Photos courtesy of Castello di Spaltenna
30 double rooms
Double rooms: from 261 euros
Suites: from 414 euros
Single rooms: 15% discount
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Open: mid-April through October
The castle is about 25 km north of Sienna. Gaiole has a bus stop; the nearest train station is 21 km away in Montevarchi.
On site: spa; two swimming
Nearby: horseback riding; hiking; Tuscan hill towns; golf
This former monastery still retains some medieval touches with its beamed ceilings, terra-cotta tiled floors, and thick stone walls.
Guest rooms can be in the main building or stone annexes. They are tastefully decorated with country-style antiques and wrought-iron bed frames; some have fireplaces and Jacuzzis.
An internal courtyard transforms into a candlelit, flower-filled dining area every evening, with harp or violin music to serenade patrons. On cooler evenings, dinner is moved indoors to the ancient cloister.