About this listing
Montalto Castle lies in one of the loveliest and most unspoiled parts of the Chianti area of Tuscany. It has a rich past dating back over one thousand years. Much of the castle is from medieval times, with restorations of the 16th and 19th centuries.
Our guests share the use of swimming pool and other facilities (like tennis court and raquets, bicycles, a playground, bocce ball and ping pong, Parlour games, books, guides, a common laundry,...)
There are three 1-bedroom villas for rent, each suitable for 1 or 2 people: Scuola, Voliera and San Martino.
SCUOLA was the old school house of the village. All children, regardless of age, studied together in these two rooms. The cottage is just outside the gate, close to the swimming pool. The rear terrace is nestled in the trees and provides a quiet area for reading, dining or relaxing. It is composed by: sitting/dining room with fireplace, small sofa and kitchenette; bedroom with queen-size bed (separable into two singles); bathroom with stall shower.
VOLIERA is our easiest accessed cottage, as it is right off the road and has no steps throughout. It is just outside the walls of the castle, and has a small fenced garden for outdoor eating or relaxing. It is composed by: sitting room with kitchen corner and small sofa; bedroom with queen-size bed; bathroom with shower over tub.
SAN MARTINO is a small tower over the gate to the main castle courtyard -- the perfect nest for honeymooners. Downstairs there is a sitting room with fireplace and a mini-kitchenette (cooking facilities are minimal since there's very little space in that romantic little tower). A spiral wooden staircase leads upstairs where you can find a bedroom with queen-size bed and a bathroom with stall shower (no tub). There's a stone table under spreading linden tree in upper courtyard for outdoor eating or relaxing.
The estate has a swimming pool, tennis court, bocce ball court, laundry facilities and private garden areas. Enjoy the independence of a self-catering villa with all the advantages of a concierge's assistance.
There are many activities you can do right here at Montalto. Included in every villa rental:
•Maps of the many trails through fields and woods around the castle
Our swimming pool is 6x12 meters (20x40 ft) and has a deep end. We also have a bocce court for sand bowling and a covered ping-pong table. You are welcome to play tennis on our (old) court, which has a surface of synthetic grass and sand, and if you prefer asphalt or clay there are tennis clubs in Siena that accept temporary guests.
For health and wellness, we have miles of trails and dirt roads for walking and jogging, on and around our 700-acre estate, and a small work-out bench with weights for exercising.
Right on the border of the Montalto estate is an excellent horse-back riding school and equestrian center, where lessons in English mount and jumping are available, and interesting guided tours on horse-back through the countryside are organized daily. They also have a summer camp for children in June.
Interaction with Guests
We try to invite every guest for tea in the great hall. This gives you the opportunity to see the frescoed hall of arms, hear about the history of Montalto, and meet other guests that are staying with us.
We can also arrange for cooking lessons or italian language lessons upon request; contact us a few days ahead of time to book these.
The area of Tuscany around Montalto Castle is beautiful and peaceful but also very rich in history, art, good food and good wine. With its rich past dating back over one thousand years, the castle provides a truly unique setting for a vacation in Tuscany.
Montalto castle is the ideal home base for interspersing quiet days of rest and relaxation with interesting local excursions, because there is so much within reach: Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Cortona,... This is a great way to get to know a country in depth, and far more relaxing than an exhausting whirlwind tour of Italy.
Whether you are interested in art and culture or want to sample the local food and world-famous Chianti and Brunello wine, or to relax and rejuvenate with a day at a spa, you will find it all in the area surrounding the castle.
There is too much to list in a single page, so we’ve gathered some information and we always try to keep up to date on the many thingsto do in the surroundings, such as concerts, special events, etc.
Simply ask and we will be happy to provide the assistance you may need in planning your vacation.
You will need a car. There is no convenient public transportation to the Castle. If you wish, we can arrange an auto rental with pick up at the airport, at the train station or even directly at the castle.
Though located in one of the loveliest and most unspoiled parts of the Chianti area of Tuscany, Montalto is very accessible:
The major Italian highway (A1, the "Autostrada del Sole") is 30 km / 19 miles away: exits Valdarno to the north and Valdichiana to the south (see Driving directions).
The Florence airport is less than 1½ hours away. The Pisa airport is about two hours away, while the drive from the Rome airport takes three hours.
There are train stations at 12 km / 7 miles (Rapolano, for trains to the south) and at 18 km / 11 miles (Bucine, for trains to the north).
The nearest town, Castelnuovo Berardenga, is 10 km / 6 miles away, but there is a restaurant less than 3 km / 2 miles from Montalto and a village at 5 km / 3 miles.
Other Things to Note
A vacation villa at Montalto Castle will give you flexibility and independence, but at Montalto, unlike an isolated farmhouse, the owners live in the castle and have a knowledgeable assistant for help with tourist information, medical emergencies, the loan of extra equipment and any other need. We also offer a variety of additional services to make your stay complete.
Included in your rental:
•Kitchenware, sheets and towels (exchanged weekly), normal final cleaning
•Water, gas and electricity, heating, firewood
•Washing machines, in a common laundry and in four houses
•Use of swimming pool, tennis court and raquets, bicycles, a playground, bocce ball and ping pong,
•Parlour games, a multi-lingual library, television and a piano.
•Maps of the many trails through the fields and woods
Available for a fee:
•Wireless Internet and use of a computer
•Breakfast buffet: available 8-11 every morning.
Available for purchase:
•Postcards and stamps
•Wine from a family-owned vineyard
•Our own extra-virgin olive oil
•Organic produce from our organic vegetable garden. along with olive oil, eggs and honey.
Special services available:
•Wedding or special event planning
Montalto is a private estate, not a hotel.
Rentals are generally from Saturday to Saturday, with some flexibility and a minimum stay of 4 days. Short stays of 2 or 3 days can be accepted in Low seasons.
For bookings of two weeks or more, weeks after the first one benefit from a 20% discount.
Rental prices are per house, regardless of the number of occupants. Italian law requires us to remain strictly within the limits of the authorized maximum number of occupants of each house or apartment. An extra bed can be added at extra charge (where space permits) only for an infant or a child up to 12 years of age.
Pets are welcome, but require special permission and are not allowed in all houses, so please be sure to ask in advance.
About the Host, Chiara
Montalto Castle has long been family owned, first by the Berardenga family, then Palmieri, and finally by Giovanni and Diana Coda-Nunziante who acquired it from relatives in 1970. Since Giovanni’s death in January of 2014, Diana carries on with my assistance. I look after our guests’ needs and can give a wealth of information about local opportunities. Like Diana I speak English and Italian, fairly fluent French, some German and a little Spanish.
Some of you may remember me from several years ago, when I used to work as receptionist at Montalto before my two children were born. Now I am very happy to be back, as I truly love this place and enjoy meeting the interesting people who come here. Diana is happy, too!