Photos courtesy of Castello di Tornano
11 rooms and suites in tower
10 self-catering apartments
Double rooms: 143–285 euros
Suites: 210–500 euros
Rates include taxes, service, and breakfast.
Open: all year, with 4-week closure from mid-January to mid-February
The castle is about 25 km north of Siena. Gaiole has a bus stop; the nearest train station is 21 km away in Montevarchi.
On site: horseback riding;
cooking classes; mountain
biking; tennis; swimming
Nearby: golf; fishing; hiking; thermal baths; Chianti region; Tuscan hill towns
In a peaceful, secluded location in Chianti’s wooded hills, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the Castello di Tornano is a wonderful Tuscan castle. In fact, it is even protected by the Ministry of Fine Arts.
Cozy and romantic guest rooms are either in the main house or tower, and each bears the name of either a famous couple-in-love (such as Lancelot and Guinevere and Romeo and Juliet) or a great woman of the past (try Catherine de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia). Rooms are richly furnished with brocaded fabrics, wrought-iron and canopied beds with fabric flounces overhead.
The tower suites are the most romantic of all. Narrow, winding steps lead up to the Monaca di Monza suite, noted for the views of the surrounding countryside through its eight windows.
Self-catering apartments installed in a former farmhouse outside the main building are an excellent choice for those with children. They are more simply furnished and have equipped kitchens and terraces for outdoor sitting.
The castle produces its own wine.