Welcome to Castelmuzio, a small village along the road that from Trequanda leads to Pienza, in the Orcia Valley. Everything here seems suspended in time, in the moment when grace and kindness discovered the pleasure of Italy’s “buon vivere”. The town center is made up of narrow streets that converge into the main square, dominated by the Casa Torre – which used to serve as the city hall, but has been known as Palazzo Fratini since the 18th century. A little further down is the Belvedere: a terrace over the region’s olive groves and beautiful hills.
The whole town is like a bridge between the present and a utopian vision of serenity and poetry, focus of the Castelmuzio Borgo Salotto Association since 2015. Co-founder Isabella Barlocher has well described the project’s goal: “If you dream alone, it’s just a dream. But if you dream together, something real begins. The residents, farmers and entrepreneurs that live in Castelmuzio every day must have seen this and felt this way. They love their town with heart and memories, and today they want Castelmuzio to be alive, and to welcome new visitors like me.”
Thanks to the Association’s work, residents make their skills available to the community and have turned the town into a place of culture, beauty and hospitality. Local entrepreneurs are also strongly engaged as patrons: for example, they sponsored the renovation of the Belvedere terrace, now a convivial “sitting room” where economic as well as social value can grow.
Today, Castelmuzio is like an aristocratic home, furnished in style and loved with great passion by the people who live in it and experience it every day.
Castelmuzio, hamlet of Trequanda (Siena)