The village of Arceno was first mentioned in a document that dates back to the XI century, where it was cited as a donation that count Guinigi made to the Abbey of San Salvatore a Fontebuona. In 1676, Arceno became one of the area’s several municipalities ruled by the Berardenga family. The Villa of Arceno was later built ‘ex-novo’ by order of Flaminio del Taja, a knight who lived during the XVII century, at a time when agriculture had become the driving force behind the area’s economy. Near the villa, you’ll find a large romantic park, created in 1833 by Agostino Fantastici. This lush woodsy area features rare plants and trees like sequoias, camphor trees and Lebanon cedars. Small tree-lined paths lead to an artificial lake fed by the Ombrone River. Two buildings were built to enhance the lakeside environment: ‘Porto’ and ‘Casa delle Barche’. Even if its characteristics are not completely homogenous, the Arceno Park offers a truly unique setting and it perfectly illustrates Fantastici’s typically eclectic style.
Charming hills, romanesque churches and a sea of castles
Nestled among the blossoming hills of the Chianti and the incredible landscape of the Crete Senesi, the charming area of Castelnuovo Berardenga is found just outside Siena, on the hills separating the first part of the Ombrone valley from the Arbia stream. ...Morekeyboard_backspace
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