THE AWARD-WINNING, family owned 12th century Castello Del Nero in Tuscany, in the heart of the Chianti region, offers everything to be desired for an authentic Tuscan experience.
The hotel is set within 740 acres of rolling hills, with stunning mediaeval frescoes, marble and mosaic bathrooms, and an exquisite 1000sq.m. ESPA spa, the largest destination spa in the whole of the region.
An unforgettable destination that soothes the mind, body and soul with a blend of luxury, historical culture and romance, summer 2016 sees Castello Del Nero celebrating its 10th anniversary with an array of special experiences for its guests.
Boasting incredible views of rolling hills, rustic farmhouses, olive groves and vineyards, the striking interiors of the castle are steeped in history with fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, original frescoes and Del Nero and Torrigiani family crests. Fifty bespoke rooms and suites combine authentic opulence with enchanting vistas of the valley or manicured courtyard, and all the modern luxuries expected of a 5* hotel. An outdoor heated pool and use of the two fabulous tennis courts provides the finishing touches.
The team at Castello Del Nero are passionate about providing an unforgettable luxury experience with distinct Tuscan charm for every guest.
Activities are varied and plentiful. Daily olive oil and wine tastings take place at 5.40pm, offering guests the opportunity to sample the best of the region’s local offerings. Cookery classes can be arranged for two to six people, personally designed by Executive Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro to demonstrate Giovanni and his team’s outstanding knowledge and passion for Italian cuisine. Guests enjoy the dishes they have prepared during lunch that day and receive an embossed apron, diploma and copies of the Giovanni’s recipes following the class.
Day trips to Florence and Siena take place regularly for guests to visit the many sights and cultural attractions, including the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi gallery and Florence Cathedral in Florence, and Siena Cathedral, Biblioteca Piccolomini and Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Truffle hunting for wine and food lovers (and future foragers!) is offered to guests who wish to know more about the fascinating world of Tuscan truffles. During a truffle walk in the local forest, the licensed truffle hunter shares his knowledge on the local varieties of truffles, and where to find them. A truffle-themed lunch is then served and enjoyed to complete the experience.
Horse Riding – Private lessons with professional trainers for all levels are available, and guests can choose between a gentle hack in the countryside or a lesson inside the horse-riding school. Ponies are also available for younger children.
Discover Tuscany on a Vespa Piaggio – Enjoy the magnificent Tuscan countryside on this iconic Italian scooter. Drive through quaint old villages and glorious vineyards, and breathe in the rich scents and aromas from flora, fauna and local vines. Alternatively, rent a Fiat 500. The design, which is now considered as a modern classic, ensures guests will enjoy an authentic local driving experience with a little pizazz and finesse, in a dynamic motorcar that is as Italian as Tuscany itself.
For guests wanting the ultimate in relaxation, the Spa is the perfect place to escape, be pampered and forget the stress of the everyday life. Boasting the globally renowned, prestigious ESPA as spa partner, the Spa covers an area of approximately 1000sq.m. and has ten luxury treatment rooms.
In a refined atmosphere where music, scents and colours contribute to the pleasure of wellness, the Spa offers guests a variety of treatments, including a Wellness Heat Experience with cromotherapy showers, ice fountain, sauna, Turkish flavoured bath, outdoor Jacuzzi (heated at 37°C, covered by an impressive porch) and a relaxation area overlooking the magnificent panorama of Chianti.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary spa, Castello Del Nero has put together the Castello Del Nero Gold Package – using Tuscan virgin olive oil in a ritual that will relax body and mind. The package combines a foot ritual and back exfoliation with a luxurious facial and a stress-relieving scalp massage.
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