Castello di Poppi



  • Majestic Castello di Poppi designed by Arnolfo di Cambio
  • Stunning views from Park Pratello at the top of the hill
  • Authentic Tuscan experience in the medieval town of Poppi
  • Rilliana Library housed within the castle
Off Trail
Piazza della Repubblica, 1, 52014 Poppi AR, Italy
Days / Time Open:

Open 7 Days
10:00 – 18:00


Welcome to the enchanting Castello di Poppi, a medieval gem nestled in the picturesque Tuscan hills. Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, the same architect behind Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, this castle and its adjoining Park Pratello offer breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience. Lose yourself in the rich history, marvel at the Rilliana Library’s ancient manuscripts, and embrace the authentic atmosphere of the charming town of Poppi. Come, embark on a journey through time and discover a true piece of Tuscan treasure.

Culture & History

The Castello di Poppi’s history dates back to the late 1200s when the powerful Guidi family initiated its construction. Designed by renowned architect Arnolfo di Cambio, the castle has been inhabited since its inception and has served various purposes, from prestigious home to theater, war headquarters to historic site, and even wedding destination to convention hall.

The town of Poppi, steeped in history, is set on a dominant hill in the Casentino Valley, offering panoramic views from its summit. The Guidi family had castles spread throughout Casentino and as far as northern Italy, with a unique communication system using lights and mirrors.

In its prime, the family was known for its bloodthirsty nature and strong military presence. However, their power diminished over time as they divided their wealth and influence amongst their heirs. The famous poet Dante Alighieri is said to have been a guest of the Counts Guidi at the castle during his exile, where he composed the XXXIII canto of the Inferno.