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Montalto Castle near Siena - Tuscany - - San Martino, Scuola, Voliera

Bedrooms 1
Space 40 m²
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights



San Martino, Scuola, Voliera

Montalto Castle offers three 1-bedroom villas for rent, each suitable for 1 or 2 people: San Martino, Scuola, Voliera. Contact us for more information.

SAN MARTINO is a small romantic apartment on two floors in the tower over the entrance gate of the castle. It is reached via a flight of steps to a gravel terrace shaded by an ancient linden tree with a stone table and chairs for dining al fresco.

LA SCUOLA was the old school house of the village. All children, regardless of age, studied together in these two rooms. The cottage is just outside the gate, close to the swimming pool. The rear terrace is nestled in the trees and provides a quiet area for reading, dining or relaxing.

LA VOLIERA is our easiest accessed cottage, as it is right off the road and has no steps throughout. It is just outside the walls of the castle, and has a small fenced garden.

All homes include: Wireless internet; shared laundry area; shared use of music room, pool and ping-pong.

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About the property


The historic Castle of Montalto lies in one of the loveliest and most unspoiled parts of the Chianti area of Tuscany, some 15 miles from Siena. Ii is very centrally located for art touring and an excellent home base for sight-seeing, winery visits and exploring hill towns and back roads.

Part of the castle and the villas surrounding it are offered directly by the owner as self-catering vacation rental accommodations. The estate has a swimming pool, a tennis court, a barbeque area, a library, common laundry facilities, private gardens and extensive woods for pleasant walks and jogging. There are beautiful vistas over the farmed fields in the valley to the hills beyond.

Silence and peace provide a restful environment, and a part-time concierge assists our guests. You will enjoy independence and privacy but not be isolated. Ten comfortable and well served homes to choose from.

Contact the owners for more information and a complete photo gallery.

Montalto castle is the ideal home base for interspersing quiet days of rest and relaxation with interesting local excursions.

For those who are interested in art and culture, who want to sample the local food and world-famous Chianti and Brunello wine, or relax and rejuvenate with a day at a spa, everything is in easy reach in the area surrounding the castle.

Swimming pool 6x12 m, tennis court, bocce court, volley ball net, barbeque area, ping-pong table, table soccer, several bicycles, children’s swings, slide and sandbox;

Common rooms with piano, television, ample library, parlor games, meeting space. Computer room; collection of maps and guide books.

Wi-fi (small charge) covers most of the castle area.

Large hall where wedding receptions and other celebrations may be organized.

An equestrian center on the border of the estate offers valid lessons and guided trail rides.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks italian
Response time
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
8 May, 2018

About Chiara

The Castle of Montalto has long been family owned, first by the Berardenga family, then by the Palmieri, and finally by ourselves, Giovanni and Diana Coda-Nunziante, who acquired it from cousins in 1970.

You may read more on Montalto’s history for more details on the castle’s rich past, going back over 1,000 years - See wikipedia or our website at:

Giovanni is Italian, Diana is American; we both speak fluent Italian and English, fairly fluent French, some German and a very little Spanish. A part-time concierge speaks fluent German. We live here all year round, with more space than we need, space that we are happy to share with our guests.

Chiara purchased this farmhouse in 1970

Why Chiara chose Castelnuovo Berardenga

We enjoy this life, not only because the income helps to maintain the estate, but especially because the people who choose to come out to the country to spend their vacation in beautiful surroundings in an historic context, who welcome the simple life and the opportunity to visit the famous and less-known art treasures of this incredibly rich area of Italy, are people we like. We enjoy the opportunity to invite them into our home, to show them our collection of ancient weapons and to recount the history and legends of the castle, and we enjoy talking to them. Many have become our lasting friends.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Montalto Castle is in the center of an estate of 270 hectares, about 650 acres. While two thirds are woodlands, the rest is planted. Annual crops include wheat, sunflowers, alfalfa, canola and others, depending on the year. A portion of the land is planted in olive groves. There is also a vegetable garden and a chicken coop, and a bee keeper sets out his hives on our land.

The farm is certified organic. No pesticides, chemical fertilizers or weed killers are used.

Tenants of the houses at the castle can buy our extra-virgin olive oil, honey, eggs and garden vegetables in season, at cost. Also available at a discount are good Chianti wines produced at the Spalletti winery belonging to relatives of the owners, in the Chianti Rufina area near Florence. (read more about Chianti wines)

In addition to these agricultural products, we often have ceramic and porcelain objects for sale, hand-decorated by local artists.

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Normalmente il check-in è fra le 4 p.m. e le 7 p.m; il check-out entro le 10 a.m. Contattateci per eventuali accordi diversi.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • local restaurant guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys
  • deck chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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San Martino, Scuola, Voliera
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

The castle was a nice quiet place in Tuscany.

  • 5 of 5

The castle is a great piece of history and a good value. There is plenty of hiking around the grounds. Chiara helped me arrange a horse ride! What a treat that was. Our room was outside the castle and did not have a view, but had an outside porch. We had a nice kitchenette and wonderful linens. We were anticipating a room in the castle so I recommend making that request very clear when making reservations. The restaurant down the street is a wonderful spot to eat.

  • Review Submitted: 14/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Find

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful find. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed a 10 night stay in this unique property and everything was perfect. Our hosts couldn't do enough for us but were never intrusive, just there when you needed them. Mixing day trips to local towns and just lounging around by the pool, or treking through the woods. Great local restaurants and a lovely apartment in which we happily cooked many evenings.

  • Review Submitted: 31/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An enchanting family vacation to repeat...

  • 5 of 5

Dear Chiara,

Thank you so much for such wonderful treat during these short days at the Castello. Our kids can't stop talking about the many experiences they had at the Castello and surroundings.

Thank you so much for your kind hospitality.. Your guidance and advices were right on.

The breakfast were superb, your coffee very Italian - great, the pool just perfect, and the charm of Queen Diana Coda Nunziante, an experience of a lifetime. The restaurants and wineries around are outstanding. Our staying at the Castello made our Tuscany experience definitely a repeat.

  • Review Submitted: 19/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Menlo Park, California

So charming and comfortable and in a great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent several days at Montalto Castle between visits to Rome and Venice. It's a fine place to relax and either do nothing, or tour the area. We did both. The family who owns Montalto, and the staff were so gracious and accommodating. They were happy to tell us the history of the area and the battles that took place in the fields outside their windows. There were books and books to browse and devour. A delicious and fortifying buffet breakfast was served each morning getting us ready for the day. We enjoyed a cooking class presented by a local chef while we were there. And on hot days the pool was just right. We will return soon, we hope, and have recommended it to our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 22/09/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A charming castle in the heart of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

My stay at the Montalto Castle has exceeded all my expectations. The grounds and castle are beautiful - a fully restored Tuscan castle that is over 1,000 years old. My family stayed in the 'San Martino' tower that is small but cozy and well equipped. The staff and owner are very pleasant and work hard to make everyone's stay very enjoyable. If you want to experience Tuscany at it's finest, this is the place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Staying at Montalto is a wonderful experience. The castle, the forests, the vines and groves all combine for a delicious experience. Great place to get away from the tour bus crowd, meet like-minded travelers and savor the quiet scenery.

There is a variety of rooms from cottage to flats, all nicely appointed, clean and comfortable. We wanted to stay forever!

Diana is a gracious hostess, and Chiara's love of the area and enthusiasm for sharing its pleasures shine through. If you need some ideas for local activities, just ask Chiara and follow her recommendations - you won't be sorry! Side trips, places to eat, tips to avoid the hordes were all spot-on.

Thank you to all the staff!

  • Review Submitted: 07/05/2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Bar Ambra
Nearest Ferry
95 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
28 Kilometres
Golf Club Valdichiana
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Bucine e Rapolano terme
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A1 Milano - Napoli 'Autostrada del Sole'
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Colonna del Grillo
Nearest Ski
115 Kilometres
Monte Cimone
Nearest Beach
85 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Montalto castle is the ideal home base for interspersing quiet days of rest and relaxation with interesting local excursions, because there is so much within reach.

This is a great way to get to know a country in depth, and far more relaxing than an exhausting whirlwind tour of Italy. Whether you are interested in art and culture or want to sample the local food and world-famous Chianti and Brunello wine, or to relax and rejuvenate with a day at a spa, you will find it all in the area surrounding the castle.

There is too much to list in a single page, so we’ve tried to organize some information on our website- See more at: