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Today we visited a winery in Chianti and learned how Chianti Classico is made and enjoyed. Multiple tastings. Ken also enjoyed the Grappa...several times. We also visited San Giomani, but that is not how it is spelled unless you had a few Grappas. Gay shopped & shopped & shopped. She did tellme how much money she saved me on shipping one of …
... have really mastered il dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing). It is not uncommon to see families, including children, out and about at 11PM chatting on the strada and taking their ritual evening stroll, or passeggiata.
Italy produces and consumes more wine per capita than any other country. Wine barrels are as common as enoteca (wine bars) in the small towns.
... stone mansion. Imagine a collective ahhhhhhhhhh.
Chianti is every bit as romantic and beautiful as you've heard and we, no doubt, enjoyed our share of Chianti Classico, Chianti Reserva, and Super Tuscans. But this trip was about a lot more than wine, food, and surreal countryside. We were a part of a family reunion and making new friends. We were adult foreign ...
... town and got to see more of the nightlife. When we reached the hotel Dad went to bed and Francesco and I went out for a drink nearby. I am very grateful to have such a good friend in Florence, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get a tour of the city from a friend I made in Copenhagen. We sat around and talked for a while, and I got a glimpse into what an Italian's life was like in this city. It was a very long and fun first full day in Florence that I'll always remember.
One of our favourites! Actually, we found that the whole Tuscan region was extremely pretty. We could've spent endless amounts of days in this city. Firoenza (in Italian) is well worth as much time as you can give it while in Italy. It was here that we experienced our first Italian market at their daily covered market, full of fresh veg and fruit, pastas, seafood, nuts and dried fruit, wines, vinegars and oils and meats and cheeses a plenty. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Squarcialupi Castellina In Chianti
My wife and I, along with my in laws stayed here in summer 2003, we had three rooms, 1 std, 1 superior, and 1 junior suite (ours). The smallest was very cute, the superior was a nice size fine for two, and the junior suite was huge, cavernous. The room was very comfortable, and all had wonderful views, nice bathrooms, etc. The town was delightful, the host at the hotel was also very pleasant. A word of warning, stay away from the German bar across the street, they are not nice people. We went there for a beer, myself and my father in law. We ordered one but it never came, then the waiter was rude when we inquired about the delay so we stormed out of there. But the cute little terrace bar at the hotel was great, a much better and more intimate choice. The pool at the hotel was a little bit of a hike to get to, and my mother in law got stung by one of the numerous bees that seem to like the pool area. Recommend Greve and Radda also, not very impressed with Pisa (touristy beyond belief), Florence is incredible, we stayed at Hotel Marios, excellent. All in all, Palazzo Squarcialupi was one of the best values we ever encountered, and Castellina and Chianti overall one of our favorite places in Italy.
Our base for touring Tuscany (from October 23-30, 2004) was the small town of Castellina in Chianti, and based on reviews found on TripAdvisor we stayed at the Palazzo Squarcialupi. Our room was huge with a great view of the countryside (ask for a Superior room at the rear, ours was 102). We also had a very large and nicely appointed bath, but it had a tiny shower (and no tub, of course) even though there was room for a larger shower (and/or tub). The only downside to the room was the mattress and the pillows--very lumpy and uncomfortable. In my opinion, they definitely need to be replaced.
We stayed here for two nights (August 10-12). Castellina in Chianti was a great place to stay while exploring Tuscany and the hotel was a great find in the small town. We had a standard room, which was very large and overlooked one of the side streets in the town. The bathroom was also very large and had a terra cotta floor and walls. The breakfast was great given the usual European breakfast of bread, jellies and butter. This breakfast included yogurt, fruit, pastries, and meats. We had an excellent dinner at Ristorante Albergaccio, a quick 10 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is also over the Via della Volte, the most historic covered walkway in town. Overall, Castellina in Chianti is a very cute town and great place to stay while exploring Tuscany, and the hotel was very nice with romantic rooms and excellent service.
You must stay here!
What a find! Castellina is the quintessential tuscan town-exactly what I pictured Tuscany would be! The hotel is wonderful! It is in the center of the small town and the staff is outstanding! We had lost our luggage due to some unfortunate mishaps with American Airlines and the staff was able to track it down for us so we didn't waste anymore time looking for it during our vacation. Literally after 3 days of trying on our own they were able to get us our luggage within 24 hours! Maria serves a wonderful breakfast as well! I cannot say enough about this hotel...the rooms are very large and with a bar that serves their own wine (and some others) overlooking vineyards and the countryside, you cannot go wrong! I wouldn't stay anywhere else while in Tuscany!
Excellant location and clean comfortable rooms. Great staff and nice breakfast.
This is a wonderful hotel in a castle. Had a junior suite, very clean, wonderful views. Nice breakfast in the morning. The hotel staff is very helpful. Had dinner at Gallo Papas. It was the best of all restaurants in Italy. A must.
This is a lovely hotel in an ideal setting. We had the junior suite and at $135E is was a bargain. IT was huge, furnished beautifully with antiques and had a view that was wonderful! The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast was abundant and good. The town of Castellina has good restaurants, shops, and gourmet shops all within walking distance which is nice because it makes it possible to park your car at the end of the day and stroll to your evening destination. We found easy picnic fixings and a beautiful pottery shop in town as well. No down side to this location or hotel.
I can't say enough about this hotel. We spent a week there and loved every moment of it. The hotel was a 15th century palace that was recently refurbished in Italian tiles, terre cote and open wood beams 20 ft. high. The rooms are quite bug by European standards & wonderfully appointed. The breakfast buffet is ample. There are many excellent restaurants just a few minutes from the door - La Torre is highly recommended!
A Wonderful Spot in Tuscany
Just returned from 5 wonderful days spent in and around Castellina in Chianti and used Palazzo Squarcialupi as our home base. It was perfect...from the friendly and helpful staff to the huge room overlooking the Tuscan hills. A beautiful old hotel with stone and tile floors, a lovely Sitting Room with huge fireplace and Game Room for guests to enjoy. Our rooms were immaculate as were the public areas.
Terrific breakfast included in the very reasonable rate. Free parking at the rear of the hotel. Quaint little town with several excellent restaurants within walking distance. One of the best hotels we've stayed at anywhere we've travelled! Our thanks to Monica and her staff for making our stay so enjoyable!
We just spent 3 nights in this charming hotel. Our room was very comfortable, extremly quaint (and I mean that in a good way), good size, great bathroom (the best we saw in Italy), small view of Tuscany and very very quiet (a must for us). The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic. My only complaint was that the air conditioning in our room was not very powerful and we were there in the middle of a heat wave. Our first night the air conditioning in several rooms went out entirely. Hoepfully they will be able to rectify the cooling problems as it is a great place to stay and we would definitely return.
Perfect location to visit Chianti hilltowns
Our two-night stay at this hotel was perfect. We had an enormous room with a magnificent view overlooking the Chianti hillside. You really know that you are staying in a Palazzo. The small staff were a delight, and so helpful. The location couldn't have been better for our few days in the area. The only drawback is the hotel carpark which is below the hotel. You need to be fit and not carrying much luggage to climb up and down the narrow stairs to reach the hotel. On arrival, we parked a block away and wheeled our luggage to the hotel before parking. Excellent value for 135 Euros for bed and breakfast for two.