Castello del Nero

7 nights

5 star hotels




Food & Wine, Luxury, Tennis, Wellness

£ 2780 per person - 7 nights


Beautiful Tuscan spa hotel, located on a 12-century castle estate in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena

Michelin-starred dining, plus more casual on-site eating options, and a tasting room for the estate’s own wine, olive oil and honey

Highly regarded spa with extensive wellness facilities, including yoga, pilates, gym, tennis courts, hiking trails and swimming pools.


50 rooms and suites


from £ 2780 per person


7 nights sharing an Estate double room

Daily breakfast

Fully comprehensive car hire arranged at the airport

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Skip-the-line Museum tickets and private tours

Out-of-town excursions and cruises to Venice along the River Brenta


The epitome of Tuscan luxury, this elegant 50-room spa hotel is set in a 12th-century castle on a sprawling estate. One of Tuscany’s most sophisticated places to stay, this five-star hotel is in the Chianti wine-growing region, midway between Florence and Siena. You can reach each city within half an hour, and the hotel puts on a complimentary shuttle to each, making this a great base for exploring the region - hit the tasting rooms one day, and do a city tour the next.


Tennis courts, swimming pool, hiking and biking trails are all in the gardens and grounds, so there’s plenty to do without leaving the estate. Plus the spa is the first European outpost of the highly regarded Como Shambhala group, renowned for the high quality of its treatments. The spa’s facilities include an ice fountain, sauna, steam room, heated pool and a relaxation area with panoramic views over vineyards and olive groves. Yoga classes, pilates, a fitness room, massages, facials and a wide variety of other wellness treatments are available.


Other activities you’ll want to try at the hotel include truffle hunting, cooking and cocktail-making classes and tastings of the estate’s own wine, honey and olive oil. Nearby, you can see the work of local artisans, who you can commission to design a pair of shoes for you or who will you create your own Tuscan ceramics to take back home.


This luxury Tuscan hotel’s 50 rooms are set in the main castle and adjacent buildings, most with views (Tavernelle) over the vine-covered hills, but some (Estate) overlooking the courtyard or gardens. All are designed in soothing pale greys and creams, many with original terracotta floors and white-painted wood-beamed ceilings.


For a real indulgence, book one of the three heritage suites, located in the main castle building, with 18th-century frescoes, fireplace in the living room, and two-person freestanding bathtub and separate shower in the bathroom.


Food-lovers are spoiled for choice here, with three restaurants and a tasting room. Set in the original 12th-century kitchen, La Taverna serves classic Italian fare and a wide variety of cocktails and drinks for all-day dining. The hotel’s summer-only restaurant, Pavilion, is an al fresco option, with tables outside under the Tuscan sun and with views of the Chianti hills.


But you cannot leave without treating yourself to a meal at La Torre, a Michelin-starred restaurant renowned for its inventive Italian cuisine, made with fruit, vegetables, herbs, truffles and meat from the estate’s own grounds.



✓ 24-hour room service

✓ 24-hour concierge

✓Complimentary shuttle service to and from Florence or Siena

✓ Wi-Fi in public area

✓Car and Vespa rental

✓ Outdoor private parking

✓ Complimentary overnight shoe polishing

✓ 10 treatment rooms

✓ Gym

✓ 25m heated outdoor swimming pool (open only during summer)

✓ Two tennis courts

✓ Complimentary yoga on set days


✓ Queen-size or twin beds

✓ Egyptian Cotton Bedding

✓ Down pillows

✓ Hypoallergenic pillows

✓ Cotton towels with bathrobes and bedroom slippers

✓ High-Speed Wi-Fi

✓ Private bar

✓ COMO Shambhala amenities

✓ Individual Climate control

✓ Hairdryer

✓ Safe


The village of Barberino Tavarnelle is in a serene position halfway between Florence and Siena. We are in the heart of Chianti, not far from Florence, but in a not too crowded Tuscany and full of hidden corners and charm.

    andrew Smith
    andrew Smith
    16:49 02 Aug 20
    Expertoitaly (and Antonio) first came to our attention in 2014 when we were... planning a celebratory trip to Italy for 2015. Although we approached a number of household names about our plans and itinerary by e-mail Antonio immediately stood out. He phoned back almost straight away to get to know something about us and what we liked to do. On the back of that discussion he quickly put together a trip and budget. Given his obvious knowledge of the country and his quick grasp of what we were looking for together with the attention to detail it was a 'no brainer' to put our trust in this company. As a consequence we duly enjoyed a 3 week multi-stop trip in July 2015 tailored to suit us perfectly! On return we almost immediately booked to return in October for a short break to 2 of the locations in Tuscany we particularly enjoyed - Lucca and Montepulciano both of which are delightful. We fell in love with Italy and have returned several times since then all courtesy of Antonio: 2016 - A short break to attend the Opera in Verona. 2017 - 2 weeks in Sicily 2018 - the same - we love Sicily and would urge anyone to go. (where we finally got to meet Antonio in Ragusa which was great) We were due to return to Italy this year for a 3 week road trip - albeit with private transfers rather than actual driving - from Verona to just south of Naples - all immaculately put together by Antonio of course. Alas Covid-19 had different ideas. We can only say that Expertoitaly have dealt with this professionally and as speedily as circumstances allowed and have refunded all the monies. We have no reservations about using them again in the future. In fact Antonio is already on standby to reprise the 'lost' trip as soon as this madness ends and unhindered travel becomes possible again - just extended an improved. Andrew & Susan Smith Tadworth Surreyread more
    Vittorio S.
    Vittorio S.
    11:22 19 Nov 19
    Very comfy!
    Jane Domb
    Jane Domb
    17:12 28 Aug 19
    If you are looking to go to Italy for a holiday, Antonio at Experto Italy is... amazing. We have just come back from our fourth holiday he has arranged for us. He sent us to places that days of googling would never have found.He also has a knack of keeping to budget even with my numerous demands! Fabulous fabulous!!read more
    Debbie Law
    Debbie Law
    11:10 27 Aug 19
    Just returned from a fab trip to Italy - all organised by Antonio. His time... and effort to get what was just right for us was amazing.. he had a lot to put up with! We have used Expertoitaly before and will do again. We visited Ischia and Naples. Both very different and wonderful. Ischia is perfect for a good rest (visits to the Giardini La Mortella and the Ravino Gardens are a must). The Gardens & Villas Resort is a beautiful setting, very private, calm with amazing staff. Also the little town of Lacco Ameno has some really nice restaurants. Naples was very HOT! but we still managed to spend 7 hours walking about just soaking up the atmosphere and visiting some of the fantastic historic sights. Visit to the underground roman town is well worth it - it is mind boggling to think it was built thousands of years more
    julie frenchman
    julie frenchman
    09:16 09 Jul 19
    This is the third occasion that Antonio has organised an Italian holiday for... me. As it was a Birthday celebration involving a party of 10, the arrangements were complex, involving a villa, guides and attendance at the Palio on July 2nd. Without exception everything went exactly as planned. The recommended villa on the Montestigliano Estate, south west of Siena, was wonderful. Our guide made sure we had a full understanding of the history and culture of the Palio which meant that, with a spectacular view over the Campo from the apartment booked by Antonio, we were able to appreciate the event that much more. We shall certainly be going back to Italy with more
    Kay James
    Kay James
    12:08 03 May 19
    We had an amazing trip organised by Antonio, we visited Naples for a few days... then stayed in Sant’ Agata. Both hotels had fabulous amenities and restaurants. The trip was effortless and everything was meticulously arranged. Antonio was also on had for anything we needed during the trip. I would definitely recommend Expert to Italy and we will definitely use this company again in the futureread more
    Grant Stupart
    Grant Stupart
    18:31 16 Aug 18
    Antonio with his meticulous planning and caring service has been solely... responsible for the best Italian holidays we have had. His ability to offer excellent hotel accommodation which provides for every need and requirement is second to none . Hotels that are not main stream , that provide high quality of service in excellent locations are one of Antonio’s strength. It’s great to have a provider that know and understands his market. Grant B Stupartread more
    Jonathan May
    Jonathan May
    18:06 01 Aug 18
    July 2018 _________________________________ Have just completed another 10 day... holiday arranged by Antonio at Expert to Italy. We went with Antonio's suggestion and spent 2 days at Matera and then the remainder in Pisciotta in the Cilento. Matera was amazing and felt completely different to anywhere else we have been in Italy. We loved Pisciotta and the hotel was wonderful with lovely owners who were great at suggesting things to do. We visited a buffalo farm, a vinyard and tooks boats to isolated coves with lovely clear water. All arrangements were absolutely faultless. We would never have found such lovely places without Antonio! 2016 _________________________________ We have just returned from a fantastic holiday suggested no arranged by ExpertTo Italy. Once again the organisation by Antonio was flawless and everything worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights by lake Maggiore and 3 in Cogne in the Italian Alps. Both hotels and locations were fantastic - particularly the Bellvue in Cogne. Please see trip advisor if interested in the hotels as I will give a more specific review there - I'm not a fanatic reviewer but both really deserve it. We have used this company for the past 5 years and Antonio seems to have a real gift for finding fantastic hotels and matching locations to his clients. I would not usually put the level of trust in anyone to arrange holidays for me that I have with Antonio but he has delivered every time and I can unreservedly recommend his services. Italy is a beautiful country with huge variety - if you describe what you like to Antonio and let him make suggestions then you will not be disappointed. Very definitely 5 stars from me. So - Antonio and team, please keep it up! Jonread more
    Amanda Chapman
    Amanda Chapman
    22:28 25 Aug 17
    Antonio delivered more than expected! Our family of four stayed at two... beautiful villa's on the Amalfi Coast. Both of the locations were top class. Antonio provided excellent service and was always available if we had questions about the details of our trip. He was easy to work with and we would recommend his services to others traveling to more
    Susan Davidson
    Susan Davidson
    09:04 19 Jun 17
    This was our second holiday with ExpertoItaly, and it was just as good as the... first! Antonio provided us with fast, efficient and personal attention. His choice of hotels was first class. Real attention to detail means that you get a holiday that really suits your personal requirements. Brilliant!read more
    Andrew Rogers
    Andrew Rogers
    09:36 09 Jul 16
    We have just made an amazing journey by train, taxi, boat and bus through... France, a night in Paris, then a night on a mountain in Switzerland, train across the alps on the Bernina Express, 5 days on Lake Como and 6 days on Lake Maggiore. We stayed in the most glorious quality hotels. We made visits to local towns and attractions using buses and boats. Every connection on the journey was planned and executed wonderfully. This is 5 star planning, 5 star service, 5 star experience all personally organised by Antonio at ExpertoItaly. We must never forget the James Bond moment of being whisked across Como by Luca in his luxury Taxiboat from Varenna to the Hotel Filario in Lezzeno with Pavarotti as our musical accompaniment then met on the jetty by a lovely suited receptionist. A dream. Thanks Antonio. See views from our rooms Como then more
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