There is so much
to see in Tuscany. Villas in the area
are the perfect accommodation, giving you access to historical sites such as
Sorci Castle. Sorci Castle is located near Anghiari, a medieval village
northeast of Arezzo. Built in the thirteenth century, it is notorious for a
strange mysterious presence that hovers within its walls. People have been
experiencing ghostly hauntings and unexplained occurrences here since the
Middle Ages. Many say that the most frequently seen phantom is the ghost of
Baldaccio of Anghiari, who lived in the castle in the first half of the
fifteenth century. He was a hugely respected and courageous leader, who
achieved fame after fighting for his life for various different fronts and
armies, including the Florentines, Milan and, later, the Marche and Umbria.
If the life of
Baldaccio can be defined as glorious, unfortunately the same cannot be said of
his tragic death. In 1441, after inviting him to the Palazzo Vecchio in
Florence, Baldaccio Orlandini, the Gonfalonier of Justice in Florence, accused
Baldaccio of treason. Baldaccio’s body was first pierced by the soldier’s sharp
blades and then he was later ousted. After this ordeal he was transported to
Piazza Signoria where he finally met his end at the hands of an executioner. It
would seem that after the hideous torture that Baldaccio was put through, his
soul is no longer able to find peace and his spirit spends its days wandering
around the castle. Many people visiting from Tuscany villas testify to having
seen the ghost of a decapitated warrior floating between the rooms of the
castle, perhaps seeking revenge. Sometimes the presence of the restless spirit
manifests itself in the sound of clanking armour or by the playing of a piano
that reverberates around the castle.
Castello di Sorci has been converted into farm houses and it is also home to
one of the most famous restaurants in the area. To visit, it is necessary to
make an appointment by calling the following number or you can visit the
website: Tel 0575 789066
March is the season of the Camelias & the historic Villas in the Lucca region are open for viewing these beautiful flowers (which love the local climate). Alongside the Camelia Villas tours there are also music, art exhibitions, cultural events & tastings of Camelia tea. Events take place in the Pieve di Compiti & San Andrea di Compiti locations on 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24 March.
Our accommodation, which cost less than £800 for the week, is in a converted stone farmhouse next to a 12th Century Franciscan chapel. There is a pergola shaded by vines round the back here we quickly settle into a rhythm of eating long pasta suppers while the shadows lengthen.