Castles around the world have a yesteryear allure, capable to fascinate not only kids. In Italy, it is possible to discover ancient manors from North to South, but what if just a visit isn’t enough? The most demanding dreamers have the possibility of living a fairy tale, by staying in historic residences, among the finest in the world, and a few kilometers from the main cities.
Between Tuscany and Lazio, it is possible to discover peaceful spots where you can relax far away from big cities, surrounded by an unspoiled natural landscape. The province of Viterbo features some historic gems that are maybe less known to tourists and therefore ideal for spending relaxing days visiting places of timeless charm. The perfect starting point for a dream holiday is the Santa Cristina Castle, a lovely historic mansion where you can stay to plunge into an atmosphere of yesteryear. The Castle overlooks a village, now restored and converted into an agritourism, surrounded by acres of land where you can play tennis, cycling or horseback riding. The absolute must see to end your day beautifully is the Castle Spa: The Ayurvedic massages from their skilled therapists are magnificient.
Montalcino is a destination that immediately evokes the wonders of Tuscany, surrounded by endless rows of vineyards that led to one of the best wines in the world. To preserve this centuries-old, picturesque and culinary charm, on a hill a few kilometres away, the Castello di Velona, Resorts, Thermal Spa and Winery with an antique allure, dating back to the 11th century. The setting is amazing: an imposing structure stands in the greenery of vineyards and olive groves, creating today a luxury relais which houses modern rooms and a restaurant offering Tuscan specialties that are inevitably combined with Brunello wine tasting in the annexed cellar. The Castello di Velona is also ideal for a detox weekend, with its Spa treatments, relaxation and privacy; you can book the Spa Suite with private booths directly in your room.
In the province of Chieti, there is the Castello di Semivicoli, a baronial palace built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today it is a relais de charme, with evocative environments where the minimal taste of the room furnishings harmoniously cohabits with the charm of the historic structure. Our tip is to find some time to feel at home and enjoy minute after minute the wonderful view stretching from the Maiella massif until the calm waters of the Adriatic Sea, just a few minutes away. Visitors to the Castle can live a unique experience participating in yoga classes at the fitness center, or by booking cooking or painting lessons and ending the day sipping excellent local wine from the Masciarelli winery.
The characteristics of the Trentino relais and charm and relaxation meet in Hotel Villa di Campo, an elegant country house of Terme di Comano, among the oldest residences in Trentino Alto Adige. The Brenta Dolomites dominate the landscape, protecting the structure which is surrounded by a natural park where you can also participate in agricultural activities in the biodynamic garden. The silence invites guests to rediscover themselves, by immersing in a timeless, fairytale landscape, where the Tower of the Villa seems to fulfill desires and bring back childhood memories.
In the South, in the heart of Salento, the neo-medieval summer residence of the noble family of the Schiavone is living a second youth. After a careful restoration, the Vinilia Wine Resort was opened, from whose scalloped towers you can get lost in the fiery colours of sunrise and sunset. If from outside the Castle recalls Gothic elements, inside the atmosphere is warm, enlivened by pop and vintage furnishing, design pieces and 50s and 60s details and the unmissable dining experience of the Casamatta restaurant.