5 Castle Hotels Where You'll Get the Royal Treatment

by Christopher Atwood

Imagine yourself pampered in Italy.

Imagine slumbering inside a stone tower.

Imagine your room is adorned with frescoes.

In Italy’s countryside, castles aren't something out of a fantasy novel. They’re real – filled with medieval spires, banquet halls, and centuries-old charm.

With inside connections (ahem, See Italy, ahem), your guests can travel to an age of maidens and knights. In fact, many of Italy’s historic estates have been converted into luxury boutique hotels. Most of these castles have been in the same family for hundreds upon hundreds of years.

Don’t worry, the plumbing is not medieval!


Historically, Italy’s castles were built on hills. Elevation afforded the residents unobstructed views of the surrounding valleys – an advantage in case of attack by rival families. Perched on high, these castles wow travelers by pairing stunning scenery paired with historic grandeur.

Below you’ll find 5 Italian Castles Travelers Can Stay In:



Ranked among the “Best Wineries to Visit in Tuscany" by Food &Wine Enthusiast magazine, Castello Banfi is located in the rolling countryside outside Montalcino. The property spans 7,100 acres of land – one-third of which is draped in vineyards. On-site, you’ll find the Poggio castle, which dates to at least 1318. Guests can slumber in style in the castle’s meticulously designed suites – overlooking Tuscany’s verdant wine country. Travelers can sip prized Brunello reds in the cellar or dine under a vaulted ceiling



Dating to 1025, Rivalta Castle has been owned by the same family since the 14th-century. To this day, it is inhabited by Counts of the Zanardi-Landi family. Visitors can tour the castle with a guide upon request – exploring the banquet hall, kitchen, prisons, cellars and medieval tower. In the nearby borgo (town), guests can slumber at the sumptuous Torre di San Martino Hotel—also owned by the same family. The hotel boasts 10 elegant rooms, which are festooned with exposed wooden beams, canopy beds, and period details.



The Le Marche region is undiscovered Italy – brimming with scenic views, rugged coast, and green valleys. Castello di Monterado, a palace dating to 1267, marries modern luxury with historic touches. Originally built as a fortified hilltop town, the building was renovated in the Renaissance and 18th-century. It boasts frescoes and Napoleonic period furniture. Owned and run by the same family, this boutique hotel offers suites and elegant apartments. Travelers here can enjoy cooking classes, horseback ride, and private wine tastings.



Perched on a green hill in Italy's lush Umbria region, the Monterone Castle pairs deluxe relaxation with regal décor. Built in the 1200s outside the walled city of Perugia, the castle has been lovingly restored. Today, it hosts 18 rooms – with exposed stone walls and fresco-crowned ceilings. Panoramic suites offer guests an unblocked view of the hilltop gem of Perugia. Food and wine lovers might dine in style in the castle’s historic cellars. Additional amenities include an on-site rose garden, sauna, and spa.



In the heart of the Chianti, between Florence and Siena, you’ll find Vicchiomaggio Castle – dating to the 1400s. The castle still boasts its original defensive walls and tower. Guests here can relax in elegant suites or family-friendly apartments. Leonardo Da Vinci himself once stayed at Vicchiomaggio! As part of an active farm, the castle vaunts 33 vineyards and 10 olive groves – producing Chianti Classico and extra virgin oils. Both can be sampled in the castle’s tasting cellar.

You deserve the royal treatment. So, why not live like a queen in one of Italy’s scenic castles? We’d be thrilled to roll out the red carpet for you. Click below to view our sample Tuscany escape:

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