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Modern meets medieval at the design-forward COMO Castello Del Nero

Modern meets medieval at the design-forward COMO Castello Del Nero

By Selina Altomonte

Don’t we all dream of life in Tuscany? Until that European holiday pad becomes a reality (and shouldn’t your first second home be spectacular?), a jaunt over to the dreamy COMO Castello Del Nero is in order. If deep history, complete serenity and being right in the Chianti region presses all your buttons – but you also lean towards a modern aesthetic – this property is perfection.

Old meets new in the Heritage Suite at COMO Castello del Nero
The Heritage Suite bedroom

The 12th-century estate is a few rolling hills away to San Gimignano, Siena and Florence: a sprawling 740 acres with scenic vineyards, turned luxury retreat. Now a COMO property, it has undergone one amazing makeover courtesy of Milan-based designer, Paola Navone. Navone worked in South-East Asia for decades, and is known as one of the most inventive designers working today (case in point: her award-winning Big Bed for Poliform, part sofa, part raft).

Heritage meets homeliness at COMO Castello del Nero
The Heritage suite living room

It’s an indulgence to be surrounded by history and so many original details. What’s so astounding at the Castello is that iconic Tuscan traits – from delicate Renaissance frescoes (above) to terracotta tiling (below) – mingle so effortlessly with Navone’s contemporary touches.

Love this little stairway at COMO Castello del Nero
The Tavernelle bedroom

Navone’s is a minimalist palette that introduces character through texture rather than bold colour (in a previous life as a luxury hotel, the colour palette of some rooms were inspired by the local Chianti). Her choice is a completely modern, clean grey. On upholstery you’d expect to see in a chic apartment; on headboards (below) that reach for the wood-beamed bedroom ceilings, on highly textured rugs and dining tables and chairs in one of the Castello’s restaurants. Marble, of course, is at home here – not just in those beautiful bathrooms, but on sleek side tables we’ve all fallen for during the marble revival.

Modern decor and period features in the Tavernelle bedroom

It’s effortlessly light, modern and tranquil – and just what we’d expect from another COMO beauty.

The light-filled estate bathroom at COMO Castello del Nero

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Site note: There’s a Michelin-starred restaurant on site, unsurprisingly. La Torre (below) takes root in the property’s former stables: the dramatic concrete arches are the portal to the past here.

The vaulted ceiling at La Torre restaurant at COMO Castello del Nero

Side side note: The exteriors are pretty darn lovely too.


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By Selina Altomonte

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