your head at night than the luxurious Palacina Residence apartments, centrally located in the historic district of Schöneberg. Whether it’s the famous Potsdamer Platz you’d like to see or you’re ready for an evening of shopping at the famous Kadewe department store, located amongst a variety of restaurants at the famous Kurfürstendamm Avenue, a brisk 15 minute walk or 5 minute ride on the public transport will get you there! We are so exited to be able to offer this great Berlin choice. 

    

                            

You can choose from of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments to suit your needs. Whether you’re searching for a Romantic Getaway, a Family Holiday, or a fun outing with close friends, you will experience Berlin at its best, enjoying the sophistication of a top hotel while feeling completely at home in  the comfort of spacious apartments designed to offer the best of the city’s Old-world allure with its modern-chic reputation as one of Europe’s trendiest cities.

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