Castello di Velona
A THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY IN A UNION OF ART, NATURE, BEAUTY, GOOD TASTE AND STYLE.
Standing above the old Via Clodia, which connected southern Etruria to Rome, Velona Castle was built as a medieval fortress in the 11th century.
The Watchtower remains intact from the 12th century, a reminder of the old rivalry between Siena and Florence. The rear part of the Castle is from the late medieval period.
In the Renaissance, a period which gave us the Main Loggia, the Castle was turned into a residential villa; "Velona" is represented in frescoed maps in the Vatican by the famous cosmographer, geographer and mathematician from Perugia Ignazio Danti.
Darkness fell over the Castle for many centuries, until 1997, when it was resurrected from the ruins and turned into a luxury relais, thanks to restructuring work that retained the original structure of the residence. The company Podere Castello 1997 srl, which purchased the property in 2003, undertook renovation and extension works, supervised by Ing. Fabiani, the result being the modern-day Castello di Velona Resort.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
With the aromas of the herbs and spices and typical colours of the Tuscan countryside, the vineyards and olive groves surrounding the Castle, the Hotel's wine and food offer fully satisfies the body and soul, both in the rustic Il Brunello in the historical part of the Castle, and in the modern setting of the Settimo SensoRestaurant, created in the new wing.
The rooms inside look onto the Val D'Orcia thanks to the panoramic terracesof the Castle's two restaurants, one to the east, exposed to the first rays of the sun, the other to the west, pointing towards the sunset.
Here guests experience complete sensory emotions, immersed in the silence and romance of the landscape, sampling fine wines and the olive oil produced by the Castle estate, and tasting the specialities of regional Tuscan and Mediterranean Italian cuisine, a blend of creativity in the kitchen and respect for the seasons and for genuine ingredients.
THE CHEF ALSO ACCEPTS SPECIAL REQUESTS, PREPARING THE MENU DIRECTLY WITH THE GUEST, IN ORDER TO CREATE A UNIQUE GOURMET EXPERIENCE.
Brunello di Montalcino, produced in the 5 hectares of vineyards on the estate, is top of the wine list, to be tasted in the internal Cloister, the veritable hub of Velona Castle, enclosed overhead by a glass dome.
There is also the Dolce Vita Pool Restaurant, in the swimming pool and wellness area, where at any time of day it is possible to find a refreshing drink, aperitif, barbecue, pizza and other tasty dishes.
OUR GOURMET RESTAURANT SETTIMO SENSO
Located in the new wing of the Castle, the elegant gourmet restaurant Settimo Senso can accommodate up to 120 diners. It has a west-pointing panoramic terrace offering a great view of the Val d'Orcia. At sunset the panorama is unique, a natural backdrop for romantic dinners and special events.
The Chef proposes a sensory journey through dishes that are sophisticated but inspired by Tuscan culinary traditions, expertly and creatively re-interpreting the old flavours of this land.
Each dish is accompanied by fine wines, in particular the Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcinoproduced by the Castello di Velona estate on its 5 hectares of vineyards, under its own name.
DOLCE VITA POOL RESTAURANT
Situated in the swimming pool and wellness area, throughout the day guests can go to the Pool Restaurantfor a break, with tasty light snacks and refreshing drinks on offer.
The outdoor pools overlooking the Val d'Orcia, offeri a stunning view of the surrounding countryside and the vineyards of the castle.
Here the view sweeps 360° degrees around on the rolling Tuscan hills with the feeling of being magically suspended on the landscape.
The water games and hydro massage beds in each of the pools, tickle with an energetic, yet relaxing massage that stimulates circulation and eases tension.
A large area is dedicated to the solarium with large awnings that provide shade, king size gazebos and comfortable chaise longue to ensure a total relaxation and a pure wellness experience.
Inside the Spa, guests will find a very private bath with Jacuzzi in the wet area, and a larger circular pool connected by a small tunnel to the outdoor pools, to comfortably swim outside in the water embrace.
The OLISPA is a true oasis of wellness and relaxation where one can fully regenerate its body, mind and spirit.
In all the areas of the spa dominates the Travertine, a prestigious Tuscan marble, which conveys a fine and linear design to this wellness paradise.
Every corner of the OLISPA is designed to provide a complete sensory experience, enriched by the presence of expert therapists who masterly guide our guests through the choice of the most suitable wellness and beauty treatment.
Distributed over an area of 1500 sq. the OLISPA comprises five elegant treatment rooms with view of the Val d'Orcia, a special cabin dedicated to couple treatments and a Wet Area with two Turkish baths, a panoramic sauna, ice fountain and the emotional showers that stimulate all senses through aromatherapy and chromo therapy.
Guests will also find an intimate relaxation area with comfortable chaise longues and a tisane corner to refresh and relax after a session of hydrotherapy and the Pool Bar to cool off with a drink or a snack by the pool.
Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy are the distinctive elements of the OLISPA with a wide range of treatments, from massages and facials to body scrubs and wraps, based on natural elements, herbs, essential oils and local products such as wine and olive oil.
Essential oils in particular are the protagonists of every beauty treatment at the OLISPA: each oil brings beneficial effects to the skin, body and mind, helps release the natural beauty and enhances the wellbeing.
To help you live a real "sensory journey" we have chosen the products of the English brand Aromatherapy Associates, leader in aromatherapy and focusing on Mindful Beauty.
The OLISPA at Castello di Velona Resort welcomes non-residential guests who would like to indulge in a regenerating Spa break for a day or just a few hours.
The DAY SPA formula, allows non-residential guests to enjoy the entire spa area, the pools, and all other services at the castle such as restaurants and bars at their leisure, just by reserving in advance.
For a quick escape from reality, to treat yourself with a full day of well-being immersed in the Val d'Orciabeautiful countryside or to enjoy a fun AperiSpa with your mate or friends, come experience our "wellness paradise".
THE IDEAL SETTING FOR A "FAIRYTALE" WEDDING IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY. VELONA CASTLE IS THE PERFECT VENUE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE DAY.
A centuries-old residence, perched on a spur of rock dominating the river Orcia, in the heart of Tuscany. A panoramic terrace looking onto the silence of the valley and the Siena hills. The scents of the vineyards and the lights and shadows cast by the sun, from daybreak to sunset, on the splendid Tuscan countryside.
VELONA CASTLE IS THE MOST ROMANTIC SETTING WHEN TWO PEOPLE COME TOGETHER TO SWEAR ETERNAL LOVE.
The vestiges of the past blend with the beauty and practicality of the spaces made available to the bride and groom, granted for exclusive events: the terrace of the Settimo Senso restaurant with a view of the sunset on the Val d'Orcia, the charming outdoor spaces and the Cloister, an open-air lounge area enclosed by a romantic glass dome. Each space will be prepared with the greatest care, in the belief that perfection is attained by taking care of the smallest of details.
THE LUXURIOUS SUITES OF THE CASTLE AND OLI SPA ARE ALSO IDEAL FOR A ROMANTIC HONEYMOON, ANNIVERSARY, HEN/BACHELOR PARTY, IN THE INTIMACY OF AN AGE-OLD RESIDENCE.
Atmosphere, lighting, flower arrangements, music: the Castle team follows every phase of the event, customising and preparing everything to turn every event into a unique occasion.
To top everything off, the Hotel offers fantastic food and wine, with a menu prepared specially by the Chef: top quality raw materials, fine wines and cooking that combines creativity with respect for the seasons and for genuine ingredients of the Tuscan and Italian tradition.
A PERFECT STAGE FOR BUSINESS EVENTS AND FOR ESTABLISHING CLOSER TEAM LINKS, THROUGH THE SHARING OF UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES.
Velona Castle is an ideal venue for organising successful business events, for groups of between 20 and 120 people. With large outdoor spaces, an elegant SPA and modern meeting room for 70 persons (equipped with pull-down screen, sound system with microphones and radio microphone, video projector and WiFi connection), the Castle combines a comfortable atmosphere with exclusive services, against an unforgettable backdrop.