Castello di Sapia for sale in Tuscany

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A property in Chianti, originally constructed in the Late Middle Ages this castle for sale in Italy lies in the heart of the “Crete” Hills of Siena.
Along the Via Francigena pilgrims’ route to Rome, we stop to admire this castle for sale, virtually untouched by time, where art, history and landscape blend in a rare example of natural beauty.
Though the structures of this 12th century castle in Italy, with its superb arches and venerable crests, show the wear and tear of time, their incredible impact still leaves us enthralled.
The basic layout of what amounts to a full-fledged architectural complex was subject to major restructuring and expansion efforts during the 15th and 16th centuries, at the initiative of the leading aristocratic families of the area.
The property, found in the heart of the Chianti Siena hills, has a roofed surface area of approximately 1140 m2 and is surrounded in all sides by arable land and mixed first land totalling 24 and a half acres.
Amidst its valleys and streams, the estate also holds a lookout tower from the Late Middle Ages and a 16th century chapel, both testifying to a distant, majestic past. Additional assets on the property including outbuildings used for storage, a hog barn, a multifamily farmhouse and a stone shed.
Major restructuring is necessary for use as a residence and/or home to buy in Italy.

Technical Details
Interiors surface: 1530 m2
Exteriors surface:      5 he

castle For Sale in Italy: 1140 m2
stone hog barn: 80 m2
multifamily farmhouse: 275 m2
16th-century chapel: 35 m2

plus n.5 farm outbuildings 
Florence: 50 km - Pisa: 100 km - Siena: 7 km - San Gimignano: 18 km - Volterra: 30 km - Thermal baths: 15 km - Golf Club: 6 km -  Florence airport: 61 km - highway: exit south Florence 30 km
Ref: 0050
price: Up to 2,5M

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Castiglion Ghinibaldi, today known as Castiglion Alto, was an important site along the Via Francigena pilgrims’ route: its existence is documented from the year 1004, when it held a castle and a "curtis", or farming settlement, under the control of the Lambardi family, feudal lords of Staggia. In the early 13th century, Ghinibaldo, a citizen of Siena, held public offices and married Sapìa of the Salvani family (mentioned in Canto XIII of the Purgatory of Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia). Ghinibaldo rebuilt the castle, which was given his name, and, in 1265, founded the  Hospice for pilgrims and the needy below the castle walls.

Because all of Ghinibaldo’s children were female, the property passed into the hands of the Salimbeni family, and from them, in the 15th century, to the Piccolominis, who held it until the 1600’s. The numerous transformations made in the castle (the building structures, the loggias, the vaults, the stairs...) are the result of work done by the Piccolomini, as shown by the widespread use of the family’s half-moon symbol.
No major restoration work has been done on the Castle, apart from modification of the roofing on the main structure, which was left in ruins by an earthquake and rebuilt at the start of the 20th century. On this occasion, what was left of the original cross vaults was demolished in order to new roofing made of wood beams. The expansion of the underground cellars led to the construction of adjoining the castle walls on the north side.