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Castello di Tornano
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Syracuse, New York
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14 reviews
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“Very nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maputo, Mozambique
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TRAVELNOW585
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houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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dublin
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

We spent 2 days in 3 days in Florence before we arrived at Castello di Tornano so we needed a well earned rest. Our room was in the tower and as soon as we checked in, we fell in love with the place. The mood was very relaxed and gentle. We had a hire car (you really do need a car here!!) and took a short drive to Gaiole and to Radda which were both really pretty towns. One evening for dinner, we had the Florentine steak - it was the best steak we had. We did the wine tour and Victor made it both informing and fun. The views from our room were amazing. If we had one criticism it was that the bed was a little hard. When we got home, we drank our bottle of Castello di Tornano Chianti and it brought back great memories. We were only able to stay 2 x nights but would have happily stayed longer. Great place for a quiet romantic break.

Room Tip: The rooms in the tower were amazing but there is no lift so travel light! Use a car - public transp...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

We stayed here last week while travelling around Tuscany.
The location is fantastic, amazing views, quiet surroundings, the building is great...
The room was very good size and comfortable.
The only disappointment was that they forgot that we wanted to do wine tasting. I had booked it a few weeks before but when we got there they said they didn't have anything in the diary and the person that does the wine tasting wasn't there.
The day after they recognised they have received my mail but forgot to put it in the agenda... I wasn't very impressed by that, specially considering they were not very apologetic.
The service in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast was great, very attentive and friendly.
For dinner, they have a set tasting menu. 5 courses for 40£ pp, i thought this was quite expensive considering we we ate.
I would definitely stay here again, but eat else where.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank mrodri81
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Madison, Florida
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29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

FROM THE NOMAD ARCHITECT (thenomadarchitect.blogspot.com)

Tuscany - There are few places on earth that cannot be adequately described in words or even photographs. Wales, Big Sur, Whidbey Island and of course Panama City Beach, Florida (just kidding). Some places are more than scenery or food or even people. They have a vibe that must be experienced first hand. Tuscany is like no other place you will ever visit. Yes it has rolling hills, vineyards, ancient fortresses and the best food in all of Europe. It also has more small, unique B&B's and hotels than any region of Italy. And fortunately, for us Nomads, it has managed to avoid the commercialization and wanton development so prevalent in other tourist laden areas of Europe. This is amazing, given the recent media coverage of this romantic part of Central Italy. Come on, admit it, you know you would love to buy a house in Tuscany just like Diane Lane did in "Under The Tuscan Sun" and enjoy the uniqueness and eccentricities of one of the truly great cultures of the world.


For me, visiting Italy and particularly Tuscany, was a life changing experience. In fact, I think I could say it was profound on multiple levels. Going to Italy was our first trip abroad and it didn't occur until I was almost fifty. Fifty!! That's a subject for another day and another post. For my wife and myself, this was going to be a big deal. We started planning our trip a year before we left. We read every Rick Steves book. We bought every relevant publication we could find. Our laptop favorites became a localized version of the Library of Congress Card Catalog for Italy. And we listened to our Italian language CD and practiced our new found love for the Italian culture daily. And even though no one thought we were local, I do think they appreciated our willingness to understand their language, which is, after all, the door to any culture.


A word here about the Ugly American Syndrome. If you refuse to learn their language, if you demand an American style hotel and if you act as though their world revolves around yours, you will be branded with that most uncomplimentary title and you will be just another American tourist. Just don't do it!!! Rick Steves gives great advice when he tells us to live like a local. Don't misunderstand. Europeans, particularly Italians, love Americans. It's a behavioral attitude thing. If you make every attempt to follow Mr. Steves' advice, you will not just be a traveler in a strange land. You will absorb everything that makes that culture unique and wonderful. In Italy, we became one with everything we encountered. It's like Beethoven's Fifth Symphony or McCartney's Yesterday - It is more than just the music, the sounds, the food or even the people. It becomes part of your mind, body and soul.


So what does all of this have to do with my assertion that visiting Italy was an epiphany? If you truly try to "fit in" and relish every unique, quirky and "un-American" aspect of a country, you will take something important from your visit that will always stay with you. Italy and its people have a passion for their culture, their food and their way of life that is unmatched anywhere in the world. Any culture that has given us real pizza and opera must be appreciated at every level. Any Nomad worth his/her salt is desirous to get as close to and absorb as much of the reality of Italy as possible. To be a true Nomad you must go where tourists do not go and experience the people, local customs and unique culture of a country. Italy has it all - great food, great wine, world class museums, architectural antiquities, great small hotels and wonderful people. But the hidden corners of Tuscany provide a richness and joy of life that must be experienced firsthand to be appreciated.


After spending the night in an elegant B&B located in the ancient hill town of Montepulciano that has been in the same family for seven hundred years, we drove with great anticipation to our central Tuscany destination, Castello di Tornano, a small boutique hotel designed within the original walls of a medieval castle tower originally built in the tenth century. We arrived about three in the afternoon ,very hungry, as we could not locate a place to eat in the hills of Tuscany on a Sunday afternoon. This turned out to be very advantageous for us. The hotel manager, Massimo, met us upon arrival, and whisked us three flights up to our room to ensure that it was acceptable to us. With a bed right out of an Italianate palace, a bathroom fit for a duke or duchess and views of the Tuscany countryside through three foot thick stone walls, I assured Massimo that the room would indeed do. Without so much as a moment's hesitation, Massimo dispatched his young assistant to fetch our luggage and quickly transport it to our room. So far pretty good, right? Well, it gets better.


I asked Massimo if we might get some snacks or something to eat, as we had not eaten since that morning. After being ushered to a small table on the terrace overlooking the hills of Tuscany, Massimo and his assistant sprang into action. After being seated, a small umbrella was unfurled over our heads and plates of food began to appear, along with a bottle of their own estate wine. Bruschetta, prosciutto, risotto, cheeses,vegetables and Italian bread was laid before us as though we were the only people in their little kingdom. On this lazy spring Sunday afternoon, with the woman that I fell in love with even before I met her, this fabulous impromptu Italian meal was eaten with intense delight, overlooking one of the most romantic places on earth. We were suspended between heaven and earth. Actors on the set of the perfect drama.


Since Castello di Tornano is well off the beaten path, all of our meals were included as part of our stay. And just like the Sunday afternoon feast, the other meals did not disappoint. Everything was local, simply prepared and served with a smile. As we prepared to leave for the next leg of our Tuscan holiday, we knew that we had been immersed in the very essence of all that is Italian. Heading south to Umbria, there simply was no doubt that we had experienced a special place of elegance and beauty that any Nomad would be proud to call home, even if only for a short while.


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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Castello di Tornano
Address: Localita Tornano SNC | Siena, 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 #4 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Gaiole in Chianti
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Hotel Class:3 star — Castello di Tornano 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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