La Torre del Vicario: Relax Medieval Style in Palazzuolo sul Senio
La Torre del Vicario is an exclusive holiday home occupying the top two floors of an ancient tower dating back to the 13th century. Located in the historic center of Palazzuolo sul Senio, the Torre del Vicario has a private garden and terraces equipped with gazebos, tables, chairs, a solarium, and a brick bbq.
With two bathrooms and two double bedrooms, as well as an attic with a double sofa bed, the Torre del Vicario is able to accommodate up to 6 people- a perfect solution for families and couples of friends who want to spend a relaxing holiday together.
The apartment is equipped with three flat-screen TVs with Chromecast and free wi-fi with an ultra-fast fiber connection, perfect for smart working.
Guests will also have access to wood for the fireplace, a bbq with accessories, a set of coffee pods and a tea set with a kettle.
Included: bathroom and bedroom linens as well as a courtesy set and a sweet and personal welcome gift.
Four-legged friends are welcome.
The History of the Tower
The name Vicar does not have any religious connotations but instead, refers to a government official and administrator of justice in the Florentine Republic up until the year 1362.
The Vicar remained in office for one semester and was elected by drawing lots among the most influential men in the village.
The “Torre del Vicario” was a building for both defensive and residential use. At one time, it was part of the complex of the former “Ubaldini houses”, connected both at street level and underground to the current Palazzo dei Capitani.
Today the Palazzo dei Capitani is home to the Upper Mugello Archaeological Museum and the Museum of the Mountain People, two small cultural treasures that we recommend visiting.
The Tower still retains its original architectural features such as the external stone walls, windows, and shelves in pietra serena, part of the beams and internal doors in chestnut, the dovecote holes on the upper turret as well as some slits with “splay” (openings gradually widening towards the internal space) which once served as sighting and defense posts.
Palazzuolo sul Senio
Palazzuolo sul Senio is a small medieval village that is geographically part of the historic region of “Romagna Toscana”. It is linguistically and culturally Romagna, but historically ruled since the end of the fourteenth century by Florence and Tuscany.
These aspects of a “border territory” make it a very unique combination of the two regions which is reflected in all aspects of the local culture. The spoken dialect, customs, and renowned local cuisine give visitors a taste of a nearly forgotten history.
Palazzuolo sul Senio, awarded the title of one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” and that of an “Ideal Village of Italy”, is surrounded by the greenery of the Apennines and enjoys a pleasant mountain climate despite being 437 above sea level.
The town is in a great location for quickly reaching some of the most famous art cities such as Florence, Bologna, Ravenna and many others by car. The Tower and the surrounding area, characterized by mountains and hills, is the ideal location for all nature lovers. Hiking, mountain biking, trekking, nordic walking, adventure trails, horseback riding, motorbike tourism, tennis, fishing, and hunting are all practiced here.
Less than 100 m away from the Tower, you’ll find the Italian Alpine Club’s (CAI) main routes as well as those of the municipality.