Castello Del Nero reopens under new ownership

COMO Hotels and Resorts makes its Italian debut with a historic hotel near Florence

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July 2, 2019 - 14:31
Garden Pool Terrace

 

COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, is an exceptional 740-acre, historic estate in Chianti, 30 minutes from Florence and Siena. A 12th-century castle stands at the heart of the property, which features 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer Paola Navone.

 

This is a significant addition to the COMO Group because it is the first COMO hotel to open on continental Europe, hence fulfilling an important ambition for the founder, Christina Ong, who has always cultivated a strong allegiance to Italy.

 

“I have a deep affection for the Italian aesthetic. I admire how they can layer up history with modernity and come up with the most exquisite result,” says Ong. “Italians may be the masters of Baroque, but they also understand the way simplicity resonates in its own unique and powerful way, from design to food.”

 

 

 

 

During the 1990s, Christina Ong’s career in fashion as the founder of Club 21 forged some of the most influential alliances in the luxury fashion industry between leading Italian design houses, such as Armani, and global retail markets. She brought Prada and Bulgari to London and Asia. Her high-profile promotion of Italy on the world stage led to the highest recognition by the Italian State, the Cavaliere del Lavoro, in 1995.

 

Christina Ong stayed at Castello Del Nero for a private family holiday in 2007, leading to a special connection with the Tuscan property. In 2018, the COMO Group bought the entire estate.

 

Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group, states, “COMO Castello Del Nero is the holistic next step of growing our portfolio of hotels and resorts in select destinations around the world. ... COMO Castello Del Nero has the right features for us to deliver a personalised COMO experience, the Castello’s history and the new design by Paola Navone blending perfectly with the rest of our portfolio.”

 

 

Tavarnelle Room Bedroom

 

 

The spa and culinary offerings have been softly adjusted to create a serene contemporary retreat that makes you feel at home, with precise service, therapeutic wellness experiences and exceptional cuisine. While the Castello’s historic terracotta flooring, fresco walls and vaulted ceilings remain untouched, a lighter, more modern aesthetic has been introduced to enhance the castle’s period features without losing any of the deeply authentic historic texture.

 

 

La Torre restaurant

 

 

The Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant is located in the original stables of the castle in the winter, transferring to the garden terrace in summer. Overseen by executive chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro, all menus showcase gourmet Italian cuisine using the finest Tuscan produce, much from the estate’s kitchen garden. COMO Castello Del Nero also features two informal restaurants: La Taverna, which serves traditional Italian dishes including Tuscan favourites, and during the summer months, the Pavilion, which focuses on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and COMO signature dishes. The wine cellar’s architecture might date back to the twelfth century, but the hotel’s COMO mixologists give every drink a modern twist, from Martinis to Prosecco cocktails.

 

 

A dish from La Torre: Panzanella with green tomatoes and raw marinated scampi

 

 

 

After a long walk or hike in the sublime surrounding countryside, opt for a game on the estate’s tennis courts before soothing your muscles in the heated outdoor swimming pool. The ultimate relaxation is found at the COMO Shambhala Retreat, where guests feel healed through complimentary morning yoga and therapeutic massages. In Tuscany, COMO Shambhala will complement Italy’s long spa heritage with a comprehensive treatment offering, appealing to guests on extended wellness-focused stays.

 

 

 

About The COMO Group

 

The COMO Group, headquartered in Singapore, represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. The Group encompasses the hospitality collection, COMO Hotels and Resorts, which offers personalised luxury travel experiences through individualised service, a commitment to holistic wellness, and award-winning cuisine. Each hotel is developed in response to the destination it inhabits. The Group also includes the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala, and the philanthropic COMO Foundation.

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