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Surrounded by 740 acres of rolling Tuscan hills in the Chianti region, COMO Castello del Nero is a beautifully converted 12th century castle with fantastic facilities.
The 50 rooms and suites have been carefully designed to brighten and modernise the original building, while still retaining numerous authentic features such as ornate 18th century frescoes and vaulted ceilings. All of the rooms also have wonderful views of the olive groves and vineyards, where deer and wild boar are regular visitors. Though the colour scheme is consistently a stylish white, grey and cream, each room has a different layout, style and decor, and most feature wooden beamed ceilings, 'cotto' floors and bathrooms decorated with marble and mosaics.
A major monument to 12th century architecture, Castello del Nero is under the protection of the Italian Fine Arts Commission and at night it looks even more beautiful against a backlit row of 150-year old Cyprus trees.
The hotel's top notch La Torre restaurant serves gourmet Tuscan food and the finest of the region's wines in an elegant dining room. There is also the more relaxed La Taverna, which serves classic Italian dishes in the castle's original kitchen, and Pavilion, which offers Mediterranean dishes al fresco throughout the summer.
To keep guests entertained during their stay, the hotel has a luxurious wellness centre with a sauna, steam room, several treatment rooms, a yoga studio and fantastic views of the surrounding vineyards. There is also a state-of-the-art gym, a heated outdoor swimming pool and two floodlit tennis courts. Additionally, guests can enjoy activities such as wine tasting, cooking or cocktail classes, truffle hunting and numerous walking or biking trails.
The castle has an excellent provenance - once belonging to the Del Nero family, who were priors and mayors in the city of Florence.
Kate L, Original Traveller