Castello di Gallico

Gallico Castle

Gallico Castle, with its five stone towers and red bricks, is a beautiful example of a fortified farm


Gallico Castle, with its five stone towers and red bricks, is a beautiful example of a fortified farm. It rises up alone over the clayey plains around the municipality of Asciano, not far from the village of Montecalvoli which has had close links with the castle for centuries.
A Sienese family, the Tolomeis, bought Gallico Castle in 1319. Towards the end of the century they enlarged one of the pre-existing towers in order to be able to store what they grew on their land. Over time the fort became a castle/agricultural store house.
A rich family of silk merchants from Montepulciano, the Griffolis, bought the castle during the first half of the fifteenth century. The Republic of Siena forced them to keep a garrison of soldiers there due to the castle’s important strategic position.
The castle changed hands several times until it was donated to the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala di Siena at the end of the eighteenth century. It was then given back to the Vallensi family and at the start of the nineteenth century was inherited by the Terrosi family. At the start of the last century it belonged to the Fei and Biagini di Monte S.Saviano families.
The castle was recently bought by a well known Roman businessman who has restored the building but fenced in the grounds so that unfortunately today it can only be admired from afar.

Asciano rises on a high peak of the Ombrone river valley
The town of Asciano is located in the center of the Crete Senesi, an area that extends south east of Siena. Of medieval origins, Asciano conserves many places of interest, including: the Collegiate Church of Saint Agatha, the Church of Saint Augustine, the Grain Piazza with the Magistrates’ Palace, the Civic Archeology Museum and the Corboli Palace Sacred Art Museum and the Cassioli Museum. ...