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A Tuscan Treasure: COMO Castello del Nero, Italy

Nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, this 740-acre estate is the manifestation of our most sophisticated Italian dreams.

Located just outside the village of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa in Chianti, within driving distance of Florence and Siena (and offering a free shuttle bus to guests to reach both), COMO Castello Del Nero is the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring the Chianti region.

Set amidst acres of cypress trees, olive groves, vines, and rolling hills, the castle is a truly idyllic getaway. From Michelin-starred food to a fabulous spa, head here to unwind, relax, and enjoy all of life’s greatest pleasures.

The Vibe

Tuscan country house sensibility, with a modern, luxurious finish.

The Rooms

The twelfth-century castle has gone through an extensive refurbishment since being acquired by COMO in 2018. In-room, Renaissance frescoes mix with contemporary design, creating a decadent oasis – we think it’s the perfect spot for a romantic getaway.

Simple elegance, modern comfort, and a nod to tradition sums up the feel of COMO Castello del Nero’s some fifty rooms and suites. Large bedrooms with terracotta floors, grey and pastel accents on whitewashed walls, white marble bathrooms, and beautifully preserved frescoes (courtesy of the listed twelfth-century Tuscan abode) culminate to create a homely yet opulent feel.

The Little Extras 

With two tennis courts, a gym (that organises free daily Pilates and yoga lessons, just FYI), an amazing 25m heated outdoor pool niched in the garden, and a relaxing spa, which includes mixed and female-only saunas as well as wet rooms, it’s impossible to get bored at COMO Castello del Nero.

If you have the time, book a signature massage at COMO Shambhala Retreat to feel completely relaxed and reenergise. Post massage, you’ll feel ready to tackle a new day of exploring (and eating).

The Food + Drink

The food offering at COMO Castello del Nero is truly noteworthy. You can’t visit the castle without trying the mouth-watering, Michelin-starred food cooked up by Executive Chef, Giovanni Luca Di Pirro. Served in the castle’s former stables, La Torre’s menu is a gourmet love letter to Italian cuisine; the chef serves the peninsula’s traditional flavours with a modern and sophisticated twist. From pappa al pomodoro and tender meats, to the most delicious onion soup you will ever eat, a dinner at La Torre is a real must when staying in the region.

For a more informal meal, opt for La Taverna. The poolside restaurant uses the same, carefully selected produce as La Torre and serves a medly of Italian cuisine classics – including pizza – alongside international favourites, like Caesar salad and a moreish club sandwich.

The To-Do List

COMO Castello del Nero offers traditional cookery lessons, seasonal truffle hunting, gelato making lessons, and wine and olive oil tastings, which are carried out in the wonderful setting of the hotel’s 12th-century cellar. In short, there is no need to step foot outside the property in order to have the full Tuscan experience.

However, should curiosity get the best of you, why not take a tour of the vineyards or enjoy a bike ride around the estate. More adventurous guests may opt for a helicopter or balloon ride (available to those brave enough) to explore the region in the utmost style.

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