Luxury hotel holiday Castello Banfi Il Borgo Tuscany

Castello Banfi il Borgo is a luxurious, boutique hotel comprised of the stone houses of a converted 17th century hamlet at the heart of a prestigious wine estate, dominated by the Castello di Poggio alle Mura, less than half an hour from Montalcino. There are just 9 rooms and 5 suites, each one exquisitely furnished in a contemporary country style. The gardens are a delight with their pergola, rose beds and parterres. There is a heated swimming pool with views over the Sangiovese vineyards which produce the estate's noteworthy cru Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Castel Banfi, near Montalcino

Castello Banfi Il Borgo is an exclusive luxury hotel in a sought-after wine region in Tuscany. The manicured gardens and luxurious views over vineyards and olive groves afford guests a truly secluded and tranquil retreat.

Facts in brief

Location The hotel is 20-minutes' drive to Montalcino

Annual opening 25 March to 10 November

Closest airport Pisa Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is 2-hours' drive from Pisa Airport

Hotel facilities and services

La Taverna Restaurant, Gourmet Sala dei Grappoli Restaurant, Heated Swimming Pool, Small Gym, Reading Room, Formal Gardens, Parking, Enoteca and Wine Shop with tasting, Cookery Classes.

Complimentary

Welcome drink upon arrival, reserved parking space, WiFi, In-room welcome gift.

Land sports

Cycling, Yoga, and Hiking.

Out and about nearby

The main points of interest on your stay at Castello Banfi will be the castle and surrounding vineyards. Several excursions further afield are worthwhile if you have a hire car, however. The wine town of Montalcino is just a 20-minute drive away. The famous historic city of Siena, home to the Palio, is just an hour away. Florence, where many of Michelangelo's best works are found, is just an hour and a half away. A drive of two and a half hours will bring you to Rome. The biggest delights of your location, however, will be exploring all that your hotel has to offer.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 5 nights

From about

£1,760

Holiday Code EXH2026

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Castel Banfi, near Montalcino

Room descriptions

Castello Banfi il Borgo has 14 rooms with high-speed internet connection, telephone, flat-screen television, safe, complimentary soft drinks and snacks minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, hairdryer, towel warmers, rainfall shower. Some include an additional bathtub, dressing area, or breakfast table.

Deluxe Room Riserva with vineyard or castello views
Junior Suite with borgo and vineyard views
Classic Suite with vineyard views
Suite Riserva with vineyard views and 2 bathooms
Poggio all'Oro with vineyard views and 2 bathrooms

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 5 nights

From about

£1,760

Holiday Code EXH2026

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Castel Banfi, near Montalcino

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Castello Banfi Il Borgo in Tuscany, our clients usually fly to Pisa or Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. We recommend the use of a hire-car for a stay at this hotel and we would include it in the price of holiday.

Additional information

Children: Children 11 years and under sharing their parents' room stay free of charge on B&B basis. Each room has a king-sized bed, while some suites also offer a queen-sized sofa bed in addition. The king-sized beds in three of the rooms can be separated into twin beds to accommodate children. Cots are provided on a complimentary basis.

Special offers

Free night offer late autumn 2020 Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 between 25 October and 9 November 2020. Restrictions apply.

7 nights for the price of 6 summer 2020 Stay 7 nights for the price of 6 between 15 May and 24 October 2020. Restrictions apply.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 5 nights

From about

£1,760

Holiday Code EXH2026

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Castel Banfi, near Montalcino

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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