Castello di Velona Countryside Residences
Castello di Velona Montalcino
This hotel is no longer part of the
Castello di Velona will re-open in April 2011.
In the course of a thousand years much can change and yet, in the gently rolling countryside of Tuscany, there is a place where time seems to have stood still since the 11th century: Castello di Velona. A stunning period residence just outside the walls of Montalcino, in the heart of Val d'Orcia.
The castle's 46 bedrooms and suites are characterized by a sophisticated combination of precious antiques and designer furniture, period artworks and the latest in technology. Those looking for the ultimate in luxury will need to book in advance to reserve Castello di Velona's stunning 72sqm "SPA Royal Suite" which, among other things, features a marble bathroom with hot spring bathtub, a massage cubicle, and private garden.
Superlative Tuscan cuisine is served in Castello di Velona's "Taverna Il Vignone" and "L'Abbazia" restaurants, the latter situated in a panoramic corner of the old fortress, from where a magnificent view over the Orcia valley can be seen. Menus feature all of the region's best loved dishes, interpreted with a contemporary twist. Tasty snacks are served in the pool bar.
The castle's spa is the perfect place in which to enjoy the benefits of Tuscany's thermal waters, used in the wellness center's in and outdoor pools, emotional showers and Turkish bath. The health-inducing properties of the region's olive oil are exploited to the full in the spa's innovative face and body treatments.
Just a few minutes away from Castello di Velona, the historic hilltop town of Montalcino is famous for its 14th century fortress, the cathedral in which works by Franceso Vanni are conserved and, of course, its fabulous Brunello di Montalcino wine, which can be purchased in any number of shops and wineries in the town and the immediate surrounding countryside. Other important tourist attractions in the vicinity of the hotel include the splendid St Antimo Abbey and the town's of Buonconvento, Pienza, Radicofani, San Quirico d'Orcia and Castiglione d'Orcia.