Castello di Petroia one of the best castle hotels in Italy

One can never go wrong with Italian castle hotels, as most if not all of it offers more than just a fairytale experience. With most of these dating back to the middle ages and situated in the lush Italian countryside, you’re in for a memorable stay. Perched on forested hills or surrounded by vineyards, from former fortresses to noble residences, here are some of the best castle hotels in Italy that you just have to experience. 

9 Best Castle Hotels in Italy

1. Castello Bevilacqua, Bevilacqua, Verona

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A delightful castle hotel in Verona that impresses the moment you step into its vast grounds, Castello Bevilacqua fulfills every fairytale-esque expectations. The approach to the hotel is lined with pine trees that wind through well-kept gardens and sweeping lawns.

As you enter this restored 14th-century castle, you are greeted by glass chandeliers, tasseled curtains, and huge paintings. Each of the guest rooms is uniquely styled, but all have antique furnishings, timbered ceilings and fantastic views of the hills.

Even the restaurant is des yo look like it’s right out of the middle ages, as well as the stoned walled wine cellar that offers tastings with platters of local charcuterie and cheese and served by candlelight.

Average review rating

9.0 Excellent

Location

Via Roma 50, Bevilacqua, Bevilacqua, Italy, 37040

2. Castello di Velona Resort, Montalcino, Tuscany

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With balconies or patios overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site Val d’Orcia, a stay at Castello di Velona Resort in Montalcino, Tuscany is sure to be unforgettable. Built primarily as a fortress in the 12th century before a noble family took over in the 1500s, the castle retains its old watchtower as well as the main loggia.

All of the castle’s  46 rooms have elegant yet cozy furnishings and comes with fantastic views of surrounding areas.

One of Castello di Velona Resort’s major draws though is the hot spring spa that has two mineral pools, Turkish bath and sauna, and treatments that make use of local grapes and olive oil.

The castle hotel also serves some fine Brunello di Montalcino, which is made at the hotel’s own winery. 

Average review rating

8.5 Very Good

Location

Località Velona – Castelnuovo dell’Abate, 53024 Montalcino, Italy

How to book

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3. Castello Orsini, Nerola, Lazio, Italy

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located near the Italian capital city of Rome, the 10th-century Castello Orsini is the oldest castle in Italy. Situated on a hilltop, it is the closest castle hotel to the eternal city yet staying here feels like you’re worlds away.

This castle hotel is frequented by couples and also a popular wedding venue, and features a thermal pool, spa, and restaurant. History buffs are also regular guests here, and they’re usually found at the crenelated corner towers and the castle’s lush gardens.

Castello Orsini’s interiors are filled with reminders of its medieval origins such as knight statues and hanging tapestries designed with coats of arms. As gorgeous  as the rest of the castle, all the guest rooms in Castello Orsini has amazing views over Sabina and Nerola,

Average review rating

8.4 Very Good

Location

Via Bigelli Aldo, 54, 00017 Nerola RM, Italy

How to book

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4. Castel Monastero, Chianti, Tuscany

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tucked within the lush Chianti hills is the former monastery turned noble residence, Castel Monastero. Its secluded location makes it a go-to destination for guests who want to enjoy a more private, relaxing time and a good number of them are honeymooners.

This castle hotel has 74 well-appointed rooms, a full-service spa, a two-tiered outdoor pool, and on-site tennis courts. Castel Monastero is also home to a medieval wine cellar turned restaurant overseen by renowned chef none other than Gordon Ramsay.

If you want to venture out and explore nearby vineyards and charming villages like Val d’Orcia and Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castel Monastero offers guided bike tours and rentable Vespas. 

Average review rating

8.8 Fabulous

Location

Località Monastero D’Ombrone, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy 

How to book

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5. Castello di Monterone, Umbria, Perugia

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 13th century Castello di Monterone easily impresses with its white stone facade, well-kept grounds and a large pool that has awe-inspiring views of the countryside. The interiors are just as delightful, with its wooden staircases and ceiling frescoes inspired by the castle hotel’s medieval origins.

The on-site bar features stained glass windows, a perfect backdrop ad you sample regional wines and Umbrian cuisine. Guests at Castello di Monterone also has access to the rooftop walkway that offers amazing views of the valley between Assisi and Perugia.

Average review rating

9.3 Fantastic

Location

Strada Montevile, 3, 06126 Perugia, Itália 

How to book

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6. Castello di Casole, d’Elsa, Tuscany

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 10th-century castle turned boutique hotel Castello di Casole is located in Tuscany, in 4,200 rolling acres of lush countryside. The approach to the castle is particularly idyllic, as you walk through a road lined with cypress trees.

With sweeping views of its surrounding areas in all of its rooms, Castello di Casole provides guests with an unforgettable Italian castle hotel experience. Apart from the idyllic setting and the gorgeous castle, there’s also an infinity pool for guests to relax in, a restaurant that serves some of the finest Tuscan cuisine and a wine cellar for a taste of some regional wines. 

Average review rating

9.4 Superb

Location

Localita Querceto, 53031 Casole dʼElsa, Italy 

How to book

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7. Castello di Petroia, Umbria, Perugia

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Situated on an 800-acre hilltop estate, Castello di Petroia is known for being the birthplace of a Duke of Urbino. Still surrounded by a protective wall, this brilliantly preserved 11th-century stronghold is among the best and highly recommended castle hotels in Italy.

You’d instantly feel like you’re transported to the Renaissance era with the castle hotel’s exposed beam ceilings, antiques and original paintings from the 18th century. Guests also have access to a seasonal pool, Friesian horse stable, and scenic hiking trails.

The onsite restaurant meanwhile, has timbered ceiling, huge fireplace, long adorned and lit by candelabras as well as leather-backed chairs. 

Average review rating

9.4 Fantastic

Location

Località Petroia, 06024 Mengara, Itália 

How to book

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8. Castello di Guarene, Guarene, Cuneo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Castello di Guarene is said to have been built on the site of a fortress from the Middle Ages but looks anything but medieval. This lovely late Baroque castle features high ceilings, stone walls, parquet floors, and chandeliers – all a result of nobleman Carlo Giacinto Roero’s renovations in the 18th century.

The gardens are just as stunning, with views of the distant Piedmontese hills. One of the best cast hotels in Italy, Castello di Guarene’s guest suites are quite lavish — with antique furniture, silk and velvet tapestries and heavy drapes framing the windows.

This castle hotel is also home to a restaurant that serves local specialties, a spa, an indoor pool built inside a rock cave and wine cellar. 

Average review rating

9.6 Exceptional

Location

Via Alessandro Roero 2, 12050 Guarene, Itália 

How to book

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9. Castello Banfi – Il Borgo, Montalcino, Tuscany

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The highly-rated Castello Banfi dates back to the middle ages, with a farmers’ village built around it.  The castle is mow themed around the region’s winemaking legacy, with each of the guest rooms named after wines produced by local vintners.

Like most castle hotels in Italy, Castello Banfi has its own wine shop and fine dining restaurant with views of the vineyards.

For guests who are not into wine, there’s a white stone pool, a bottle, and a glass museum or stroll through the brick pathways that wind through a rose garden, ivy-covered archways, and cypress trees. 

Average review rating

9.7 Exceptional

Location

Poggio Alle Mura, 53024 Poggio Alle Mura, Itália 

How to book

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