A reassuring row of cypress trees lines the lane leading to Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa, where the twelfth-century tower stands in grandeur amid manicured Italian gardens and olive copses.
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the resort is ideally located in the heart of Chianti only 40 minutes by car from Florence. Nestled in 740 acres of rolling Tuscan hills, Castello Del Nero is the supreme venue for those planning a spa holiday, a gastronomic vacation or an extraordinary destination wedding.
Former guests have included the likes of Justin Bieber and James Cameron, attracted by the seclusion afforded by the former historic home of Florentine noble families Del Nero and Torrigiani, which has been restored to the finest levels of luxury while preserving its 900 years of architectural heritage.
After a busy day exploring the Chianti area or visiting museums in Florence or Siena, your mind and body will shower you in gratitude for ESPA at Castello del Nero. Greeted by the skilled spa staff who listen before explaining the treatments best suited to you, revitalize in the mesmerizing outdoor Vitality Pool and unwind in the heat and cooling zones to soothe aching muscles. Remain for a while in the relaxation room, gazing out at the rolling hills and verdant vineyards, before being guided into the natural wood and cool stone of the treatment rooms, cocoons of privacy and personal time. Signature treatments star estate produce, such as the infinitely restful lavender-infused extra-virgin olive oil.
Guests and non-residents can savour Tuscany’s authentic flavours at the one Michelin star restaurant La Torre. Executive Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro stays true to a seasonal ethos: “If you want quality, then you must follow nature.” Spring brings freshly picked peas and wild asparagus, the summer sun ripens tomatoes in every shade and shape, and the autumn reveals truffles and chestnuts and the estate extra-virgin olive oil. Creativity, expertise and a love of ingredients makes dining at Castello Del Nero an unforgettable moment of escapism, whether outdoors on the spacious terrace with the Tuscan landscape unfolding as far as the horizon or in the former stables-turned-stylish dining room vaunting floor-to-ceiling windows.
For a taste of Castello Del Nero this summer, enjoy live music and gaze at the thought-provoking images by local photographers and artists during the Thursday aperitif nights. Drinks and a selection of hot and cold bites costs 20 euro. Reservations recommended.
Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa
Strada Spicciano, 7
50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Tel. (+39) 055 806470