Set in the splendid countryside, in the hills between Florence and Siena, in the heart of Chianti, in one of the most highly esteemed wine and olive oil producing area, among the vineyards and olive groves, rises La Torre di San Martino.
The medieval Tower has been accurately restored with careful attention to preserving its originality, and to ensure a warm welcome to our guests. Each apartment has been tastefully furnished and equipped with every comfort.
The location has a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the surrounding area called Conca d’Oro (Golden Shell). This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany. All of this beauty can also be enjoyed around the lovely infinity pool located on the property.
The apartments and the rooms are finely equipped with special care to the details. Each has its own outdoor space on the green grassy areas. For our guests there is also a hot tub and sauna located in the room at the base of the Tower.
“Torre al Galestruzzo” is a toponym (landmark) of the territory of Panzano, no longer in use but which was still known until the mid -nineteenth century. The toponym combines two elements that characterize the place: an ancient tower and land containing marl “galestro “. One can find this type of geological variety in different part of the Chianti area. Galestro was used by the artisans to produce terracotta, which is the origin of the well known traditional cotto imprunetino (terracotta of impruneta).
As a matter of fact, even in the “Torre al Galestruzzo”, a furnace has been active for a long time. The tower stands above the surrounding buildings. Like many other towers in the Chianti area of medieval origin, it was built for a military purpose. Later they were converted for agricultural uses, such as dovecote and residence. The tower, located in the center of the agricultural lands, became a farm.
The warm coloured sandstone is laid with regularity and with a modest presence of brick indicating some changes occurred over a long period of time. The oldest entrance and the lower floors have stone architrave with rough-hewn corbel.
This would have been the main side of the wall facing the valley with a regular ashlars arch over the entrance door.
In the ancient administrative division of the territory, based on the religious fabric of the parishes, priories and parishes, the toponym fell under the territory of the pieve of Santa Maria in Monte Ficalle (name later transformed into Fioralle), the people of San Martino and San Leonardo Cecione. The parish church dedicated to San Martino, mentioned in documents since 1163, had annexed a female monastery (convent) in the 12th century. Today it is deconsecrated. It is located not far from the farm along the ancient path that led to the church.