Top 12 castles in Italy

The Castello di Gargonza in Tuscany is a classic Italian castle turned into a hotel, Top 12 castles, Italy, Italy (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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The top castles in Italy

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The hamlet and its vines

Be king and/or queen of the castle with a room, suite, or apartments in a bona-fide Tuscan castle

 
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The castle as seen from the air (Photo by Zheng Yan)
Castello Sforzesco
Milan: Castello / Sempione

Milan's sprawling 15C castle is home to several excellent museums, of tapestries, archaeological artifacts, paintings by Bellini and Mantegna, and sculptures from medieval to neoclassical—including Michelangelo's final sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà

 
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A 14C castle with Lake Como views high above Varenna

 
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Castel Sant'Angelo
Rome: Vatican

The Pope's private castle and personal stronghold in times of trouble, and a museum of arms and armor in times of peace

 
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Castello di Brolio
Sienese Chianti

The castle that invented Chianti Classico

 
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Museo di Castelvecchio
Città Antica di Verona

A gorgeous medieval castle now home to paintings by Renaissance masters from Venice and Verona

 
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Castello di Verrazzano
Florentine Chianti

A Chianti castle whose family produced one of the great early explorers of the American coastline

 
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The mighty fortress atop the hill (Photo by Berthold Werner)
Rocca Maggiore
Assisi centro storico

A Romantically crumbling medieval fortress with sweeping views

 
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The hamlet and its vines (Photo courtesy of Volpaia)
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Volpaia
Sienese Chianti

A first-rank Chianti wine estate with a medieval stone heart

 
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The castle still guards the entrance to Sirmione (Photo by Pe-sa)

An imposing little 13C castle out of a storybook surrounded by water

 
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This Renaissance castle is a listed national monument (Photo courtesy of the property)
Vicchiomaggio
Florentine Chianti

This ancient Chianti castle is a British-own wine estate, hotel, and restaurant

 
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Castello di Meleto
Sienese Chianti

A medieval castle turned winery and hotel

 
 
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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).

 

Castle hotels

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The hamlet and its vines (Photo courtesy of Volpaia)
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Volpaia
Sienese Chianti

A first-rank Chianti wine estate with a medieval stone heart

 
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Castello di Meleto
Sienese Chianti

A medieval castle turned winery and hotel

 
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An serial view

Be king and/or queen of the castle with a room, suite, or apartments in a bona-fide Tuscan castle

 
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The Castello di Gargonza in Tuscany is a classic Italian castle turned into a hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Stay in a real castello and live happily ever after (temporarily) as King and Queen of the castle

 
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An serial view (Photo courtesy of the property)
Castello di Meleto
Sienese Chianti

Rooms and apartments in a medieval castle and apartments in the surrounding farmhouses in a winery above Gaiole in Chianti

 
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The Bellavista Suite (Photo courtesy of the property)
Castello di Ama
Sienese Chianti

Five suites in the 18C Villa Ricucci in a top Chianti wine-producing castle

 
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This Renaissance castle is a listed national monument (Photo courtesy of the property)
Castello Vicchiomaggio
Florentine Chianti

Rooms and apartments in a National Monument 15C Renaissance castle and wine estate near Greve

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
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Castello di Volpaia
Sienese Chianti

Apartments in a 13C castle hamlet that also runs a top-rated winery

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Castello di Spaltenna
Sienese Chianti

A converted 12C castle above the vineyards just W od Gaiole