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“Romantic 15C Castello in the heart of historic Chianti”
Review of Castello di Meleto

Castello di Meleto
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Small-Group Chianti Wine-Tasting and Castles Trip from Siena
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Owner description: The Castello di Meleto is in the center of an ideal geographical triangle formed by the cities of Siena, Florence and Arezzo. Surrounded by six beautiful houses, painstakingly restored in 2000, preserving its rustic Tuscan style. Each house has a private garden or terrace that overlooks the countryside surrounded by green vineyards and olive groves. In the basement of the castle, a real historical monument, a charming wine shop allows you to taste our wines, our organic extra virgin olive oil and salami of Cinta Senese from our farm. In addition, daily guided tours of the ground floor of the castle, the eighteenth-century theater, the dungeons with ancient cellars, prisons and the secret tunnel to escape from the Castle .. will make you to live an unique and unforgettable experience in a real castle in the Chianti area.
Reviewed February 7, 2010

This was our 3rd visit to Chianti in less than year. Again we stayed in Casa dell Olio, in Borgo Montefienali, and loved it (see my previous review on this site - definitely to be recommended if you want a self-catering break in a picturesque, tranquil location). Again we visited the surrounding, picturesque hillside towns and hamlets and loved it.
To ring the changes and include our princess-obsessed daughter (and some how manage a brief wine-tasting with her in tow) we booked a guided tour of the castello at the Castello di Meleto wine estate, just outside Gaiole in Chianti, followed by a light lunch and wine-tasting in their tasting centre and wine-shop.
Having been to Meleto before, and seen the rather drab, forbidding grey-stone exterior of the castello, we weren't sure what to expect.
There was no need to for concern as we discovered when Gabriella took us on a not-too-short-not-too-long, informative and very relaxed tour of what turned out to be a hidden gem! Like an architectural tardis, the unwelcome exterior conceals a beautifully restored Baroque-Rococo interior of trompe l'oeil embellished walls, and rooms connected by quirky doorways, framed by faux marble and shut with apparently badly hung doors (these were in fact designed to facilitate sound travelling easily from one room to another, and prevent secrets being kept, in the time of the Florence-Siena wars). The renaissance era castle fortification is contructed around a central tower, that has been dated to around 1000AD, and was the seat of one half of the Ricasoli baronial family, who still have a seat in the area.
The highlight of the tour is definitely the little theatre, constructred in 1740, for the family who owned the estate, and inhabited the castello, from the 1400's until 1962.
After a tour of the castle, and the new, contemporary, soon-to-be-opened tasting centre in the former cellars, we enjoyed a light lunch of pasta alla pomodoro, bruschetta, salumi and formaggio in the current tasting centre (the restaurant was closed for, but will re-open soon).
It did help, I suspect, that we were the only visitors on a drab, cold February Saturday, and that Gabriella was so welcoming to our child, but even so it made for a memorable day for all of the family.
And if you wish to dine there or even stay overnight, visit www.castellomeleto.it to make enquiries.

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Reviewed March 29, 2009

We found the Castle fascinating. It was our first stay at a Castle. The rooms were spacious, but sparsely furnished. We were a bit surprised to find the heat in the Castle was provided by in-room kerosene heaters. Aside from the smell of the Kerosene heaters that seemed to overwhelm the room, going to the bathroom located just outside the room was quite a cold trip. The main part of the Castle is not used, except for special occasions, so in January we found the Castle empty and spooky. In our room was a half-bottle of the Castle's vineyards Chianti Classico. Since we were on our honeymoon, we found this offering to be quite romantic, however, when we poured the wine into each glass we found parts of the vine stem and grape skins (dregs) in the bottom of the bottle, which made the last glass undrinkable. We reserved our room for three nights, but after staying two night, the Kerosene smell overwhelmed my wife and we quickly departed for the Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence. Staying in the Castle was a unique experience, inspite of some other rather unpleasant issues. If you are the hotel type, meaning like service and the other amentities typcially offered by a hotel, my suggestion would be to visit the Castle, take the tour and taste the wine, but don't say the night. You will enjoy the Castle more.

Thank ajmg1
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Reviewed August 25, 2008

We got married at Pieve Di Santa Maria A Spaltenna and our entire wedding party stayed at Castello di Meleto. It was an amazing experience! The Castle is incredibly beautiful and centrally located in the Chianti Region.

Make sure to also go to Solissimo Restaurant, which is part of the Lucignano Castle (http://www.castellodilucignano.com/). Chef Lorenzo is amazing and the service and views are incredible.

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Reviewed October 11, 2007

We stayed at the Castle in September 2007 on our honeymoon.
the staff is unwelcoming and not helpful at all. the grounds of the castle are beautiful, and the room #4 in the castle is fair. It is not very clean or safe. Tiles from the shower fell on my husband's foot and put a big gash in it. The staff was not even caring or apologetic and it took 2 days to clean up.
the breakfast was awful. In the evening- there is no one in the office, there is no phone in the room.
We actually checked out early and went to Florence earlier than we were supposed to.

Thank grdsales
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Reviewed May 14, 2007

Stayed in a one bedroom self-catering apartment, Limonaia 1, on the grounds of Castello di Meleto for the last week of April, 2007. We found the accommodation to be charming, of a high standard, clean, and so romantic! Our own little patio with table and chairs overlooked the breathtakingly beautiful Chianti countryside. There is so much to visit close by, Giaole, Vertine, Rada, Valpoia and many more enchanting hilltop villages where time hasn't changed a thing over the last few centuries - except for electricity and tourists! And Siena and Florence are less than an hour away.
We found the staff to be helpful and friendly - particularly Penny, contrary to some of the previous comments.
This is my fourth visit to Tuscany and I would have to say that the Chianti region in the centre of Tuscany is the most scenic. I can't wait to go back to Castello di Meleto!

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