Fall wedding in Tuscany

We would like to give our best to Alba and Gianluca who have decided to get married in Gargonza. A special thank you this time, since we have received their sincere congratulation on Gargonza and a truth apreciation for all our staff. A little tribute of their special day with the pictures of the wedding photographer Fabio Murilla.

photo credit @fabiomurilla

Cross country at Castello di Gargonza

The roads of the Knights – cross- country through Castello di Gargonza’s trails

The ” 2 mari” Association together with Rotary Club Chianciano has organized through the old paths of the property a fund raising cross- country rally to rase funds for the Autistic Association which is involved in assistance to people affected from this disorder.

The group of 35 jeep left Montalcino and followed the ancient white roads through the vineyards of Montalcino, famouse for its wine Brunello di Montalcino, the gentle landscape of Val D’Orcia and the lunar landscape of the Crete Senesi.

After checking in our drivers could relax in their houses with a nice glass of red wine in front of the fireplace and then a dinner was organized at La Torre di Gargonza restaurant.

A big thank you to Mr Bruno Natalini for the perfect organization and for his enthusiasm for this great achievement



A country wedding weekend at Castello di Gargonza

Castello di Gargonza is ideal for a country wedding setting. Various gardens inside and outside the village, a medieval tower facing the Olive press garden can easily be matched with a Prosecco table with a selection of cheese and cold cuts served on wine barrels. A reception dinner with typical tuscan cuisine, during the summer, can be organized outside the restaurant, facing the tower, under our string lights which recreates the atmosphere of the tuscan village.


Wedding in a tuscan village

Castello di Gargonza is an ideal setting not only for the beauty of it’s landscape and grounds but also because you rent an entire village with all cottages, wedding location and wedding dinner location all walking distance. You will have the chance to have your close family and friends to stay nested in a village for three days. A welcome dinner organized at the swimming pool with a tuscan buffet and vintage lights, a breathtaking view over the woods facing the Val di Chiana for the wedding ceremony and our panoramic room for the actual weding dinner.
Inside Castello di Gargonza and the village you will find also various gardens to relax, have a drink or enjoy the swimming pool located just outside the village

Ideafimit annual meeting

Ideafimit annual meeting

“Building bridges” was the name of this year’s Ideafimit annual meeting. More than one hundred members of the company joined Gargonza for a practice of building bridges with wood and other materials. The company could take advantage from the various indoor options which Gargonza can offer. From the main meeting hall to other 4 smaller meeting rooms which were used for this game which can be done in case of bad weather also inside.
Gargonza staff provided all lunch’s, a gala dinner, breakfast and coffee breaks and of course accommodation for more than 100 people in our classic and superior accommodations all located inside the village.


Social team building with Made in Team

Social team building with Made in Team

With great pleasure our experienced team building company Made in Team proposed to our client a social team building activity which consisted in building a small playground to be set in a public garden in one the villages destroyed bu the violent earthquake which reached the central part of Italy last September. It is a usefull team building not only for the purpose of staying together but also for a good cause. Thank you my friends and look forward to seing you soon. Hope you will find more inspiration for future goals to achieve here in Gargonza.

Juliane & Oliver Wedding weekend in Tuscany April 2016

Juliane & Oliver April 2016

Another beautiful wedding weekend together with Juliane & Oliver  who have chosen to stay the weekend in Gargonza with family and friends. Gargonza is ideal for a wedding weekend because it’s not only the time to celebrate our bride & groom but also the occasion to meet again among family and friends closed in a little village in Tuscany.
A welcome dinner was organized with a rustic Tuscan buffet in the panoramic room of the restaurant.

The following day the bride & groom married in our Church of SS. Tiburzio & Susanna with an catholic celebration. After the ceremony the aperitif was served in the Lecceta garden in front of a beautiful panorama of our forest.

Dinner was served in the Olive press room with the following menu

Malfatti with spinach and ricotta cheese with cheese fondue and black truffle
Ravioli pasta filled with seabass and prawn sauce
Beef fillet with Porto wine sauce and baked potatoes and vegetables

Cutting of the cake was done in the Limonaia garden and a live band played music until late at night!


Yoga classes in Tuscany in the medieval village of Gargonza

Yoga classes in Tuscany

With great pleasure we had in Gargonza a Yoga weekend retreat organized by Ivana Caffarati, psychologist, professional dancer, Yoga and Oriental ballet teacher.

Our ladies could use our large conference area which was our former olive mill, well exposed in front of our garden and well heated. During breaks between the various yoga sessions, they could walk in the surrounding trails in the forest and have a moment of relaxation inside the cosy apartments with fireplace.
An afternoon break was organized also with the Rapolano Hot bath located at 18 km from Gargonza.
We also prepared a full vegetarian menu with local products, which was very much appreciated among our guests.

Thanks Ivana for your organization and look forward for a new yoga retreat in Tuscany.
For those interested in Yoga retreats, you can contact directly Ivana through her website www.ivanacaffaratti.com


NTTDATA Annual retreat – December 2015

NTTDATA Annual retreat

With great pleasure we had a group of young and positive group of NTTDATA Italian branch for their annual meeting. Gargonza is ideal for team buildings and for recreating a community, not of farmers anymore but of a company in this case.

A selfmade team building brought teams to elaborate a special flying devices in order to have raw eggs land carefully without breaking. Thank you my friends and look forward to seing you soon. Hope you will find more inspiration for future goals to achieve here in Gargonza.

Culinary team building in Tuscany – November 2015

Culinary team building in Tuscany

Here is a funny cooking contest team building activity. We had the pleasure to have a company board meeting with a cooking contest activity which took place in the kitchen of our restaurant La Torre di Gargonza. The goal of the game was to prepare a lunch based on a set of ingredients which were placed on a table.

Teams had the assistance of our staff and were able to prepare a full menu. The goal was to create a mix of competition among the various teams together with the commitment to each one of the members to obtain a common goal; prepare a buffet for the tasters. Thank you to each one of you for the great presentation and participation to the activity.

Stanford Alumni Travel & Study

Stanford Alumni Travel & Study

After experiencing Stanford Family Adventures during the summer period, Gargonza was happy to have Stanford Alumni Travel & Study for an off season program. Better period could not be chosen; fall in Gargonza is something exceptional from the colors of the forest, the food and all the activities which can be done in November such as olive oil picking and truffle hunting.

The group experienced a tour “inside Tuscany” partially organized with lectures and partially with day trips. Lectures focused on Italian and European politics and an overview on Italian renaissance period.
Day trips were organized in Siena, Arezzo and the hilltop medieval villages of Pienza and Montalcino.

On our hand we organized a nice full day of olive oil picking in our olive groves, with a visit to the local olive mill. This was considered to  most guests the highlight of their stay; a chance to get in touch with the locals for this olive oil “feast” and enjoy immediately an authentic extra virgin olive oil. During the day a “forest lecture” with Gianluca, our truffle hunter, was organized. He showed us most of the secrets of truffle hunting, his relationship with nature and with his dogs, his companions during his wonderings in the quite of a forest.

Thank you Stanford friends and we hope you enjoyed your stay with us!

Louise & Keith Wedding weekend in Tuscany October 2015

Louise & Keith October 2015 (Autumn in Gargonza)

With great pleasure we had in Gargonza Louise & Keith for thier wedding weekend in Tuscany. A family wedding I would say because they arrived with their beautiful daughter Ellie and the fantastic dog Becks!

A very cosy celebration was organized in our private chapel for a symbolic wedding followed by a nice aperitif inside the Limonaia garden, with the typical autumn colours of the ivy pergola. The aperitif was made with cold cuts, cheese composition on wood boards, various bruschetta’s, mozzarella cheese and Prosecco for drinks.

Dinner took place in the reception room inside the village with some magnificent composition of flowers from Fiori e Piante Marilena. www.fiorieideemarilena.it .

The weeding menu was in perfect autumn style with:

Ricotta cheese and spinach “Malfatti” with cheese fondue
Pappardella pasta with wild boar sauce
Grilled beef filet with Colonnata lard and peppercorn sauce, roast potatoes and vegetables as side dish

Italian puff pastry mille feuille

Music was organized with  Marco & Arianna live duo (www.intrattenimento-musicale.it) who played live for all the aperitif and then mixed songs for the dancing.

Thanks also to Rudi and Diego from www.dierrefotografi.com for the beautiful pictures.

The group was relaxed and small in number which made the wedding even more special for all family members and friends.

Pepperdine University: annual Listening Summit Weekend

Pepperdine University: annual Listening Summit Weekend

For the fifth year, we had the pleasure to have Pepperdine University to the annual Listening Summit Weekend at Castello di Gargonza. Participants were both Us students from Pepperdine together with Italian students from the different faculties of Florence University.

This year’s topic was called Enriching Lives: “Two different cultural perspectives are better than one”. The faculty of Pepperdine were able to have speakers from various backgrounds and in particular Prof Roberto D’alimonte with his wife Cynthia Wilson, Mr. Robert Shackelford, Mr Matthew Reinecke and Frate Luca Laria De Felice.

An Italian professor who married an American teacher, a University Director who lives in Italy since 30 years, a former financial broker who, after finding an Italian girlfriend opened an American bakery in Florence and a priest who described his personal path from a civil life before embracing religion.

All of this would not be possible without Elizabeth Whathley, director of Pepperdine University in Florence, for having set this program in Gargonza. Another great success Elizabeth! Thank you from all of us from Castello di Gargonza.

Easter lunch menu 2017

Easter Lunch 2017

Easter lunch 2017 Menu at our restaurant La Torre di Gargonza!

Prosciutto Toscano del Pratomagno DOP-  Tuscan Ham
Quenelle di polenta di mais con pancetta in salsa taleggio- Cornmeal mush with bacon and Taleggio cheese fondue
Zucchine al forno ripiene- Filled zuzcchini
Sformatini di verza con salsa al pachino- White cabbage flan with cherry tomato sauce

Millefoglie di verdure- Vegetable millefeuille

Cappelli di pasta ripieni di patate e parmigiano in salsa di pomodorini pachino, zucchine e basilico- Ravioli filled with parmesan and potatoes with cherry tomato and basil sauce

Pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale- Pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce

Rollé di Agnello al forno con verdure miste- Lamb roulade with mixed baked vegetables
Tagliata di manzo al rosmarino con patate arrosto- Sliced T bone steak with rosemary sauce and roast potatoes

Coppa di crema pasticcera con cioccolato fondente e lingue di gatto- Crème patissière with chocolate fondue and biscuits

Chianti Colli Fiorentini, 2015, Guicciardini Corsi Salviati

€ 43,00 per person

The same menu can be served also for celiac. Special 50% discount for childrens

For more information and bookings write us or call us

Castello di Gargonza info@gargonza.it Tel 0575/847021

PEA Cosmetics annual meeting

PEA Cosmetics annual meeting

The famous cosmetic company PEA Cosmetics decided, for the fourth year, to come back to Castello di Gargonza to meet with his staff and with all Italian rep. inside the walls of the medieval hamlet of Gargonza. The meeting took place in the Olive press Conference room for the large meeting and smaller rooms were used for individual interviews. Coffee breaks were served outside, in the Lemon garden facing the tower and a relaxing forest.

Gargonza is ideal for a full break from day to day routine and get re create the right affinity among the company members. A gala dinner was then organized at the restaurant with a nice aperitif outside and the night continued with magicians and big party with disco dancing.

Thank you Raffaele and Lucia and all PEA Cosmetics staff to consider Gargonza as your base for new goals.

Plex 2015 Meeting at Gargonza Castle

PLEX 2015 meeting at Gargonza Castle

We had the pleasure of having for a week, the staff of Plex https://plex.tv/about and really enjoyed collaborating with the agency who organized the meeting http://www.monikerpartners.com/. An incredible quantity of activities where organized for a week at the village, involving all grounds of Gargonza, from the swimming pool for a relaxing Tuscan style buffet dinner to the magic of the 13th century medieval tower square where the Gala Dinner toke place the last evening. A pizza night and a BBQ completed the dinners at La Torre di Gargonza.

Many activities where organized during the week, from Classic Vespa tours to FIAT 500 sight seeing around the Tuscan valleys of Val di Chiana and Chianti. An archery session was also organized inside the gardens of the village.

The Plex 2015 meeting in Gargonza was possible thanks to Maurizio and Ilaria from http://www.synergies-dmc.com/team/

A big thank you to Sean Hoff and his staff and Keith Valory alias “el jefe” of Plex for choosing Gargonza!

Cultura Italiana Arezzo School – italian language courses

Cultura Italiana Arezzo – italian language courses

Cultura Italiana Arezzo is an institute that operates in the Arezzo’s territory since 1998 to spread the Italian language and culture through the organization of courses for adult foreigners interested in Italy for cultural, tourism or business.

The office, located in the historic center of the city, annually hosts more than 200 students from all over the world staying in Arezzo (from one month up to one year) in order to know the language, life and culture of our country.

In collaboration with the Institute our guests, willing to deepen their knowledge of Italian, can take lessons in Italian language while staying at the Castello di Gargonza.

Teachers are at your disposal to conduct the classes directly at the Castle of Gargonza with lectures, informal and very interactive, that will help the student to get in touch with the language in a pleasant and relaxed environment focus mainly on everyday communication.

Please contact us for more details and informations: info@gargonza.it

St. Jude Medical Team Building at Castello di Gargonza

A two day full immersion team building of St. Jude medical Italy developing cost-effective technology for many epidemic diseases such as heart failure, valvular disease and chronic pain.
In Gargonza, participants of the Italian branch have found the right environment to concentrate and relax. The first day, the group had a meeting inside our conference area with meeting room which can accommodate more than 100 people on a theatre setting. The next day a team building activity was organized by the pool, located just outside the village.
An informal rustic tuscan dinner was then organized at our restaurant to celebrate the meeting with a stuffed pork baked in our ancient wood oven.



Tania & Wissam Wedding weekend in Tuscany July 2015

Tania & Wissam Wedding weekend in Tuscany July 2015

Another beautiful wedding weekend together with Tania & Wissam  who have chosen to stay the weekend in Gargonza with family and friends and decided to have a blessing in our “Limonaia” garden. Organization was supervised and coordinated by Daniela Haltmayer from Hochzeiten Toskana.

A welcome dinner was held in the courtyard of the restaurant  with rustic buffet and an informal tablecloth.
The following day the bride & groom married in our “Limonaia” garden with a symbolic ceremony.  After the ceremony the aperitif and dinner was served under the string lights outside the panoramic room of our restaurant  with the following served menu for the dinner:

Tuscan ham cut by hand and fresh and seasoned sheep cheese with homemade jams
Zucchine flan with tomato and basil cream

Aubergine millefeuille
Tomato and Basil brushcetta
Ricotta cheese gnocchi with Porcini mushrooms over a leak sauce and steamed prawns

Tortello pasta filled with pecorino and pear with buter and sage dressing
Beef fillet with Nobile di Montepulciano wine sauce

Wedding cake

Images by www.loveonphotography.com

Jennie & Berhad Wedding weekend in Tuscany July 2015

Jennie & Berhad Wedding weekend in Tuscany July 2015

Another beautiful wedding weekend together with Jennie & Berhad  who have chosen to stay the weekend in Gargonza with family and friends.
Welcome dinner was then set with a rustic tuscan buffet and among all the plates prepared by Susi and her staff from the restaurant we cannot comment her beautiful Aubergine “parmigiana”, meat and vegetable lasagna and stuffed tomatoes from our vegetable garden.
The setting was simple but in the same time beautiful  at the swimming pool. A spacious garden with the best view over the Val di Chiana and the Vintage lights of Wedding music and lights.
The following day the bride & groom married with a symbolic ceremony in the Lecceta garden. After the ceremony the aperitif and dinner was served in our panoramic room  at the restaurant with the following menu

Prosecco, fruit cocktail
Fried mixed vegetables
Tomato and mozzarella in small cups
Cured meat carpaccio with rucola & parmesan shavings in spoons
Mixed puff pastry

Tuscan ham
Zucchini flan with tomato dressing sauce
Eggplant layers with cheese and tomato sauce
Selection of sheep cheese  with jams
Liver patè bruschetta on tuscan wheat bread

Pear and Pecorino cheese Tortello with butter and sage sauce
Pappardelle pasta with wild boar ragout

Sliced beef meat with Rosemary dressing
Roast potates, mixed salad

A special thanks to Angelica Braccini and Wedding Music and lights. Angelica’s photos have wonderfully captured the emotions of the lovely families, friends and of course our “sposi” Jennie & Berhad! Francesco and Samuele lights create the magical atmosphere and reveal the authenticity of our village.