Castello San Felice
Enchanting first-class and exclusive
castle with 20 apartments.Perched on top of a gentle hill and boasting
a beautiful view over the Tuscan landscape is this majestic castle
which dates back to 18th century. It has been carefully restored
throughout the last few decades. Frescoes have been preserved and
you can see them inside the restaurant. The castle was built in a
typical Tuscan area in which there was also a small Church called
Chiesa di San Felice. Now the church is only open during occasional
Masses and important religious events. It is also called "sull'Ombrone"
from the nearby river of the village of San Felice. Originally the
castle belonged to the noble family of Vivarelli Colonna from Pistoia.
On 30th October 1754, Andrea Colonna, Gabriello Vivarelli's son,
bought a piece of woodland area, a holding and a villa on the right
side of the church, previously owned by Antonio Tani, from the Law
Court of Pistoia. He became rich thanks to a Tuscan lottery winning
which deprived the Grand Duke of almost all of his money. But Andrea
Colonna gave up one part of his winnings and the Grand Duke said to
him gratefully: "You are my 'colonna' (pillar)", Holding him with
tears in his eyes and he wanted to join the two surnames Colonna and
Vivarelli. The Grand Duke drew the coat of arms, which consists in a
pillar surmounted with seven stars and a half-white-and-half-black
moon. But, maybe, this is only a fairy-tale.
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All apartments are brightly lit,
with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Each
apartment is tastefully furnished and has TV, telephone and a
heating system. Every apartment is different both in structure
and in location. The following is a general indication of the
various types of apartments available at "Castello San Felice"
There are three main types: 1-room apartment, 2-room apartment,
-1-Room Apartment (30 m2, 2+1): A living-room with
with either a sofa bed or a double bed. Bathroom with shower.
2-Room Apartment (50 m2, 2+2 guests): Kitchen,
living-room with a double sofa bed. Double bedroom and a
bathroom with shower.
3-room apartment (70 m2, 5+1 guests): Kitchen,
a double sofa bed. Two double bedrooms and a bathroom with
shower or bath-tub.
Bedding, towels and tablecloths are provided in every apartment.
All areas in the apartment are tastefully and stylishly
thanks to a carefully selected colour scheme of warm, pastel
The perfect environment for natural beauty and relaxation,
can relax and enjoy swimming in the pool or pleasant hiking and
cycling trips around the stunning landscape of the valley or
along the Tiber shores. For those of you who prefer to indulge
in sporting activities:
visitors can make their own trekking and cycling excursions
throughout the rare natural scenery or choose from a range of
cross-country routes documented in special maps.
Castello di San Felice is in a strategic position for those who
want to enjoy all aspects of Tuscan culture. It's very close to
Pistoia and its province are most interesting from a touristic
of view because of the abundance and the immense variety of its
natural, artistical and ecological attractions. The town is of
origin, situated in a charming position at the foot of the
Appennines on the highway Firenze-Mare from Florence to the sea,
Pistoia is the administrative capital of its province and an
agricultural and industrial centre (Breda), rich in monuments
bearing witness of its flourishing medieval period. A
market (Wednesday and Saturday) is held in "Piazza del Duomo"
and around the nearby streets. "Piazza della Sala" holds the
vegetable market. The Antiques market is held every second
Saturday and Sunday of the month. A tourist attraction of
character is the zoo "Cittą di Pistoia", very modern and
in a lovely position 4 kilometres from the town, where you will
see the cultivation of ornamental plants, renowned all over the
The closest towns are:
Pistoia 12 Km.
Siena 80 Km.
Florence 45 Km.
Montecatini Terme 17 Km.
Pisa 65 Km.
Viareggio (sea coast) 70 Km.