Have you ever dreamed to spend a night or two in a real castle? High rise crenelated walls, majestic dungeons, the echos of ferocious battles that took place centuries ago…
Well, let the dream come true! Tuscany offers an incredible variety of castles, and many of them have been turned into country houses and luxury resorts.
In this post I’d like to share with you my favorite Castle accommodations in Tuscany. Treat yourself as a knight, for a night!
The beautiful Castello di Spedaletto was built in the XII century along the old Via Francigena (the path followed by pilgrims walking their way down to Rome). It is a perfect example of a middle age castle in a beautiful setting in the Val D’Orcia, close to Pienza, Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico D’Orcia (read my post Pienza, Sant’Antimo, Bagno Vignoni: delightful Val d’Orcia to know what to do, eat and see)
It features a large yard, an “ecologic” swimming pool and a very relaxed atmosphere. Relatively cheap (it is an “Agriturismo”), Castello di Spedaletto is perfect for visiting the Val D’Orcia, especially if you are traveling with kids.
Tip: when reserving, ask for the rooms inside the castle, more scenic compared to the ones built in the old fortified wall.
Here we move to Siena Countryside. Castel Pietraio is a gorgeous castle from the XI° century. It is located in Strove, a very small hamlet close to Monteriggioni, and to the beautiful church of Badia Isola, and is surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers fields. It’s a 4 star small hotel, still belonging to the original noble family (Barone Neri del Nero).
Castel Pietraio is also a farm with an excellent vocation to quality wine-growing: you will be able to taste Chianti Superiore (of course!), Chardonnay, Merlot and Vin Santo.
A personal anecdote: this is the hotel I choose for me and my wife when we got married!
Castello di Meleto
Massive, awe-inspiring, castello di Meleto stands in a beautifull Chiantishire valley, close to Gaiole in Chianti. Its striking location and its vaulted halls are often used to host weddings parties, but you don’t necessarily need to get married to sleep in one of the beautifully decorated rooms!
For longer stays, you can also choose to rent a self catering apartment in the nearby dependence.
Castello di Meleto produces an excellent Chianti, that you can taste in the modern wine shop after visiting the old cellars.
HAve a look at my post Fascinating Chianti wine tasting tour to learn what to visit (and drink!) in the Chianti area.
This is a fortified abbey, built in 1049 and transformed in a countryside villa in the XIXth century. It features a Romanesque church, beautiful cloisters, a gorgeous walled garden and huge cellars, as old as the abbey itself!
Regarding your stay, you can choose between the 8 rooms and the 5 apartments. Badia a Coltibuono offers also wine tasting, cooking courses and local delicacies tastings.
Hint: the abbey is 650 metres above sea level, which makes it a perfect place during summer. Winters and springs, on the othe hand, can be really chilly.
Strictly speaking, Monteriggioni is not exactly a castle, but a medieval walled town located on a natural hillock and built by the Sienese in 1214-1219 as a front line in their wars against Florence. Said so, Monteriggioni is one of the most evocative medieval villages in Italy.
Located 14 km from Siena. Monteriggioni has became famous for its fourteen towers’ walls which are among the best preserved all over Italy. Believe me, it’s one of the most scenic places in Tuscany, not to miss even if you decide to sleep elsewere (which would be a pity, indeed!).