Photos courtesy of Castello di Ripa d'Orcia
6 double rooms (in village)
8 self-catering apartments in village.
Double rooms: 90–135 euros
2-night minimum stay required
Rates include continental breakfast and tax
Self-catering apartments available from 110 euros (minimum stay 3 nights)
Open: beginning of April through October
Castiglione d’Orcia is about 38 km south of Siena on Route SS2, or 10 km west of Montepulciano. You will need a car to get there.
Nearby: tennis; swimming; horseback riding; cycling; hiking; Siena; Tuscan hill towns
Well off the beaten path, this castle is a wonderful hideaway for those who want to hear only the sounds of chirping birds in the morning and see only the lights of the stars and moon at night.
Massive walls surround the castle and former village, or borgo. Here you’ll find either the regular guest rooms let on a b&b basis or the self-catering apartments.
Guest rooms come in a variety of styles: some have fireplaces, views, or massive beamed ceilings. All are very comfortable with large bathrooms and are furnished in a rustic style. None of the guest rooms is in the castle, but in the village outside the castle. The castle serves as the proprietor's residence; therefore, tours are not available.
Apartments have kitchenettes equipped for easy cooking, nothing elaborate. The nearest food supplies are 5 km away.
The castle restaurant serves highly regarded dinners.
A long garden with a fountain is a wonderful place to sit and relax, read, or simply enjoy the sweeping views of vineyards, olive trees, and forest of a surrounding nature reserve.
Serenely quiet and away from civilization
The castle produces its own wine and olive oil.
The castle hosts are descendants of the Piccolomini family who have lived here for over 500 years.