Italy has some of the most beautiful castles in Europe, which is why consider this country the most wonderful one in the world. There’s everything and anything to visit, from long sandy beaches on South, to high white mountains in winter in North Italy. From new buildings in the city centres to old baroque and romantic style castles, fountains and other buildings.
Speaking of which, here are 10 beautifuk castles in Italy that turned into hotels. If you want to feel the old century spirit you must go here and spend at least one night in one of these beautiful, romantic and historical hotel – castles.
1. Castelletto di Montebenichi, Bucine
Located in the heart of the Chianti wine region, halfway between Arezzo and Siena, Castelleto di Montebenichi is a 12-th century castle standing on the top of a hill surrounded by a large, private park overlooking the Valdambra. The small village of Montebenichi forms an excellent starting point to discover the artistic, natural and gastronomic delights of the area in the heart of the Chianti region.
2. Castello di Spaltenna, Gaiole in Chianti
Castello di Spaltenna is also located in the Chianti region, in the village of Gaiole. It is just a few minutes distance from most renowned towns of the Chianti Classico wine region such as Radda, Panzano, Castellina, Greve and Castelnuovo Berardenga. Surrounded by vineyards and woods, the medieval hamlet of Spaltenna includes a fortified monastery with a cloister and a bell tower dating from 1000 AD.
3. Castello di Tornano, Gaiole in Chianti
Castello di Tornano is located in an 11th-century hamlet, surrounded by cypress trees, vineyards and olive trees. The first mention of the ‘court’ of Tornano actually dates back to the year 790 during the reign of Charles the Great (Charlemagne) in Italy. In the wine cellar, located in the original prison of the castle, guests can taste Chianti Classico and the olive oil produced by the Hotel.
4. Castello di Gargonza, Monte San Savino
Castello di Gargonza is a privately owned 13th-century fortified village in the beautiful Val di Chiana, offering rooms and vacation apartments with bed and breakfast service. The earliest records of Gargonza date back to 1150, mentioning a fortified castle along the road from Arezzo to Siena. It is this same castle that Dante spent a few days in exile.
5. Palazzo Guadagni, Florence
The area of the historic center of Florence where this hotel is situated was originally inhabited by artisans and merchants. Hotel Palazzo Guadagni was built for a silk merchant named Riniero di Bernardo Dei in the 1500’s. Today, this Renaissance palace an elegant 3-star hotel, furnished in a vintage style reflecting its aristocratic origins.
6. Castello Chiola, Loreto Aprutino
Castello Chiola is located in the medieval town of Loreto Aprutino, in the Abruzzo region. It dates back to the year 864, and once you take a glimpse at this incredibly beautiful interior you realize you will never want to return home; ever.
7. Castello dell’Oscano, Perugia
Castello dell’Oscano in Umbria is home to a family-run hotel surrounded by a beautiful park, lined with lindens, oaks, ancient pines, cypresses and olives. Among the activities offered are truffle hunts, which sounds incredibly boring. However, I’m sure there’s plenty to visit and enjoy.
8. Grand Hotel dei Castelli, Sestri Levante
Grand Hotel dei Castelli is located on the peninsula of Sestri Levante in Liguria. The hotel consists of three castles that were renovated and transformed into a luxury hotel in the 1950s. The castles themselves were built on the privately-owned peninsula in the 1920 on the ruins of ancient castles. Byzantine items recovered from ancient buildings of Southern Italy, were included into the construction.
9. Castello del Belvedere, Desenzano del Garda
Lombardy’s 18th-century Castello del Belvedere, is set inside a 50 000 m² natural park overlooking Lake Garda. It is within a 5 minutes drive from the historical centre of Desenzano and looks like the kind of property James Bond’s villains would live in.
10. Castello Orsini, Bracciano
Located a few kilometers north of Rome, near via Salaria in Nerola, the Orsini Castle was built in the X century on the ruins of an ancient Sabina fortress. Today the castle boasts 51 charming guest rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and a Beauty Farm. I”m guessing Robbin hood didn’t know it existed; he’s loss.