Visit the Park

Walking around the park during the warm afternoons, when the flowers are blooming or during the autumn days when the ivy covering the Castle of Celsa is coloured in red and yellow, is a pleasure that will remain in your memories for a long time.

Advance booking is requested to visit the park. You can send us an email to info@castellodicelsa.com.

A tour guide in Italian, English or German is available upon written request at the above mail.

Opening times:

– Tuesday: 9 am – 1pm & 3 pm – 6 pm
– Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm

Group bookings of over 10 people can contact the reservation office at the email  info@castellodidelsa.com

The Italian Garden

In front of the Castle built at the beginning of the 13th century and then enlarged and restored by the famous architect Baldasarre Peruzzi, you will be enchanted by the view of the Italian garden. The garden is accessible through a gate framed by pillars decorated with capitals and stone vases, bordered by two small 18th century facades. Hidden on one side a tiny house overlooking Siena, on the other side you find a building designed to shelter the Lemon trees during the cold winter. On the opposite side of the entrance there is a semi-circular fishpond, surrounded by a balustrade with columns.

Defining the green area are boxwood flower beds with geometric shapes that reproduce the coat of arms of the Aldobrandini family, consisting of a star and a rake. After the Second World War it was in fact Luisa Aldobrandini, grandmother of the current owners and passionate and expert gardener, who planted the cypress hedge leading to the fishpond and restored the Italian garden to the original shape.

The "Rocco"

On the north-east side of the Castle there is a vast lawn crossed by an avenue of cypress hedges, modelled in the shape of wavy parapets, which leads to a large semi-circular fishpond, with a wild holm oak behind it, from which a planned wooded garden starts.

The fishpond is characterized on the curved side by a curtain of chain wall, marked by balustrades with columns that alternate with vases. These also mark the meeting of the volutes under which, on a spongy stone background, relief statues of marine deities and dragons are placed.

In the area behind the holm oak wood is crossed by radial avenues that branch off from the fishpond and rejoin through two other concentric paths. In the holm oak wood there is a small cylindrical casino of pleasure, internally frescoed and some works of contemporary art are hidden that blend perfectly into the natural context.

Castello di Celsa Il Rocco
Castello di Celsa Gallery Cappella Intro

The Peruzzi Chapel

The Chapel is located at the intersection of the Park, the Italian garden and the Castle’s highest tower. Designed in the 16th century by Baldassarre Peruzzi, one of the most renowned painter-architects and scenographers of the period. Peruzzi worked both in Siena and in Rome (where he was one of the architects of the St. Peter’s Basilica and was responsible for the outstanding Villa Farnesina and Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne) and contributed to the overall rearrangement of the Castle during those years. Weddings can be celebrated in the small circular chapel, as well as on the green lawn in front.

Castello di Celsa Gallery Cappella Intro