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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Fairytale-like Tuscan estate with a creative restaurant, hot spring spa, and sweeping vineyard views

The Lowdown

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

Castello di Velona SPA Resort & Winery
Località Velona
Montalcino, 53024 Italy


4.5 Very Good 854 Reviews
Pure rest and relaxation
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our first time in Tuscany and we are so glad we picked Castello do Velona. It’s right in the heart of the most beautiful place in Tuscany, the castle suite we stayed at was impeccable (best sleep we’ve had all trip) and the service was top notch. Breakfast every morning is very good as well, we barely made it everyday but they were glad to accommodate us and still provide great service. They have nice personal touches like a mama delivers your daily temperature reading and travel trip paper and some more towels, they call you instead of a paper with notes for things like fire alarm, they come over to ask how’s your stock at the bar. Also the thermal pool was amazing. We most of the jets and they were fun. Best to hop in at night to avoid being sunburnt and also see some stars over the valley. Absolutely loved it and we hop to come back again soon!

A Romantic retreat in the heart of Tuscany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castello di Velona far exceeded everything I had imagined of a Tuscany vacation.
From the moment you glare the castle from the far distance in the rolling hills of Tuscany, you realize that this will be a different kind of holiday.
The arrival was very smooth thanks to the wonderful host and general manager Mr. Fabiani, who escorted me to the lobby for a cocktail and warm welcome.
While walking the grounds I noticed the sunset and was perplexed as I had never seen anything quite like it. You could see the sunlight touching the edge of the vineyards and making it seem unreal.
The room I was assigned was like out of a fairytale. High ceiling, comfortable, spacious,Soft bedding, double doors opening to a romantic patio overlooking the vineyards and most impressive the bathroom. At first I heard background Music coming from the bathroom and thought it could not get any better.
Then…..I discovered I had the option of converting bathroom into spa withThermal waters. What an experience!!!! I felt like a queen in my own castle!!!

The most precious and WOW moment happened on my last night after dinner , Mr. Fabiani had prepared an amazing farewell celebration on the grounds of theThermal pools! Can you imagine being out at night looking at the stars sheltered by the warmth of the thermals? Add to that a champagne glass with Prosseco,
While listening to the opera song O SOLE MIO !!!. What a magic moment, it was better than any romantic movie ever produced. I will forever treasure CASTELLO DI VELONA in my heart.

F L A W L E S S ! ! !
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel is gorgeous! It’s views are beyond spectacular. Everywhere you look is absolutely stunning, it’s inspiring, it’s peaceful, it’s enchanting, it’s mesmerizing, it fills you with gratitud and happiness! It’s perfect for a writer to get inspiration! It’s an artists muse! I loved every inch of it- The rooms are spacious and very nicely decorated, my favorite part was the bed sheets and the bathroom as it has a tub where you can bathe with the thermal water. The indoor/outdoor thermal pools... amazing! The outdoor gym? Fabulous! The restaurants offer exquisite food... it’s Brunello wine? To die for... I loved everything about my experience there and completely recommend it a billion percent!

Stunning Hotel and friendly staff
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just returned from a lovely stay in a sunset room at Castello di Velona. The hotel is stunning, on a hill top overlooking the hills of Montalcino, and the castle has been restored with historical integrity with modern amenities and beautiful rooms, and public spaces. We ate at the hotel two nights and the food was fantastic as well as their own Brunello wine and local olive oil produced at the winery. The General Manager was wonderful and very accessible during our stay, as well as the staff who were very attentive, while remaining discreet - we never saw a housekeeping cart or staff in the hallways once, but our rooms were impeccably kept. The thermal spas are a wonderful way to refresh after touring the area during the day. The views are amazing from everywhere in the hotel - you feel as if you are staying in a friend's luxury home!

Wonderful November stay at Castello di Velona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful stay at the castle. The thermal pools & view far exceeded my expectations. The concierge was wonderful with coordinating our requests & schedule all of the wineries we wanted to visit along with a driver at our disposal per hour/$$. All staff were very polite & hospitable. Food and wine were all great. The only thing I we would have enjoyed more would be better linens in the room, but we found this to be the case throughout most of our stay in different areas of Italy even at the nicest hotels. Would also be nice if they offered room service. Perhaps they do "in season". Arranged a car for us for our next stop which was Rome that was also reasonably priced. I'm sure staying here during the season is even more amazing. It is nice that there aren't many rooms so you feel special & private and do not see many other guests often. - Jackie & Charlie