Who’s the king of the castle?

A holiday fit for a king? Book a vacation in one of these 10 Italian castles turned into hotels.

Castelletto di Montebenichi

Castello Montebenichi

 

 

Halfway between Arezzo and Siena, the little hamlet of Montebenichi is dominated by it medieval castle, only recently transformed in to a charming hotel.

Period furnishings, a panoramic pool and the peace and quiet of a tiny Tuscan town in Chianti. For dinner, book a table at the Osteria “L’Orciaia”.

Castello di Monterado

Castello Monterado

How many people do you know who can claim to have slept in a villa designed by none other than the great Italian architect Vanvitelli?

For a weekend with wow! factor, head to the town and castle of Monterado, in Italy’s Marche region.

Castello di Strassoldo di Sopra

Castello Strassoldo

Always dreamt of staying in a tower? Stop dreaming and book one of the two suites in Castello di Strassoldo instead! Needless to say, the views from the old watch tower are spectacular, much like the castle gardens, dotted with statues, fountains, streams, and Chinese roses…

Antica Torre Viscontea

Torre Viscontea

The name says it all: this hotel next to the Charterhouse of Pavia, was once the palatial residence of Lombardy’s all-powerful Visconti family.

A gorgeous rural retreat, the hotel is located in the heart of the Visconti’s hunting reserve which originally extended from the city of Pavia all the way to the Charterhouse.

Castello di Gargonza

Castello di Gargonza

Gargonza has a history for hospitality. In fact, it was in this Tuscan castle that Dante Alighieri sought exile back in the early 14th century.

Today, guest accommodation is provided in rooms and apartments  located in the old school and farmhouse. Delicious Tuscan cuisine, made with the freshest of locally sourced ingredients, is served in the Torre restaurant.

Castello di Sismano

Castello Sismano

Over the centuries, any number of popes, princes and aristocrats have graced the rooms of this castle with their presence.

Luckily, you no longer have to wield political power to stay in this Umbrian stronghold built to defend the city of Todi, just a confirmed booking for one of the 11 suites and 4 apartments reserved for guests!

Castello di Montegridolfo

Montegridolfo

A little piece of medieval magic between the rolling hills of Romagna and the sun-baked beaches of Rimini, Castello di Montegridolfo has luxurious suites and apartments, a wellness center and four restaurants (yes, that’s right: four!).

Castello delle Serre

Castello Serre

A castle with pool in the heart of the Crete Senesi, steeped in history and within minutes of the thermal baths of Rapolano. If you’re looking for romance and relaxation in Tuscany – you’ve just found it!

Castello Orsini

Castello Orsini

A medieval castle overlooking the Tiber valley, this is where the Orsini family sought refuge when they needed to escape from  the chaos of nearby Rome.

Today’s guests are, perhaps, even luckier than their famous predecessors: in addition to beautiful rooms and even more beautiful views, there’s now a stunning swimming pool and spa too!

Torre della Botonta

Torre Botonta

Time-worn terracotta floor tiles, feather pillows, hand-woven textiles and natural bath and beauty products made with olive oil: despite the introduction of modern technology, rooms in this medieval fortress have conserved all of their old-world charm.

 

Discover other Italian castles transformed into hotels here:  ItalyTraveller.com – Castle collection

 

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