Castello Banfi Il Borgo
Castello di Poggio alle Mura, 1, Montalcino, Italy
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At Castello Banfi il Borgo, the 14-room boutique is only the keep to this Tuscan castle-on-a-hill — the castello is the headquarters of the working wine estate, while the borgo is the boutique hotel that’s been fashioned from the adjoining village buildings. If the property ended at the sandstone walls, it would still be a must-visit for anyone passing through the countryside near Siena. Thankfully, there’s also the small matter of a seven-thousand-acre vineyard, sloping gently down from the fortress to meet the surrounding valley.
The postcard-ready look of the castle lording over its lush domain is a pretty good indication of what you’ll find within the walls: exposed stone arches, vaulted ceilings and sturdy timber beams. It’s all very well preserved and restored, and while modern amenities abound — flat screen TVs and wi-fi, et cetera — they tend to exist unobtrusively so as not to disturb one iota of the hotel’s period elegance. There’s actually quite a bit of variation between the guest rooms, although floral patterns tend to creep up consistently (think of them as top notes).
Between the swimming pool at the edge of the vineyards and the wine-cellar taverna, there’s no shortage of luxury, but some of the more intriguing aspects of the estate hint at the richness of the experience. The 13th-century wing houses a museum of glass that features artifacts from ancient Rome to the present. If pitchers and urns aren’t really your thing, get this: they’ve recently unearthed a complete whale skeleton on the estate grounds. Castello Banfi il Borgo: come for the wine, stay for the giant fossils.
Please note: Castello Banfi Il Borgo is open seasonally, March through November.
How to get there: Castello Banfi Il Borgo is approximately two and a half hours by car from the Rome, Florence or Pisa airports. If you are using a GPS device simply type “Poggio alle Mura” in the destination field.
The closest train stations are Grosseto (coastal line Rome/Genova) one hour by car and Chiusi-Chianciano Terme (internal line Rome/Florence) one hour and 45 minutes.
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- Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
- Bottle of Italian spumante in room upon arrival
- A guided tasting of three estate premier Sangiovese wines
- Farewell gift of Castello Banfi Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 14 Rooms
- Style: Traditional Elegance
- Atmosphere: Quiet
- 3 Guest Reviews
- Castello Banfi Il Borgo
- Castello di Poggio alle Mura, 1
- Montalcino, Italy
Hotel amenities and services
- 24 hour concierge
- 24 hour front desk
- 24 hour medical assistance
- Babysitting (on request)
- Business center
- Central air conditioning
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi
- Golf nearby
- Luggage storage
- Multi-lingual staff
- No pets allowed
- Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
- Room service
- Spa treatments (on request)
- Wake-up service
- Wine Cellar
- Wine tours nearby