Restored Medieval Castle with modern amenities and antique artworks
Martha Specht Corsi
- english, italian
About Martha Specht Corsi
My name is Martha Specht Corsi and I am the daughter of George Specht and FlaminiaGoretti de Flamini, who restored and brought back to life the Castle of Porciano. Throughout the years we organized many cultural events in Porciano, in Dante’s Hall or on the lovely grounds in front of the Castle. Throughout the years my family also purchased and restored the cottages built on the upper part of the village, respecting their original look. The magic of this place and its beauty in all seasons have inspired me to share it with others interested in charming places off the beaten track. Come and enjoy the Real, Traditional Tuscan Hospitality!
Martha Specht Corsi purchased this Castle in 1778
Why Martha Specht Corsi chose Pratovecchio Stia
Comfortable, quiet and relaxing. Casentino is the perfect location to explore the Tuscan countryside from Arezzo to Florence and return to wonderful evening meals prepared with local products. The Castello di Porciano offers the peace and hospitality of the upper valley of the Arno River, Casentino. The village stands at 600 meters above sea level, and is only one mile away (1.5 km) from the local town of Stia. Stia is a lovely small town built where the Arno and Staggia rivers meet. In the summer you will be able to enjoy the park along the river where you can sun yourself, wade or swim in the clear waters of the Arno river. The sources of the Arno are very near Stia so the water is still clean and pure. In the mountains around Stia and Porciano the National Park Reserve known as the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi offers a number of hiking trails and walks. This beautiful tower was restored by my parents, George Specht and his wife Flaminia Goretti de Flamini, as a romantic love nest. For this reason, this magnificient place is not just a business for me: it is my house, my life, the place where my heart resides even when I am far away. I wish Porciano to be a haven for those interested in the charm of this special residence. We can offer you a unique travel experience in an exclusive venue to relax and explore this hidden and untouched part of Tuscany. Come and enjoy the Real, Traditional Tuscan Hospitality!
What makes this Castle unique
We speak English and Italian and can provide our customers with all the assistence and advices they might need in order to make their stay as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We are able to offer our guests several kinds of courses and activities to complete a unique and unforgettable travel experience: Italian language courses, cooking classes, guided tours, guided excursions in the Casentino Forests National Park, horseback riding nearby, wine and food tastings, ayurveda massages, art history and history lectures and much more. All our courses, activities and lectures are held by qualified instructors and lecturers. A lovely golf course is only 20 minutes away, very near the hilltown of Poppi. The ideal customer of Porciano Castle is a sophisticated traveller, not interested in touristy, crowded, standard destinations; an art lover who will appreciate the uniqueness of this magic venue and enjoy the charm of a matchless, one of a kind, customised travel experience.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
non smoking only
pets not allowed
Children not allowed
not suitable for children
Check In: 2.00-6.00 pm. Arrival time to be comunicated at least 24 hours before. Late arrival or departure are subject to confirmation by the manager.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A stunning environement; comfortable, caring hosts
We were welcomed with warmth and hugs by Martha, the owner and Federica, the venue's manager. This was a repeat visit because we wanted to bring our friends to experience this unique setting and history. The rooms were ready for us when we arrived, warm, clean and inviting. There was a lovely tour by the owner of the tower and it's fascinating history followed by prosecco and snacks that were plentiful. Throughout our four day stay the host was quickly responsive to any need or request we had. Because of her knowledge of the are she grew up in Federica was able to give us suggestions for things to do or places to visit that we may not have discovered. She also connected us with locals who had interesting histories to share and products to share with us. One of the perks of this venue is that someone is always available to respond if need be which is not the case in many small villages. The beds were comfortable, there were plenty of towels and fine linens and some of who stayed in the apartments were pleased with how well stocked the kitchens were if we wanted to prepare anything. The fireplace in the tower's living room made an inviting place to hang out to read or sketch and was always ready to be lit. The bathrooms were modern and a good size which we don't always find in some areas of Italy. There were some nice paths and roads to wander around the site with beautiful poppi fields and views. This is a special place and we will return there again and again.
Picturesque mediaeval castle with modern comforts
If you want to stay in a historic building but also want modern comforts, this castle is perfect. Its location in stunning mountainous countryside adds to the pleasure. We were warmly welcomed on our arrival, and well looked after during our stay by the delightful Federica. The castle itself and the adjoining apartments are beautifully furnished and stocked with everything we needed to get us going. Federica can recommend where to eat and shop and tell you about activities in the area. We're planning to return next year.
Thanks Erica, we look forward to see you next year!
What a wonderful introduction to Italy!
Let’s just say we enjoyed ourselves so much we hope to return someday. Martha and Federica were both the best hostesses. We stayed in one of the cottages for almost a week and felt very much welcomed. Every direction we turned was another breathtaking vista. My husband was not disappointed in Fede’s advisement on routes to take on his road bike. The town of Stia, just down the hill, had very good choices in restaurants and an unspoiled, casual atmosphere everywhere we walked. Our visits to a nearby vineyard and a sheep farm were recommended to us and did not disappoint in what we learned & experienced. Just a remarkable stay, all the way around. Thank you, Martha and Fede!
Top of Toscana at Castelo di Porciano!
My wife and I were members of a small group who rented rooms in the castle and cottages.
We stayed in the master suite on the castle’s fourth floor. The castle itself is beautifully restored, with an astonishing vista below it, toward the town of Stia.
The kitchen, bathroom and bedroom were fully equipped for visitors, so we combined meals at the castle with wonderful restaurant meals in town.
Marta and Fede were warm and welcoming hosts, able to explain the colourful history of the castle through the centuries, and recommend local ‘must-sees’.
We highly recommend staying at Castelo di Porciano. It is truly a breathtakingly beautiful location, well worth the hour’s drive past the vineyards and olive groves from Florence!
Our Sojourn at Castello di Porciano
Our family trip to Italy was fantastic, but it was made all that much more remarkable, and special, because we stayed at Castello di Porciano. What a treat! This 1000-year-old castle, artfully restored by the Sprechts, and enhanced by their daughter Martha, oozes history and shouts "I have a story to tell!" With a spectacular view of the Constantino Valley and the town of Stia, the castle dominates the slopes leading up to 5400 foot mountains. Complete with elevator and modern conveniences, the castle is comfortable, but something set apart, unlike any place we have ever visited. Air conditioning would have been welcome for several of the 90 degree days we had, but with the breeze high on the hill and large windows, the heat was never oppressive. We loved the town of Stia, so authentic and charming, just down from the castle, with its wonderful restaurants and a wine shop. The people were so very welcoming to us! We were lucky to be treated to several days of the European Biennial of the Art of the Blacksmith competition, watching blacksmiths from all over the world create beautiful iron art works in real time. Fede, was our gracious castle "hostess," made sure we were well taken care of, and didn't tire of our numerous questions. This truly was a wonderful experience which has left an indelible mark on our family, and fond memories of two weeks in an honest-to-goodness castle!
Breathtakingly restored 13th century Castello all to ourselves! Unforgettable!
This experience was other-worldly, and something the we will cherish forever. We've traveled in Tuscany before, but nothing has come close to this experience. Approaching Porchiano, the beauty of the Casentino valley is enough to stun you, then climbing the hill into this localita is like stepping into the ancient past, with all the charm of an ancient walled city but none of the crowds, only friendly, easy-going residents (and cats!) all looked over by the ancient stone castle – a striking and beautiful remnant from centuries ago.
The castello has been lovingly restored, offering all of the creature comforts of home – a kitchen stocked well enough to host a crowd, dishwasher, stove, etc. The great room seems drawn from a fairy tale – the vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and Martha’s impressive collection of Italian antiques add a mesmerizing charm. Stepping into the four-foot thick stone wall leading to the floor-to-ceiling arched window in the great room is an experience unto itself; you will be dazzled by the view of the Porciano and Stia beyond.
The first several floors encompass a fascinating museum where you can learn about the time Dante spent in exile at Porciano, the restoration of the castello, and about Martha’s family, the owners who made all of this possible. Take the lift to the top several floors and you are immersed in the charming living quarters, a collection of majestic rooms over several floors encompassing the kitchen, great room, several charming bedrooms with unparalleled views of the Casentino valley and surrounding hills, modern bathrooms, and private access to the roof of the Castello!
We spent every evening sipping wine from the rooftop, mesmerized by the twinkling lights of Stia below and saying over and over, “we are the luckiest people in the world to be here!”. During the day, we spent more time on the roof spotting other castellos, like Popi and Romena, in the surrounding hills. We truly felt like noblemen of the past watching over the valley.
A quick, 10-minute drive to Stia provided access to some fantastic restaurants, the mill museum, and shopping. Or, we could wander the walking paths on foot to explore other vantage points and views of Porciano and the valley beyond.
Truly, the most unique and fabulous experience we have had!
The Casentino is the first valley formed by the Arno river; a land of natural beauty, ancient country churches, castles and sanctuaries. Surrounded by the peace of the Casentino Forest National Park, you will explore a hidden and still undiscovered corner of the Tuscan countryside, away from the standard and usual tourist routes and destinations.
Many small hill towns, known for their beauty and history, are very close to each other like Poppi, Bibbiena, Anghiari and many others.
Florence and Arezzo are only just over one hour away. Siena and Cortona are lovely day trips from Porciano.
Excellent restaurants featuring local products and specialties. Romanesque churches and monasteries open for visits. National park with marked hiking trails for all levels. Public picnic areas throughout the park.
The Casentino is an area which maintains the appeal of a lesser-known Tuscany where the sense of tradition is still strong. The wish of its inhabitants of not loosing their bond with past history is felt everywhere.
Come and enjoy the Real, Traditional Tuscan Hospitality!