History

The history of the Castello di Cacchiano

 

 

 

The Cacchiano Castle is located in the heart of the Chianti region and was founded in the 10th century by the Ricasoli family, a prestigious noble family with Longobard origins dating back to the age of Charlemagne. The Ricasoli family has owned the castle for more than 1.000 years.

The numerous archaeological finds discovered in this area and their particular relevance prove that the origins of the castle go back to the Roman period.

During the Middle Age, the Castle of Cacchiano, which was situated in the territory belonging to the city of Florence, played a crucial role in the battles between Florence and Siena defending, together with the Castle of Brolio, the Florentine territory first against the Sienese and their alleys and then against the Aragonese.

 

 

A thousand year long history

The Castle maintained its function as a fortalice defending the territory until the middle of the 16th century when it was transformed into a villa and into a farm. During the past centuries the first medieval and Renaissance walls were enlarged and some new buildings as well as a small church were built so that the Castle  has taken on the aspect of a stately fortified Castle complex.