Hidden by the hills of Tuscany is a 12th century castle by the name of COMO Castello Del Nero, sprawling 740 acres and adorned with Renaissance art and modern design. The interiors and contemporary furnishings, the work of Italian designer Paola Navone, marry the mediaeval times with the present. The grey colour palette complements the castle’s stone walls and ceilings, marble and mosaic detailing in the bathrooms and art on the walls.
Over at the COMO Shambhala Retreat, guests can expect a world of rejuvenation with massages, yoga sessions, guinot facials, a gentle sauna, ice fountain and aromatic steam room. For a holistic heavenly experience, opt for the Como Shambhala Retreat Signature Ritual which begins with a foot massage followed by a full-body exfoliation using sea salt and lavender-infused Tuscan olive oil sourced from the castle’s garden. For alone time, there’s a dedicated relaxation area complemented by mesmerising views of the Tuscan hillsides and lush greenery.
The living room of the Loft Suite at COMO Castello Del Nero
Courtesy of COMO Castello Del Nero
For dinner, Michelin-starred restaurant La Torre, led by Executive chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro, serves exquisite cuisine made from the finest Tuscan ingredients comprising herbs and greens, sourced from local farms and organic gardens.
From the ever-changing menu, choose the agnolotti filled with Chianina beef, morels and herbs and blue lobster with amberjack tartare or pea cream soup for dinner and indulge in a coconut mousse and mango for the sweetest ending. During summer, diners can bask in panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes from the al fresco terrace.
COMO Castello Del Nero brims with Italian luxury and historic splendour, an indelible retreat nestled within an ancient castle for a lifetime of memories.