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Montalto Castle near Siena - Tuscany - - Torre del Vescovo

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 170 m²
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Description

Torre del Vescovo

Torrre del Vescovo is an independent wing of the castle, on two floors. Entering from a gravel terrace shaded by a majestic linden tree one finds a frescoed living-dining room with a large fireplace and door to the rear garden, a kitchen and a bathroom with stall shower and hairdryer. The kitchen has a dishwasher, a washing machine and an espresso machine. The ample rear terrace has flowers, tables, chairs, a pergola and a magnificent view.

A narrow stairway leads to the second floor where there are 3 bedrooms and 2 more bathrooms, each with shower over tub. Both have hairdryers. The master bedroom has a queen bed, the second bedroom a queen that can be split into two singles, the third two single beds.

From one of the rooms one can climb to the top of the lookout tower to enjoy an impressive view.

From a landing on the stairs a balcony leads to a very small unheated room with a single bed that can accommodate a seventh person in fine weather.

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About the property

MONTALTO CASTLE IN TUSCANY

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
Chiara
Member since: 2011
Speaks italian
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2017

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: http://www.montalto.it/history-montalto-castle-tuscany.shtml

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 castle 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 castle 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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Notes

Check in 4-7 p.m.; check out entro le 10 a.m.


Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for Torre del Vescovo in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy

Property Type:
  • castle
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 170 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • soap
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • sand pit
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Guided tours: in your house or apartment you will find a booklet with some suggestions about the most interesting art towns and monuments in the area. There is a good selection of guide books for you to borrow in the Scrittoio room. We can organize private guided day tours for small groups, with an emphasis on art, history, nature or the wines of the Chianti and Brunello regions, following your personal interests and taste. Transportation: If you need transportation to or from the airport at Florence, Pisa or Rome, we can organize the service for you — probably at a lower rate than you would be charged if you did it yourself. Italian lessons: A short practical lesson in basic Italian can be arranged for English-speaking foreigners. Cooking class: Hands-on cooking classes can be organized at Montalto for 2 to 12 participants, preparing a typical Tuscan meal and enjoying it together at the end of the lesson. An more: horse-back riding, bike tours, spa, polo, golf,...

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Torre del Vescovo
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews
Denver, Colorado
5

Gorgeous, amazing historic castle. A treat to stay here.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our very private three bedroom + three bath, two story apartment in this historic castle. It is spacious, beautifully furnished. And it has its own tower. The patio with arbor and view was a great place to dine. Staying here was a highlight of our trip. A good base from which to make day trips (Siena, Florence, Montepulciano). We were made to feel welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockville Md
4

Great get away in Chianti

  • 4 of 5

I cannot express how much we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Castle di Montalto .

It is truly a magical place. To celebrate my wife’s birthday and our tenthly wedding anniversary we couldn’t have picked a better place. We traveled with our daughter (6) and two of our closes friends. We stayed in the Two Towers which combines Torre del Vescovo with San Martino. Both places were nicely appointed with everything we needed. It was amazing having a private court yard and a terrace with a million dollar view.

My daughter and I started our days at Montalto on one of the beautiful hikes through the country side. She truly found the place magical, she dubbed the monks room as the princess room, and entertained herself on the fantasy of being a Princess, which I guess she was. It was great fun seeing the wonder and amazement of a six year old exploring a real Castle. During the day we would explore Siena or one of the interesting villages around Chianti. One of the days we toured with Tuscany Scooter Rentals, what a great perspective seeing Chianti on a Vespa. Most evenings started by enjoying wine on the terrace while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Then it was off to one the great local restaurant recommended by our gracious concierge Melanie , a true friend for life, her in-depth knowledge of the area is amazing . She was “spot on” on all of her recommendations. You have to try L'Orciaia a small family restaurant with world class food and it’s just a few minute drive from Montalto. After dinner most nights we concluded our evening enjoying a fire in the main salon while recounting the day’s activates.

We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon we spent with Giovanna and Diana, the owners of Montalto, they opened their private residence to all the guest and shared their story and the history of the Castle. Montalto is a true historical treasure, we will be back.

beautiful Chianti region of Tuscany

  • Review Submitted: 05/08/2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rockville Md
4

Castello di Montalto a truly magical place

  • 4 of 5

I cannot express how much we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Castle di Montalto . It is truly a magical place. To celebrate my wife’s birthday and our tenthly wedding anniversary we couldn’t have picked a better place. We traveled with our daughter (6) and two of our closes friends. We stayed in the Two Towers which combines Torre del Vescovo with San Martino. Both places were nicely appointed with everything we needed. It was amazing having a private court yard and a terrace with a million dollar view.

My daughter and I started our days at Montalto on one of the beautiful hikes through the country side. She truly found the place magical, she dubbed the monks room as the princess room, and entertained herself on the fantasy of being a Princess, which I guess she was. It was great fun seeing the wonder and amazement of a six year old exploring a real Castle. During the day we would explore Siena or one of the interesting villages around Chianti. One of the days we toured with Tuscany Scooter Rentals, what a great perspective seeing Chianti on a Vespa. Most evenings started by enjoying wine on the terrace while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Then it was off to one the great local restaurant recommended by our gracious concierge Melanie , a true friend for life, her in-depth knowledge of the area is amazing . She was “spot on” on all of her recommendations. You have to try L'Orciaia a small family restaurant with world class food and it’s just a few minute drive from Montalto. After dinner most nights we concluded our evening enjoying a fire in the main salon while recounting the day’s activates.

We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon we spent with Giovanna and Diana, the owners of Montalto, they opened their private residence to all the guest and shared their story and the history of the Castle. Montalto is a true historical treasure, we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

AMAZING!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented out the entire castle for a week to serve as a wedding location/vacation post for 41 of our closest family and friends.

For the castle, everyone had an amazing time. It is centrally located in tuscany and our group enjoyed being able to do quick day trips to surrounding cities and towns. At the castle, we enjoyed hiking around the area, bike riding, playing tennis and swimming in the pool. We loved having our own private rooms if folks wanted to retreat and also loved the big open spaces for group dinners, etc. All of our friends and family say that the week at the castle was the best vacation they have ever been on, and we quite agree!!

We had our wedding ceremony in the main courtyard, with appetizers under the Linden tree and dinner in the main hall. The venue was absolutely perfect and Diana and Alessandro were so very helpful in the planning process. Our wedding was magical and to be quite honest, there is nothing that I would change about it (food, flowers, etc. were all perfect!!). It was great having everything in one location and even better that no one had to drive after the drinking and dancing late night.

Overall, I cannot say enough positive things about the Castello and I really do hope to visit again. Our group loved it so much that we are hoping to try to organize a reunion here in a few years, it was magical and amazing and exceeded all of my expectations.

  • Review Submitted: 08/04/2012
  • Date of Stay: March 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were great guests! We're so glad that (as always) everyone had a wonderful time and loved Montalto. This is a perfect location for intimate weddings like yours but also for groups of up to 100 or so. And we'd love to see you two or even all of you back for an anniversary and let us plan something special to celebrate that unforgettably, too. Have a great life!
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5

Italian Countryside Gem

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted a small wedding in Tuscany, and when we found Castello di Montalto, we thought it fit the bill. We had no idea how wonderful it actually would be. Diana and Giovanni were gracious hosts. Diana was incredibly helpful in advising us with our arrangements as we tried to coordinate a wedding overseas. When we arrived, we couldn't have asked for a better welcome. Diana and Alexander had everything ready for us and our guests, and they were very accommodating.

The castle grounds are spectacular. We enjoyed morning walks during which we admired the wild flowers, spotted deer, found porcupine quills and leftovers from the wild boars. The apartments were clean and comfortable, with everything we needed to entertain ourselves. The huge linden tree was the perfect backdrop for our wedding, and the granaio was a great space for dining and dancing.

The location was a great launching point for wine tasting in Tuscany. The towns nearby are charming and offer lovely restaurants and more views of the beautiful countryside.

We enjoyed every moment of our stay, and we hope to be back soon. Thank you, Diana and Giovanni!

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your wedding stay at Montalto, Katie, and I'm pleased you agree that the accommodations we offer for living and for celebrating are perfect for such an occasion. We love holding weddings here, and the ceremony you created under the big tree was particularly beautiful and moving. I hope that, like so many other couples who have 'tied the knot' at the castle, you will come back for an anniversary. And come back sometime in full summer, when our courtyard is abloom with hydrangeas and the countryside is even more beautiful! It will always be a joy to see you and your wonderful family again. Thank you for your kind words and best wishes from us all. Diana
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Broken Arrrow, Okla. USA
5

Great Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a short stay at the castle and what a great experience!! We certainly wish we could have stayed longer! The pictures I took of the castle and surrounding area are truly amazing! Our accomodations were extremely nice and clean with very good amenties. The owners and staff could not have been nicer or more helpful, and an evening "tea" with the owners was truly a highlight of our stay as we learned a little history of Montalto and the area. What a treat!!

We hope to make a return trip to the castle in the very near future!

  • Review Submitted: 23/04/2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, Jerry! We're so glad you enjoyed your vacation - and would love to see some of your pictures! People often tell us our photos don't do Montalto justice, I guess we're not such good photographers. Diana
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Map

Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Bar Ambra
Nearest Ferry
95 Kilometres
Piombino
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
Follonica
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: http://www.montalto.it/area-tourism-italy.shtml

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