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
The Castello di Velona is a clear standout property in Tuscany! My overall experience from arrival to departure was amazing and I would highly recommend the property for anyone visiting Tuscany - actually for anyone wanting to experience the 'proper' Tuscany with the views, wine and culinary experience.
The arrival drive experience was very unique and one can see the property from miles away on top of the hill. My room was very spacious and features a private and spacious balcony, from which I had a spectacular view onto the rolling hills of Montalcino. The property has its own vineyard - try the house wine, it is divine. The staff were very friendly, attentive and spoke good English. The resort also features a sizable spa with its very own thermal pools - this just takes the overall guest experience over the top!
Spectacular views combined with a wonderful spa make this castle a perfect place to stay during your trip to Tuscany. The views from all sides of the property can’t be topped. In addition, the thermal pools, jacuzzis, steam room and spa amenities are a perfect place to relax for the day while soaking up Tuscany.
We had the sunset junior suite during our stay. The room was a good size with a nice large bathroom and closet. In addition, we had an outdoor terrace with amazing views of the Tuscan countryside. There was a massage room with a massage table that attached to our room which was a little out of the ordinary. We did not use this room; therefore, it felt like wasted space and strange given it led directly into the spa and felt like a bit of a privacy concern. However, that didn’t impact our stay. The one thing in the room that does need upgraded is the shower, it is tiny. It is strange to have such a small shower given how nice and spacious the remainder of the room felt.
We had wonderful service throughout our stay- from the bellmen to the wait staff at the pool and lobby lounge- we had no complaints regarding the staff. Yes the food and beverage prices are high, but that is clearly documented in other reviews so no need to reiterate. During our stay, there was only 1 dinner option each night. Perhaps this is due to the seasonal timing, but we ordered room service a couple of nights because we didn’t want a 6 course expensive dinner menu. My recommendation would be to plan a few dinners out if you would like variety and to save some money.
I’d recommend this hotel to any traveler in the area.
The rooms are nice size, there is an amazing pool area (heated pool) and the views are wonderful. The Settimo Senso restaurant was open every night that we were there and we had a group dinner in the il Brunello restaurant--il Brunello was traditional, whereas Settimo Senso was more cutting edge---we preferred Settimo Senso. A few suggestions---I would recommend they have the buffet breakfast in the il Brunello space---it works in the main lobby, but there are not enough regular dining tables, if that is your preference. Second, I would also recommend that they not turn off the air conditioning in the hotel in October--the windows do not have screens and it appears that when it is turned off, it is off for the entire resort--there were rooms that were too warm.
While traveling across Italy, our stop for a few days in Montalcino brought us to this wonderful castle on top of Montalcino overlooking the glorious expanse of Tuscany. Our room was over the top with gorgeous views as far as the eye can see. We spent the days relaxing in their spas that basically cover the entire property. Some of the best saunas we have encountered got plenty of use as well. In the evening. the sunsets were magnificent. We followed those with dinner at the Brunello restaurant on the property. While a bit pricey, the food and service made it worthwhile. The staff, especially Gianluca, the GM, and Rosario at the front desk. made our stay all the more pleasant. The breakfast buffet was outstanding with fresh fruit, pastries, smoked salmon and fabulous cappuccino. Everyone aimed
to please. Since the property is also a winery,
we could not pass up the opportunity, after discussing it with the wonderful sommelier, Manuela, to purchase some of the best 2010 Brunello Montalcino we had while in Tuscany. A great property uniquely situated with great food and service. We could not ask for anything more and will plan to return.
My husband and I just stayed at the Castello di Velona for a few days. What a spectacular place to be! The hotel itself is especially beautiful and Tuscan views can’t be beat. The service is phenomenal, and the entire staff from the valet up through the general manager are kind, polite, friendly and professional. They really go all out to make sure you are happy and content. The rooms are well-appointed. We stayed in a castle room but one day hope to splurge on the new World Heritage UNESCO rooms with in-room thermal spas. Don’t miss the thermal pools and spa area. And be sure to catch the sunset. Two things are a bit of a drawback— only one very expensive restaurant open on property right now and It has a limited menu. They do, however, go out of their way to try to accommodate your food desires and dietary restrictions. The other drawback is you are about 20 minutes fro the small town of Montalcino itself. We would totally stay at this property again