The Castello di Brolio is a castle in the suburb of Brolio of the comune Gaiole in Chianti in the province of Siena in Tuscany. The grounds contain an agriturismo, a wine shop and a restaurant.
Castello di Brolio in Gaiole in Chianti
Address: . Phone: +39 . Opening times: From 10:00 till 18:30 (From October 30 to December 10, the castle closes at 17:00). Closed: December 12 to 28, January. The Ricasoli collection cannot be visited on Mondays. Various tours are available, with prices that range from 6,50 to 70 Euros per person. (Note that prices and times may be subject to change.)
If you want to take a day trip from Siena to the Castello di Brolio by car, it is best to follow the picturesque provincial road SP408 di Montevarchi.
History and description
The castle complex was built in the 11th century and has been owned by the Ricasoli family since the 12th century.
Over the centuries, many disputes took place between the Florentines and the Sienese for the lordship of the castle.
In the 19th century, Baron Bettino Ricasoli had the castle rebuilt (in a more Gothic style) and it is now one of the most important large agricultural communities in Chianti.
What to see
In the Chapel of San Jacopo, you can admire two polyptychs from the Sienese and Florentine schools.