We’ve been looking at castle hotels in Britain, Spain, and France, and perhaps it’s about time to complete the trinity of romantic countries by looking at the castle hotels that one can visit in Italy. There are a lot of beautiful castle hotels in Italy, as much, perhaps, as in Spain and France, so if you find yourself in the country, you might consider visiting some of these castle hotels. We’ll run down at five castle hotels and look at photos of them.
1. Castello di Spaltenna, Gaiole in Chianti
Castello di Spaltenna is also located in the Chianti region, in the village of Gaiole. It is just a few minutes distance from most renowned towns of the Chianti Classico wine region such as Radda, Panzano, Castellina, Greve and Castelnuovo Berardenga. Surrounded by vineyards and woods, the medieval hamlet of Spaltenna includes a fortified monastery with a cloister and a bell tower dating from 1000 AD. The castle itself dates back to 1030. Facilities and activities include a wellness Center, wine and oil therapy treatments, a Turkish bath, indoor (heated) and outdoor swimming-pools. Siena and Florence are within easy reach.
– from Slow Italy
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Grand Hotel dei Castelli is situated on the peninsula of Sestri Levante, to complete the beautiful scenario of natural park where the Green of Mediterranean vegetation melts with the colors of the sea.
Over the impressive portal created from the ancient town walls, you get the impression of entering another time. The senses carry in a dimension where the charm of history and art melt with the masterpieces of nature. From the promontory you can comfortably reach the center of the town, the sea promenade and the marina simply using the private lift.
– from the hotel’s website
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3. Castelleto di Montebinichi, Bucine
This castle hotel is located in Tuscany, in the Chianti wine region between Arezzo and Siena. It’s a hilltop 12th century castle, and provides a great opportunity for guests to try out the gastronomic delights of the region.
Image credit: Castle website
Once a site of ancient Roman ruins, the palazzo was built by the once powerful, aristocratic Dragoni family, who made their fortune from vast agricultural estates and in public administration. Today’s building probably took the place of an even older palazzo, during a time when Spoleto experienced a cycle of wealth and expansion. The Dragoni family’s crest was a shield, featuring the heads of three gold dragons against a red background, later becoming three green heads on a gold background.
– from Castle and Palace Hotels
Image credit: Palazzo Dragoni website
This 12th-century fortified convent was once an ecclesiastical feudal holding and Arab country home. Its fortifications served to defend the property against Barbary pirates who sailed the Mediterranean under Turkish protection. In the 16th century, the Knights of the Order of San Giovanni from the nearby island of Malta inhabited the structure. Two hundred years later, a wealthy landowning family of the area, the Nifos, acquired the property, and its present-day descendant, Vicenze Jolanda Nifos, has restored and converted the property into a charming and elegant hotel.
– from Castle and Palace Hotels
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