Neri, how does it feel to own a castle which has been in the family for more than 300 years?Neri Guicciardini (NC):
It is natural for me. I have been brought up here, I have also contributed to the re-birth of this place - I played with my toys in the restored apartments while my mother was busy with getting ready for the start of the holiday season. Imagine – I still remember going to the first offices where we would collect the fax messages for the summer reservations of our guests. Naturally, we had no Internet, emails, booking systems. Pure 18th
century – this is what comes to your mind first but NO! It was just 30 years ago! Now I run the family business and my concern is to keep the place, look after it and pass it in the future generation's safe hands. CnP
: You belong to a noble Italian family. Please tell me a few words about yourself.NC
: My family is famous for the 15th
century writer Francesco Guicciardini who lived and worked when the Medici ruled the Republic of Florence. Gargonza
has actually came in our family through an important family which was very much connected with the Medici. I am 45 years old, a father of two daughters (aged 16 and 12). My wife works in the hotel as well. You know I studied to be a lawyer but I have been attracted to Gargonza since my childhood. When my father passed away in 2016 I took over – it was the legacy he left behind to us. I have permanently worked at Gargonza since 2004. Well, what can I say - I love walking and riding my bicycle around the village and I also play piano.