Need to know
50, including 18 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $573.13 (€510), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include American buffet breakfast and a return shuttle service to Florence or Siena.
Cookery classes (for up to six) can be arranged in advance. In summer, the hotel also offer twice-weekly yoga sessions in the grounds.
From mid-January to mid-March.
At the hotel
Two tennis courts, a gym and fitness suite, 740 acres of grounds and four waymarked hiking trails, Vespas and Fiat 500s to rent, a 12th-century wine cellar, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, slippers, bathrobes, Etro bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Start saving up for one of the frescoed Deluxe Suites, whose gorgeous murals were restored under the beady-eyed supervision of the Italian Fine Art Commission. You’ll sleep in opulence, thanks to the king-size beds topped with Egyptian linen, goose-down duvets and cashmere blankets, and you’ll bathe in splendour, thanks to the shiny marble-and-mosaic bathrooms. The Deluxe doubles are a more wallet-friendly choice; choose between a room in the main castle or, for extra romance, in one of the little farmhouses that flank it.
Head for the vivid 25m slice of aqua amid the garden's lawns and greenery. There are sunloungers and Indian-style umbrellas for shade, plus trees to read books under in the heat of the day – all with impressive views of the Chianti countryside.
The sheer memory of the Como Shambhala Retreat makes us relax and breathe deeply: an outdoor heated vitality pool, 10 whisper-quiet treatment rooms and expert masseuses who only need to feel a knot for it to unfurl.
Watercolours and a canvas for capturing Tuscan scenes; a bottle opener for boozy picnics.
Pets under 10kg can stay in all rooms for free. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tuscany.
Smith junior won’t just be welcome, they’ll be spoiled; under-6s can stay for free in a cot or bed. An extra bed can be added to all rooms but the Superior Double for €45 a night for under-11s (€90 for over-11s). Babysitting is €20 an hour.