Como Hotels and Resorts opens first mainland Europe hotel

The Como Castello Del Nero is a repurposed 12th-century castle. Photo credit: Como Hotels and Resorts

Como Hotels and Resorts has opened a new hotel in Tuscany, Italy. The Como Castello Del Nero is a repurposed 12th-century castle with 50 guestrooms, part of a 740-acre historic estate in the Chianti wine region

The hotel, a 30-minute drive from Florence and Siena, is the first in the Como portfolio to open on continental Europe. The Italian Trotta family turned the castle into a hotel in 2006, and the Como Group acquired the entire estate last year, giving it new interiors by Milanese designer Paola Navone.

"Como Castello Del Nero is the holistic next step of growing our portfolio of hotels and resorts in select destinations around the world," said Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group. "Como Castello Del Nero has the right features for us to deliver a personalized Como experience, the Castello's history and the new design by Paola Navone blending perfectly with the rest of our portfolio.” Historic elements include terra-cotta flooring, fresco walls and vaulted ceilings.

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The hotel has a formal restaurant in the historic stables that becomes a garden terrace in summer, two casual restaurants, tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a spa.