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Hotel Reviews: COMO Castello Del Nero

COMO Castello Del Nero: where romance meets well-being.

A romantic destination par excellence, Castello Del Nero is a luxury hotel set in a 12th-century castle in the rolling Chianti countryside.

Pack your chicest bikini, this is Italy at its most stylish. With its creamy stone, soft color palette, and mix of ancient antiques and modern amenities, the hotel is a lesson in understated elegance. It’s cool in every sense of the word.

Set in 740 acres of stunningly beautiful countryside, it offers an escape from everyday life. The food is delicious, with dishes created from estate-to-table ingredients bursting with flavor.

Then, if you can tear yourself away from sunbathing in the new outdoor pool, the spa is seriously impressive (and this reviewer has seen plenty of it). All floating curtains, best in class therapists and spacious fitness areas. There is a full spa suite and luxurious treatment rooms. The spa also offers free yoga classes in its sunny outdoor fitness area.


The beautiful cities of Florence and Siena are nearby and the hotel offers a free shuttle to reach them.

Hotel Castello Del Nero Reviews

Rooms and facilities

All rooms are spacious and serene. Decorated in duck blue, plaster pink and whitewashed parquet, they offer a view of the Tuscan hills. Some feature 18th century frescoes. All have comfortable beds covered in crisp white linens.

A new focus on wellness means the spa has seen some serious investment. Unlike some hotels, whose spas are hidden away in basements, the Shambhala Retreat brings the outdoors in. Think of relaxation areas open to the countryside and a gym in the forest. The treatments are truly effective, with French brand Guinot offering facials and Shambhala offering massages soaked in essential oils that will rejuvenate even the most stressed souls. NB I had the best body scrub I have ever had here.

Food and drink

A Bellini on the sunny terrace at golden hour is a pinch moment for me.


The hotel has three restaurants. The Michelin-starred La Torre and the more laid-back Pavilion and La Taverna (the latter is a must-visit for top-tier pasta).


Wine aficionados will love the winery and for those wanting a health boost, Shambhala Cuisine is a carefully curated selection of nutritionally balanced dishes to nourish body and soul.

Hotel Highlights

There are so many – but yoga on the spa’s sun terrace, an early evening stroll through the Italian gardens or olive oil tasting.


What to do nearby

Visit the nearby towns of Florence and Siena, or stay closer and borrow a bike to explore the estate’s trails.


Best for

Gourmets, rekindle your romance or overcome burnout.

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