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Castello di Tornano
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

Castle Tornau, circling the hills of Chianti is located only 20 km from Siena and 50 km from Florence. This is one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Italy, and is protected under the Ministry of Culture.

The history of the castle dates back to Tornau 10th century. During the attack, Frederick Barbarossa, served as a fortress.
Recently, the castle was completely renovated, but retaining all the features of medieval architecture. Now it is a magnificent hotel that will satisfy the needs of even the most demanding guests.
Inside the castle walls there was an old chapel, which became a parish church associated with St. Marcellin parish. In the census, held in 1427, the parish of San Quirico in the castle has 32 Tornau residents, who were divided into 5 families.

The castle is now is a hotel, which is open all year except January.

Dive into the magical atmosphere of this castle. Walk along the ancient walls of the Romanesque style and feel the spirit of this Middle Ages. Enjoy the peace and nature. Admire the colors of all four seasons and the breath of Chianti.
The castle offers 19 rooms furnished with antique furniture and syutov. Bathrooms in all rooms are decorated in marble. Each room has free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning and minibar. Free parking is available. In the hotel restaurant you can sample the local cuisine and famous wines of Chianti from the cellars of the castle. Chef Massimo famous works here, which also conducts courses of chef.

Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Lovely place in the middle of nowhere but centrally located in Tuscany for day trips. The breakfasts were wonderful , dinners a little pricey ,one meal excellent one ok, too salty. The road leading to castle is a bit steep and gravely but negotiable with any car. Hard to find. The room was clean as was bathroom and comfortable.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Four of us spent two nighs at the Castello di Tornano. The property is well-maintained and website pictures are representative of the location and facilities. The stay was, however, unremarkable.

We elected to have dinner at the castle on our first evening - 40 € for a menu composed of beef carpaccio appetizer, potato soup, gnocchi, filet and a dessert - wine is not included and should be, at least a first and/or second glass. Because of the fixed menu, service is prompt, but relatively careless.

We unanimously found the Chianti Classico bottles that we purchased thin, lacking in bouquet and depth, and overall bland. One should notice that there is no wi-fi in any of the apartments; service is only available on the ground floor of the bastion or adjacent to the reception area. The grounds are very pretty and would make for a romantic setting for couples vacationing: we saw a doe on the dirt-road to the castle when returning from supper on night two; the surroundings are beautifully serene and quiet; and the pool/hot tub combination must be very pleasant in the summer.

Comparable degustations in nearby castles are either free of charge with a stay, free of charge with a purchase of the wine, or 10 €/person. At Tornano, degustations are at 20 € each.

Perhaps because of the off-season timing of our stay, we were underwhelmed with the castle.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Stay at a castle in Tuscany and enjoy! This was a great experience. The castle was beautifully decorated. The rooms were great and the showers were great! The hot tub (lukewarm water) on top of the tower had fantastic views and with a bottle of wine was so enjoyable. The dinner at the castle was very good and romantic. The people at the castle went out of their way to accommodate our needs and were very helpful and nice. The horse back ride through the vineyard and olive tree groves was wonderful. I highly recommend this castle stay.

Room Tip: I loved the tower room, the suites were larger.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

Just stayed at this magnificent charmer! Well marked signs led us to the gorgeous Castello di Tornano...a warm welcome, a lovely junior suite in the castle (though they also have apartments on the property)...speaking of the property - it is set on and around hills and vineyards - totally lovely...we arrived, were greeted warmly and shown to our room on the first floor of the castle - we entered and the curtained 4 poster bed, large room, modern bathroom and sitting room - and windows with views took our breath away! Dinner was either inside or outside - we chose outside and the food was amazing! Having tasted the wine earlier in the day, we chose the Chianti Riserva (delicious!) for dinner, but also loved the Classico and the Tournus (really fine!) and we bought several bottles as well as olive oil upon departure. Service at dinner was attentive, but allowed us to talk, meet other guests and take pictures...it was so nice to totally relax and enjoy ourselves...there's a pool, we took a morning hike in the vineyards (tasted a few grapes too), a view from the top of the castle tower (and a jacuzzi up there too)...just a totally transporting place...explore Tuscany during the day and return in the evening to relax, dine, and sleep well...the grounds have chairs, chaises and other comfortable places to recline...

Room Tip: I loved the suite inside the castle, but was told the apartments are wonderful too!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Castello di Tornano

Address: Localita Tornano SNC | Loc. Tornano, 53013, Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Gaiole in Chianti
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Gaiole in Chianti
Price Range: $152 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Castello di Tornano 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castello Di Tornano is located on a hillside in the Chianti Classico wine region. It offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, and rooms and apartments with satellite TV and bathroom. Rooms at the Castello are air conditioned and include a minibar. The apartments offer a fully fitted kitchen. The restaurant at the Castello Di Tornano serves Tuscan specialities and classic Italian cooking. The swimming pool is set in gardens and surrounded by trees. There is a tennis court, and guests can also enjoy the spa bath and massage treatments. The Castello Di Tornano Farm Stay is 18 km from Siena. ... more   less 
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