We stayed here for three nights and it was a highlight of our Italian adventure.
The castle itself is lovely and the setting in the rolling hills is just gorgeous. Its location makes day trips possible to San gimignano and Pisa but I'd recommend sat nav.
Meals are all prepared to a very high standard and served out on a terrace. The staff were all very helpful and friendly throughout our stay but a special mention has to go to Singh and the chef Manuele.
If you have a chance the cooking class is a must. Manuele is a great teacher and is clearly passionate about the food he serves. We learnt to make 4 dishes from scratch and had a lot of fun both making the dishes and eating them. Classes are flexible- when someone commented how much they liked pesto he amended his original plan so we could learn this.
We also had a chance to go horse riding which was fun and gives you a good view of the castles grounds.
We stayed in the cottage behind reception which was quaint and peaceful but didn't have the views others mention on here.
The swimming pool was nice and refreshing but don't waste your time going to the tennis courts as these are extremely poorly maintained.
Overall a great escape between the hustle and bustle of the big cities and highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Castello Di Tornano Hotel Gaiole In Chianti
- Castello Di Tornano Gaiole In Chianti, Tuscany, Italy