Aerial view of Castello del Nero
Castello del Nero
This beautifully converted 12th century castle is nestled in the undulating hills of the Chianti region of Tuscany. Siena, Florence and Pisa are just a stone's throw away and you can take your pick from superb local Chianti wineries.
At a Glance
Castello del Nero is perfectly located right in the Chianti, a stone's throw away from Florence, Siena and Pisa
Michelin-starred restaurant, La Torre showcases the best of Italian and Tuscan gastronomy
The clever blending of 12th century castle and modern comforts are an unbeatable combination
Castello del Nero features a state of the art ESPA spa
The Castello del Nero wine estate produces some excellent red wine which you can sample
Hosted by the hotel’s Sommelier, wine tasting in the cellar is a must for all wine lovers.Scott Dunn team
Learn to cook with Executive Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro and enjoy your dishes for lunch.Scott Dunn team
A must for a meal out is a stop at both La Toppa and Antica Scuderia, two tiny local restaurants serving up traditional Tuscan dishes.Scott Dunn team
Enjoy excellent and beautifully prepared Tuscan cuisine on the terrace of La Torre Restaurant with a stunning background of the surrounding hills and rolling countryside. Dine during the summer by the pool on freshly grilled fish and meat dishes washed down with their delicious white local wine.Jules Maury
The property dates back to the 9th Century and has the original Borgo community buildings (school, chapel etc.)Charlotte Smith
The hotel is a 10 minute walk to the local village of Tavarnelle which offers a local trattorias and pizzerias.Scott Dunn team
Castello del Nero boasts an enviable location within easy reach of Florence, Siena and Pisa, as well as benefiting from a setting within 650 acres of prime Tuscan countryside. This destination is a veritable Tuscan retreat, complete with a state of the art ESPA spa.
A sojourn at Castello del Nero is like a journey back in time. Many of the 12th century features of the castle are still evident with vivid frescoes, adornments bearing the family crest, charming vaulted ceilings and original furnishings. A selection of sumptuously decorated rooms and suites skilfully combine old and new décor ensuring comfort and luxury are key without compromising on charm.
Outside the castle, your eye will be drawn to the incredible panoramic vistas of olive groves and vineyards. Day trips to Siena, Florence and Pisa can be planned as well as wine tasting, horse riding excursions and cookery classes. You can even go truffle hunting in season.
Castello del Nero is home to Tuscany's first destination spa. ESPA branded, the spa offers a range of signature treatments featuring unique hot and cold spa experiences.
The hotel features the La Torre Gourmand Restaurant, awarded with 1 Michelin Star. La Torre offers dinners a unique gastronomic experience; guests are pampered by attentive and discreet service while savouring the signature dishes of our Executive Chef. The cuisine is all based on authentic Italian flavors, using many home grown produce. A sumptuous breakfast each morning offering a vast array of fruits, cereals, cheeses and homemade pastries as well as breakfast cooked to order. La Taverna which offers typical Tuscan recipes and grill and is open for lunch and dinner. Located in the former castle’s kitchen or during warm month’s guests may sit outside at “La Taverna by the pool” and enjoy the beautiful landscape while dining.
A complimentary shuttle bus operates on alternate days to Florence and Siena with a morning departure and evening return, perfect for exploring both of these stunning cities.
Just 50 rooms combine to make Castello del Nero a small, intimate destination. Of the 50, there are 5 luxurious suites decorated by the Italian Fine Art Commission.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at Castello del Nero. There are some interconnecting rooms available to comfortably accommodate families.
ESPA at Castello Del Nero is an all singing all dancing hotel spa offering a myriad selection of treatments and facilities. The hotel's Michelin-starred La Torre Gourmand Restaurant offers dinners a unique gastronomic experience while La Taverna serves traditional Tuscan fare. Relax after supper on the terrace or retire to the hotel bar nestled in the castle's former kitchens. Sip a digestif while perusing the vast wine list, the contents of which are stored safely in the castle's original wine cellar.
Chianti and Tuscany are a positive hub of things to do and places to see and explore. Wine tasting, cookery classes, day trips to marvel at Renaissance architecture and priceless art in Florence, Pisa and Siena. There are ample opportunities for the golfing and tennis enthusiast as well as more unusual excursions such as truffle hunting, picnicking by the lake, horse riding and biking though the Tuscan countryside. Not to mention hot air ballooning over the hills of Chianti and the famous Palio horse race in Siena.
The hotel boasts a 1000sq.m ESPA spa and an Olympic sized outdoor heated swimming pool. Wine tasting, cooking classes and truffle hunting are all arranged by the hotel too.
Location & Directions
Castello del Nero is situated in the town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, in the heart of the Chianti wine region in Tuscany.
When to go
The Mediterranean climate makes Tuscany a year round destination. It is important to remember that the main tourism season stretches from mid-April to the end of September with July and August being peak months. The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are "fewer" tourists. Many have also discovered the advantages of visiting during the "low season" (winter and early spring) as rates are lower and the reduced number of tourists is visible. Castello del Nero is closed during January and February.