The historic estate is now part of the COMO group
by Carolina Natoli
COMO Hotels and Resorts, the multi-awarded hotel group from Singapore with 14 locations all over the world, has made its debut in Italy with the opening of a new hotel in Tuscany, the first on continental Europe. It’s called COMO Castello Del Nero, the new exceptional historic estate with 300 hectares in the famous wine-producing Italian region of Chianti. The Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena are both 30 minutes away by car. In the heart of the facility there is a 12th century castle with 50 rooms and suites. The rooms are all the work of the Milanese designer Paola Navone.
Together with her, COMO Hotels and Resorts have also adapted the spa and cuisine to create a modern, relaxing retreat, making you feel at home with a well-aimed service, an experience of well-being with a therapeutic approach and a unique care to the quality of food. Each COMO experience bears the surrounding environment fully in mind and COMO Castello del Nero is no exception, proposing various activities in the whereabouts: from hikes, to guided cultural excursions. While the historic terracotta floors of the Castello, the frescoed walls and vaulted ceiling are untouched, Ms Navone decided to introduce a light and modern COMO aesthetic style to complete and enhance the history of the building without losing its authentic ancient spirit.
La Torre, the restaurant awarded with one Michelin star, is where there used to be the stables in winter while in summer it moves to the terrace with a garden. All the menus are overseen by the Executive Chef, Giovanni Luca Di Pirro who proposes a gourmet Italian cuisine, using the best Tuscan products, many of which come directly from the kitchen garden on the estate. The property has indeed its own vineyard, honey combs and olive groves. COMO Castello del Nero also has two more casual restaurants: La Taverna, serving typical Mediterranean dishes including Tuscan specialities and the Pavilion, proposing a Mediterranean-inspired cuisine; both are open in summer.
Moreover, on the premises there are tennis courts, a warmed outdoor swimming pool, open in summer and the COMO Shambhala Retreat spa where guests are taken care of and enthused by the deep competence for which the COMO Shambhala brand is known, including yoga lessons in the mornings and massages.
COMO CASTELLO DEL NERO
Str. Spicciano, 7
Tavernelle Val di Pesa (FI)
Tel. +39 55 806 470