COMO Hotels and Resorts has opened a new hotel in Tuscany. COMO Castello Del Nero is an exceptional 300-hectare historic estate in the world-famous Chianti wine region of Italy. At the property’s heart stands a 12th-century castle featuring 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer, Paola Navone.
This is a significant addition to the COMO Group, not least because it is the first COMO hotel to open on continental Europe. It fulfils an important ambition for the founder, Mrs Christina Ong, who has always cultivated a strong allegiance to Italy.
“I have a deep affection for the Italian aesthetic. I admire how they can layer up history with modernity and come up with the most exquisite result,” says Christina Ong: “Italians may be the masters of Baroque, but they also understand the way simplicity resonates in its own unique and powerful way, from design to food.”
Working with Navone, COMO Hotels and Resorts have softly adjusted the spa and culinary offerings to create a contemporary retreat offering precise service, therapeutic wellness experiences and exceptional, carefully sourced food.
While the Castello’s historic terracotta flooring, fresco walls and vaulted ceilings remain untouched, Navone has introduced a lighter, more modern ‘COMO’ aesthetic to complement and enhance the period bones of the Castello without losing any of the deeply authentic historic texture.
The Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant is located in the original stables of the castle in the winter, transferring to the garden terrace in summer, with all menus overseen by executive chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro. Menus showcase gourmet Italian cuisine using the finest Tuscan produce, much from the estate’s kitchen-garden; the estate has its own vineyard, beehives and olive groves.
COMO Castello Del Nero also features two informal restaurants: La Taverna and, during the summer months, the Pavilion. The Pavilion offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and COMO signature dishes, while traditional Italian dishes, including many Tuscan favourites, feature on the menu at La Taverna.
In addition, there are tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool as well as a COMO Shambhala Retreat. This is where guests will feel healed and inspired by the deep expertise for which COMO Shambhala is known, including complimentary morning yoga and therapeutic massages.
For more information please visit comohotels.com/castellodelnero