Luxury hotel holiday Castello di Velona Resort Tuscany

The Castello di Velona Resort is a 5-star boutique, luxury hotel with thermal spa and winery, perched on a hilltop overlooking the rolling countryside of fields, forests and Brunello vines near Montalcino. The hotel has 45 rooms and suites, furnished in a Tuscan country style, three restaurants, five indoor and outdoor connecting hot spring thermal pools, a spa covering 1,500 sqm, and on-site wine and olive oil production. The hotel was created carefully from the ruins of a fortified mediaeval settlement. Ideally located for exploring southern Tuscany and 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 Castello di Velona, near Montalcino

The Castello di Velona is an enchanting hotel and a perfect place from which to explore southern Tuscany. The restaurant terrace boasts magnificent views over the Tuscan countryside, and the outdoor pool and pretty gardens create a peaceful atmosphere.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is 20-minutes' drive from Montalcino

Annual opening All year except from 6 January to 14 February

Closest airport Pisa, Florence or Rome

Distance from airport The hotel is 2-hours' and 25-minutes' drive from Pisa Airport

Hotel facilities and services

2 Restaurants, Bar, Lounge, 2 Outdoor Swimming Pools and 2 Indoor Swimming Pools, Pool Bar and Restaurant open seasonally, Thermal Spa with 5 Treatment Cabins, 1 Couples' Treatment Room, Steam Room, Sauna and Emotional Shower, 24-hour Room Service and Concierge Service, Winery and Wine Tasting of the property's wines Rosso and Brunello di Montlacino, Babysitting (must be booked in advance), Dry-cleaning and Laundry Service, Complimentary outdoor valet parking, Sightseeing tours and Limousine service on request.

Complimentary

WiFi, Spa access, outdoor valet parking.

Out and about nearby

Cooking Classes on request, Wine Tasting, Olive Oil Tasting, Siena, Pienza, San Gimignano, Sant'Antimo Abbey. Monte Amiata, Chianti.

Sports nearby

Cycle Hire, Horse Riding.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Castle junior suite for 7 nights

From about

£1,570

Holiday Code IE118

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 Castello di Velona, near Montalcino

Room descriptions

Castello di Velona has 44 rooms and suites with bath or shower and wc, satellite television, air conditioning, internet connection, hairdryer, mini-bar and safe.

Deluxe Room
Balcony Junior Suite
UNESCO View Terrace Junior Suite
Suite
Family Suite
UNESCO View Terrace Suite
UNESCO View Terrace Royal Suite
Pool Terrace Suite
UNESCO View Terrace Royal Apartment
Pool Terrace Apartment
Pool Terrace Villa

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Castle junior suite for 7 nights

From about

£1,570

Holiday Code IE118

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 Castello di Velona, near Montalcino

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Castello di Velona 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 are welcome and those under 11 years are accommodated for free when sharing a room with their parents.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Castle junior suite for 7 nights

From about

£1,570

Holiday Code IE118

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 Castello di Velona, 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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