COMO Castello del Nero in Tuscany – Low Calorie Diets Tips

It was a local Tuscan dislike of golf resorts that led to the opening of COMO Castello del Nero just before the pandemic. Once owned by the noble Florentine Del Nero family, the Chianti estate has practiced traditional Tuscan agriculture and way of life since the 12th century. But by the 1980s it had gone through several changes of ownership and fallen into the hands of a major international development company with an eye on greens.

Fortunately, the community prevailed, the deal fell through, nature and tradition were preserved. The property found better management under the control of an American real estate investor who turned it into a small hotel instead, leaving the farmland and vineyards intact. The result is not just another incongruous set of fairways in a beautiful location, but a living testament to history.

He first opened it as a spa destination, which did well for several years before the lack of a gourmet kitchen became a problem. In 2018, the COMO Group got involved and acquired the hotel. It was a fitting alliance, as COMO is the global leader in luxury wellness, with a portfolio that includes escapes like COMO’s Shambhala Estate in Bali and Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

It is COMO’s first outpost in continental Europe, and according to local magazine The Florentine, it fulfilled an important goal for COMO’s founder, Christina Ong, who has strong ties to Italy and had stayed at Castello del Nero in the early 2000s.

“I have a deep affection for the Italian aesthetic,” Ms. Ong dem said Florentine in 2019. “I admire how they can layer history with modernity and achieve the most exquisite result. Italians may be the masters of the Baroque, but they also understand how simplicity resonates in its own unique and powerful way, from design to food.”

Now COMO Castello Del Nero is a 740-acre historic property with 50 rooms and suites, many of which have views over the surrounding Chianti countryside. The castle’s historic frescoed walls and vaulted ceilings remain untouched, while Milanese interior designer Paola Navone introduced a light and modern ‘COMO aesthetic’. The result, said one of my travel companions, is like visiting a “fancy aunt”.

Except here, you’re allowed to touch everything, sit in every chair, and settle into a claw-foot tub for a long soak. The design is quietly luxurious but not intimidating, elegant but never opulent, even with the luminous frescoes over the freestanding beds in the premium suites.

The location between Florence and Siena means you have easy access to a number of excellent restaurants, but there are also good reasons to stay local. Fine-dining restaurant La Torre has earned a Michelin star for its careful interpretation of Tuscan produce, but there’s always a more casual option. In the winter, guests settle into La Taverna, a bar set in the original 12th-century kitchen, serving a selection of pasta and other simple fare. In summer, a lighter version of the same menu is offered by the pool or in the gazebo.

There is an excellent wine list, but very little of it comes from the vines featured in all those postcard views. Only about a third of these Sangiovese grapes are currently used to produce about 14,000 bottles a year. The first vintage, 2019, was released last summer and the 2020 is coming soon. The idea is to export it to other COMO facilities around the world along with olive oil.

In turn, the Italian property imports COMO’s signature therapeutic expertise (and its divine-smelling spa products, which are also found in guest rooms) and draws on a variety of Asian traditions, from Ayurveda to Thai massage and more standard Spa rate. Yoga is free.

Mindfulness doesn’t just come on the mat, of course. Other activities guests can get lost in are vineyard walks, truffle hunting, wine and olive oil tastings, and cooking classes. From campus, guests can take guided tours of Renaissance cities or set out in Fiat 500s to explore the region, stopping at cozy wineries like Podere la Piaggia, where the owners set out plates of pecorino and prosciutto, followed by homemade pappardelle with the perfect pesto.

That’s well above average if you ask me.

Getting there: For those arriving from the UK, the Inspiring Travel Company offers packages This includes a three-day stay in November, as well as flights and transfers.

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