Reopened in March following its seasonal closure, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, the 5,000-acre country estate located in UNESCO World Heritage Site Val d’Orcia, has introduced a host of new experiences and tours to its programming for 2023. Travellers will have the opportunity to discover the Tuscan countryside in new ways through the summer, autumn and winter before ringing in 2024 in style.
What’s new for 2023?
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco’s exciting new programme for 2023 caters to travellers seeking every kind of adventure. The resort has created something to suit every taste and interest, from an Easter scavenger hunt to art workshops and cultural guided tours.
For Easter travellers
From March 25 to April 10, the resort has a host of activities and experiences for guests and families of every shape and size to enjoy. For children, there’s a Kid’s Club with fun crafts, including Easter origami, egg decoration and Easter-themed games.
At the same time, gastronomy fans can take on a cooking class and learn how to make traditional Italian Easter treats at the resort’s La Canonica Cooking School.
Avid golfers can tee off at Italy’s only private golf club, Tom Weiskopf’s Tuscan masterpiece and yogis can take a relaxing yoga class in the Resort garden before delving into the world of Brunello di Montalcino with a tour of the historic Castiglion del Bosco Winery and a tasting of SuperTuscan Prima Pietra, from the highest vineyard on the Tuscan coast, Tenuta Prima Pietra, in Riparbella.
Easter Sunday will see a scavenger hunt across the resort’s historical borgo, where staff will hide clues for guests to follow and riddles to solve as they search for the ultimate chocolate prize, a handmade chocolate Easter egg lovingly made by Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco’s own Pastry Chef Michael Boivin.
Executive Chef Matteo Temperini (above) will be serving a Tuscan Easter brunch at Ristorante Campo del Drago. The perfect end to an active Sunday morning, the chef will share his take on Italian Pasqua classic recipes ahead of Easter Monday’s Pasquetta Hike. A gentle guided walk around the scenic, historic estate of Castiglion del Bosco, a local expert will point out famous spots and the most beautiful views.
For art lovers
The 2023 season at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco brings guests ever closer to the rich and historical world of art in Tuscany, a region of true craftsmanship and home to many Italian masters. The resort has introduced several specially curated, hands-on workshops in Siena, and guests can now take up the brush themselves and try gold-ground mediaeval painting, in which they can attempt their own Sienese painting scene of Piazza del Campo in Siena using the hands-on techniques and materials used in the old days.
Ceramics has always played a huge part in Tuscany’s art history, and now Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is welcoming guests to test their skills in the ancient craft of shaping raw materials into jewellery, plates or bowls, a hallmark of Tuscan tradition and craftsmanship, guided by a professional ceramics artist from the region.
For culture enthusiasts
For guests looking to explore the region’s fascinating history, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is now offering a tour of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site known as the ‘Manhattan of the middle ages’.
Guided tours will take guests around the town’s 13 remaining towers, which were built in the 14th century by affluent families to showcase their wealth, and to a world where time stands still as they walk along the ancient Via Francigena inside the town walls, navigate narrow streets leading to large squares flanked by majestic churches and palaces.
Wine tasting and a gelato stop will also be on the agenda, with guests being taken to a famous local gelateria and the home of the famous white wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Guests can also experience a private dinner with magnificent views from the rooftop of the Chigi Tower, which rests in the heart of the historical town.
With the autumn season comes Halloween, and new this year, the resort is offering guests a private guided tour of the hidden river, legends of spirits and ghosts of Siena. On the walking tour, a dedicated guide will tell all of Siena’s most thrilling myths and folklore while showcasing the ancient town’s most haunted secret spots.
For music aficionados
This summer, famed singer Andrea Bocelli will once again be the star of the natural amphitheatre of Lajatico, Teatro del Silenzio. Guests of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco can witness what is promised to be a spectacular performance with an orchestra, choir, dancers and special international guests. On the way to Lajatico – the singer’s hometown – guests can also visit the highest vineyard along the Tuscan Coast, Tenuta Prima Pietra, for a wine tasting and a bite to eat before heading to the once-in-a-lifetime show.
For seekers of Tuscan luxury
2023 also sees Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco welcome a new package experience in which guests can experience the true luxury of Tuscany in one of the resort’s private villas. Equipped with heated infinity pools, Riccardo Barthel-designed kitchens, lush gardens and terraces with countryside views, they offer the quintessential Tuscan experience.
For a minimum of two nights, guests can experience every luxury, including a full board with breakfast delivered directly to the villas and the option to upgrade to enjoy all-day services of their very own chef, book a private guided tour of the Val d’Orcia or take an in-villa cooking class.
Your Tuscan Residenza Experience starts from €14,160 per night.
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