COMO Castello Del Nero: Presenting Paola Navone’s interiors, Michelin-starred restaurants, and Italian luxury at its finest
Under the Tuscan sun
Well-seasoned travellers would be familiar with the magic of COMO Hotels and Resorts. From the glistening emerald waters of COMO Maalifushi to the beautiful mid-19th century state buildings that is COMO The Treasury in Perth, the Singaporean hospitality group is spot on when it comes to handpicking exquisite locations for their ventures.
Their latest slice of paradise, surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, is another sight to behold. Ensconced in luxury within the spectacular vistas of Tuscany, COMO Castello Del Nero is a 740-acre, historic estate in the famed Chianti wine region of Italy — a breezy 30-minute drive from both Florence and Siena. If you're looking for a place to recharge your batteries and soul, the unbridled beauty and tranquility of COMO Castello Del Nero will deliver.
"I have a deep affection for the Italian aesthetic. I admire how they can layer up history with modernity and come up with the most exquisite result," says Christina Ong, founder of COMO Group, who has long had a strong allegiance to Italy. COMO Castello Del Nero marks Ong's first foray into continental Europe.
Fronting fresh interiors by Milanese designer Paola Navone, COMO's latest baby showcases 50 rooms and suites in a majestic 12th century castle. Its structural framework remains as is — Navone left the Castello's historic terracotta flooring, fresco walls and imposing vaulted ceilings untouched, and instead complements that with an elegant, modern aesthetic.
Ditch any plans to leave the Castello, for it is here that you will be wined and dined to the envy of many. There is Michelin-starred La Torre, which focuses on a farm to table concept using the finest Tuscan produce, as well as the more casual La Taverna and the Pavilion, serving up traditional Italian dishes and Mediterranean-inspired fare respectively. Then there are the usual suspects — tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a COMO Shambhala Retreat, which is in our opinion the next best thing to heaven. Morning yoga to a sublime sunrise, breakfast out on a patio, followed by a languid massage into blissful oblivion? That's a day hard to be beaten in our books.