We arrived in Certaldo, a small town in Tuscany, after taking a 2 hour plane from London to Rome and then riding two trains from there. It was 9:00pm and our AirBnB host picked us up at the train station for the drive up the steep hills to the castle we booked in Certaldo Alto. Almost a year ago I found a room with our very own turret available for booking in the heart of Tuscany. I jumped at the chance to stay in an area that has always been a dream of mine.
We booked our apartment for the month of May and this time of year the weather is perfect. Outside it is warm in both the sun and shade, but you can get a cool breeze inside with the windows open.
The apartment in the castle is privately owned and can be booked through AirBnB. You enter the apartment from a hallway into the lounge area. The lounge has a desk, sofa, chairs, and some english books for your enjoyment. This is the only part of the apartment that has WiFi.
The apartment also has a kitchen equipped with a stove, oven, refrigerator and freezer. The space was beautiful and very clean. Stocking the kitchen with food was a bit of an adventure since the nearest co-operative was two miles away and we didn’t have a car.
Then there is also the living area that has a TV, board games, and for six euro you can have a bottle of the stock wine. Though we quickly found out that wine in Tuscany is almost as cheap as water. We picked up several bottles at the store instead of paying for our host’s wine.
There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms (a total of five beds) so be sure to book your stay with some friends. You can split the cost of the apartment (about 75 euro a night) and enjoy traveling to nearby vineyards for some wine tastings together.
The real selling point and the feature that got us to book this apartment for the whole month was the beautiful views that can be seen from the private turret. The turret is reached by a ladder and a set of stairs. Once you’re on top you get to take in your own private views of the surrounding countryside of Tuscany.
There is much to see and do in the town itself: museums, really good restaurants, terrace views of the countryside of Tuscany, and Tuscan cooking classes. The town is split up into two parts, Certaldo and Certaldo Alto. The castle is situated in Certaldo Alto (meaning up). Certaldo Alto is at the high point of the town and can be reached by road or the funicular train. The hilltop town is the real attraction of the city. The streets are filled with people at all times of day and come alive in the evenings. The best part of this small town is that it’s located in the heart of Tuscany and the major attractions are a quick train ride away. The area is perfect to see and experience the bigger cities such as Siena, Pisa, and Florence. The train station is located in the center of town and is only a few minutes walk from the castle.
We booked our stay at the castle through AirBnB. This review is an editorial opinion of The Nomadic Lifestyle.