Many prestige immigrants have chosen to live, work and retire in an area of Tuscany which is among the most well-known abroad: Chianti or Chiantishire, a neologism born due to the massive presence of British inhabitants, includes the emerald hills between Florence and Siena provinces, where the famous wine Chianti Classico and many of the Super Tuscans are produced. No wonder travelers from Italy and from other countries can’t miss the chance of getting lost on the narrow country roads connecting the Tuscan medieval villages, crossing vineyards and olive tree groves. Towering on this inspiring landscape, Castello del Nero Hotel and Spa is the perfect place for an exclusive rest.
Celebrated by Forbes as one of the finest resorts in Chianti, Castello del Nero was the historical residence of the noble families Del Nero and, later, Torrigiani. Built in the 12th century the Castello preserves all its charm: still today is possible to admire original frescoes, fireplaces, vault ceilings and the coat of arms of the Del Nero family, representing a rearing greyhound. The private chapel and the clock on the main tower were built in the 18th century, while the magnificent Italian style garden which welcomes the guest at the entrance was created a century later. As the Del Nero family went extinct, the Torrigiani (another great Florentine family) took over the estate. Carlo Torrigiani and his American wife Anna Frey, a Red Cross nurse, put a special effort into enhancing the Castle activities as a farm. Anna loved her new home at the point she requested to be buried in the chapel. The complete restoration of the hotel ended in 2006. Due to its undeniable cultural importance, the estate (750 acres) is under the tutelage of the Italian Fine Art.
Castello del Nero is an unparalleled location. The hotel has 50 rooms and suites which feature state-of-the-art technology for in-room entertainment, individual climate control, and many other benefits. Selected suites offer even a unique bed, designed to replicate an original piece created to the specifications of the Marquise Teresa Torrigiani in the 16th century. All the suites include a daily entrance per person to the ESPA Heat Experience. The hotel’s ESPA center is the largest in Italy and offers signature treatments with the use of homemade extra virgin olive oil. The spa, doubtlessly a one of a kind, is over 1000 square meters and offers personalized treatments, Heat Experiences, heated Vitality Pool, Relaxation Area and a Fitness Suite with the most modern and sophisticated equipment. All the machinery is extremely user-friendly and equipped with individual LCD screens featuring satellite TV. The outdoor heated swimming pool is located in front of the SPA, boasting a magnificent view of the valley and lakes below. Two tennis courts, illuminated for night play, are available.
Castello del Nero tempts all its guests’ senses, even taste. Set in the former kitchen of the Castle and awarded with 1 Michelin Star, “La Torre” Gourmand Restaurant makes the visitor discover the true flavor of homemade Tuscan cuisine and locally grown vegetables and herbs. During summer the restaurant moves to the Garden Terrace by the pool, available for al fresco dining. The restaurant is run by the Executive Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro, who also holds the “All About Pasta” Cooking Class. Also in the kitchen, the Bar offers a wide selection of cognacs, while the Champagneria “La Dolce Vita”’ is the place where you can taste a wide and carefully selected variety of Champagne and Sparkling Italian wines. Stepping down into the Wine Cellar the guests will enter an intimate location where they will have the chance of tasting more than 1,000 labels of wine. The Winery is available for arranged wine or oil tastings.
Distance from the main point of interest:
– Florence: 25 km (30 minutes driving)
– Siena: 35 km (30 minutes driving)
– San Gimignano: 20 km (25 minutes driving)
– Florence (FLR): 35 km (45 minutes driving)
– Pisa (PSA): 100 km (1.15 hour driving)
– Rome (FCO): 235 km (3 hours driving)
Complimentary shuttle service to/from Florence or Siena at scheduled days and hours. Private tours by Limousine are available too.
Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa
Strada Spicciano, 7
50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa – Firenze
Tel.+39 055 806470 fax+39 055 80647777