COMO Castello Del Nero
What We Love
- A 400-year-old Lebanon Cedar tree by the hotel’s entrance
- Roman-inspired treatments at the onsite Shambhala Retreat spa
- Estate-to-table Tuscan fare at the property’s Michelin-starred restaurant, La Torre
- Original 18th-century frescoes on some of the guest room walls
What To Know
- For the best valley views, book Room 212
- The 12th-century cellar doubles as a setting for wine and olive oil tastings
- Heritage Suites are decked with fireplaces
- The resort is a 30-minute drive from Florence’s international airport
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Former nobleman's estate turned spellbinding Tuscan hideaway, on the doorstep of the Chianti region
Everything about this 750-acre estate, from the Italianate gardens to the 10,000-square-foot spa (rare for this part of Italy), is majestic. Split between the original 12th-century castle and a neighboring 18th-century farm building, the 50 guest rooms either exude an earthy countryside charm (think wood-beamed ceilings and bright floral fabrics) or a palatial polish harking back to its castle days (keep an eye out for the coats of arms belonging to both families that once owned this property). The showstopper is undoubtedly the Galway Suite, a double-height bedroom with Tuscan columns and an extra spacious terrace named for a famous Irish flautist (a friend of the current hotel owner). For guests who aren’t lucky enough to book Room 222, a Duplex Suite equipped with a cascading 30-foot shower, there’s the subliminal spa. Lined with Bisazza tile, the restorative expanse is complete with a vitality pool and ten private treatment chambers, where you can (and should) opt for the massage that uses estate olive oil as you gaze out towards the rolling hills.
In the Area
It’s best to explore this picturesque estate on foot. Lucky for you, the property has four tailored hikes, which wind through nearby lakes, forests, olive groves, and vineyards. For indoor fun, sign up for a cooking class with Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro, who uses ingredients from the kitchen garden to craft an unforgettable Tuscan lunch. Thanks to a partnership with the Astronomical Observatory of Chianti, hotel guests now have the option to stargaze with a local astrologer on the castle terrace. To explore the renowned art galleries of nearby Siena and Florence, hop on a complimentary shuttle, which the property offers multiple times a day.
How to Get There
We had a lovely stay here overall! We stayed in one of the least expensive base rooms and it was absolutely dreamy! View of the gorgeous grounds out of the bedroom window. It was one of the most gorgeous designs of a room/hotel I’ve ever seen. The bed was amazingly comfortable and they had American movies on the tv included which was a nice touch. The staff was attentive and friendly. The grounds are gorgeous and the location is great. Not too far off the beaten path and restaurants and shopping within 5 minutes. Make sure you get a menu for the free included breakfast as the Buffett spread is very unimpressive. No one gave us a menu the first day and we were super disappointed in breakfast. The next day, we were given a menu and ordered the French toast and bacon, DELICIOUS! Last, I loved the turndown service and olive oil parting gift, such a nice touch!
One one and only complaint is that EVERYTHING is crazy expensive here. We were fine with paying the $550 a night for the room; however the drinks are outrageously priced in the bar, the spa is insanely priced and we asked reception how much it would be to get a ride to a restaurant 5 mins away (2 miles) and they were going to charge us 80 Euros!!! We opted out and drove ourself the 5 minutes. I would definitely recommend a car if you stay at this hotel since their car service is ridiculously expensive and there is no taxi service in the area. I’d like to say I’d stay here again, but wouldn’t use any of their onsite amenities which kinda defeats the purpose of spending that much money on the room.
We stayed here for 4 nights in late September of this year (2019) during our honeymoon and me and my husband were both so so happy with this place! The hotel is beautiful, the views are stunning, the grounds are so magical and there are some really nice walks/hikes you can go on (bring some bug spray there is the occasional mosquito in the early evening). The staff is extremely accommodating and friendly. But I think the thing that stood out was the attention to detail; turn down service left you a bottle of water on your nightstand every night, housekeeping was like ninjas waiting until the minute you left the room to tidy in the morning, everyone bent The only let down was the restaurant by the pool it’s overpriced and the food wasn’t anything special but, but Le Torre was great definitely go there if you can. Really can’t say enough great things about this place.
A beautiful hotel with stunning Tuscan views. Picture postcard perfect. The whole hotel has been tastefully done. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The staff are without exception welcoming, super helpful and friendly. Particular mention to the Concierge who is a fount of knowledge and ideas. Overall service is hard to beat. The food is varied, interesting and tasty. Great wine list with an excellent Sommelier. Very good breakfast. Nice tennis courts and a really good long pool for those that like to do their lengths. The spa and the gym are top notch. My wife loved her massage. The location could not be better equidistant between Florence and Sienna and near to gems like Passignano, Radda in Chianti and Greve in Chianti. Our best day was exploring the local area on electric bikes, really fun and so so beautiful. I wish we could have stayed longer. We will definitely be back.