Castello di Velona SPA Resort & Winery
What We Love
- A fairytale castle setting
- A fab spa with sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi, as well as indoor and outdoor pools
- Close to the Brunello vineyards that made Montalcino famous?
- Large rooms that marry comfort with a real sense of place
- Sweeping views from every angle of the estate
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Rooms in the older part of the castle are more atmospheric than the new spa units
- The unprotected position on the hillside means that it is frequently windy
- The restaurant, while creative, is a little fancy, so if you have kids in tow it is better to order room service and then eat dinner adults-only
- It is a bit of a drive to most sites and villages, so it’s best to rent a car
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A former 12th-century watchtower, Castello di Velona Resort & Spa overlooks Montalcino and the surrounding Tuscan hills. Beyond the fairy tale setting, the 46-room luxe castle is particularly notable for its hot spring spa, creative restaurant with a huge terrace and suites that mix contemporary amenities like flat-screens and modern showers with beautiful original details. Best of all is the hotel’s proximity to some of Tuscany’s most famous Brunello vineyards, just south of Siena.
In the Area
There are about 200 producers of Brunello in the area, and you can visit many of them, including Ciacci Piccolomini, with its friendly, English-speaking staff. Sant’ Antimo abbey, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful, is still a working Benedictine monastery. If you arrive at 12:45 p.m. you will hear the monks chanting, which only adds to the mystical atmosphere. Although Montalcino has plenty of restaurants, the small town of San Angelo in Colle is more of an insider’s secret. Local Brunello producers and foodies book tables at Il Leccio, whose encyclopedic wine list is accompanied by great dishes like melt-in-your-mouth ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach.
How to Get There
Walking into a dream. Almost hard to believe this place is real. Staff, food, views, rooms, Spa... all impossibly perfect. Location may be the most beautiful place on earth. Just go. See the fantastic Rosaria when you arrive.
From the moment we walked in the door we were treated like royalty. The welcome experience was wonderful with a glass of procesco. We had lunch while we wiated for our rooms to be ready. The room was very clean, with welcome water and cookies and a personalized note. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom large and plenty of room for storate. I was in room 41, near the entrace of the spa area but it was very quiet and i ever heard anyone in the halls. The staff was lovely, always making sure we had everyhting we needed and asked if they could help us in any way. We had dinner in both reataurants (was only there for two nights) Dinner was excellent both nights. Breakfast was also good, with lots of selections. The property was clean and quiet with people of all ages, young and older. The hotel is aperfect place to unwind, yet the area still has lots to do. Montalcino is very close and a great place to spend the afternoon, or even have dinner. I highly recomend this hotel, the view is outstanding, simply amazing really. What a wonderful find!
Everything about the Castello was wonderful. Starting with the outstanding greeting and service. The views are simply amazing. There is so much attention to detail with all aspects, including service, food, spa, wine and the pools. Everyone there was friendly and knowledgeable. The wines were delicious and carefully selected. The breakfast was lovely with delicious breads and anything else you may like. The Thermal Pools were so relaxing and healing. Allow yourself enough time to enjoy them. The rooms were uniquely decorated and had nice amenities.