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The hotel is closed for renovations until April 2011. High on a gentle hill overlooking the peaceful Val d' Orcia and the distant 5,700 ft. summit of Tuscany's highest mountain peak, Mt. Amiata, is the breathtaking site of the newly reconstructed luxury boutique hotel, Castello di Velona.
An 11th century fortress and once the villa of famous Sienese families, the Castello di Velona is today an exclusive relais where history beautifully blends with art, viniculture and gastronomy. Siena is but a half-hour drive; you can listen to the Gregorian chant of monks in Sant' Antimo a short walk away; go wine tasting; relax in the library or frescoed chapel; cool off by the pool and, later, dine in the hotel's gourmet restaurant on the finest Tuscan cuisine sipping world-renowned wines of the region. The Castello di Velona is an ideal starting point to explore the many mountain towns of the Val d'Orcia, a region that, during the summer months, is renowned for its many art exhibitions, theatre presentations, music concerts and village country fairs. A gentle undulating two-lane highway connects the Castello to various mountain villages Montalcino, only 9 km away, and Montepulciano among the best known for their prized wines, and popular tourist destinations such as Castiglione d'Orcia, San Quirico d' Orcia, Pienza. Within walking distance from the castle is the extraordinarily beautiful Abbey of Sant'Antimo, founded originally in the ninth century by Benedictine monks. Finally, the Castello di Velona is a mere half hour drive from famed Siena. Please note: Castello di Velona is closed during the months of December and January.
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Business Meeting, Romantic Getaway, Spa & Wellness, Wedding, Wineries / Wine Tasting
Florence-Peretola International Airport (FLR)
80 miles/130 km/90 minutes
May through October