We have only 2 nights for the short stay. With this Italian summer heat, the only wish of ours were to relax and explore without getting dehydrated, and feed our belly.
Staying with Castel Brando
1. Go Back To the Medieval Time: Visit Private Museum and Ancient Galleria
2. It’s All About Exploring: Try A “Blind” Walk In The Castle
3. 5 Minutes Time-Travel: Take Their Cable Car To The Town
Well, just mentioned the cable car, here you are!
The cable car is free to all hotel guests. It is on a steep slope at the back of the castle. You could get a 360 degree view of the town below. There is a souvenir shop and a bike shop once arrived at the foot of the hill.
The little town has a lovely central square with two cute bars, church and old government buildings.
From the town center, we followed the spring and walked a bit farther to almost the end of the town. From there, you could see a little fountain offering ice-cold mountain spring non-stop. That was life-saving in a sticky summer afternoon in the northern Italy.
4. Be A Roman: Go To Their SPA
The SPA is absolutely a must-go. The basic visit only costs € 22/person. Of course, any extra treatment requires an advanced booking and extra cost.
Our booking was in the late afternoon. Robe, towel, flipflop and even a shower cap for ladies are available at the entrance.
There is a beautiful terrace with the stunning mountain view, right in front of you. You can do sunbath there, or like us, enjoyed the jacucci. The only thing missed was a glass of Prosecco.
In the basement – yes, in this castle you go underground as frequently as you go upstairs – we tried sauna, Turkish sauna with lavender oil essense. After falling asleep on the lounge chairs, we walked in the warm and cold pool for a better blood circulation.
There was even a small swimming pool with strong currents for little self-massage. Indeed, a holiday cannot be without a SPA afternoon like this!
5. Sleep Till You Wake Up For Breakfast: A Light But Decent Italian Breakfast
Italian breakfast is normally on the sweet side, but Castel Brando offered some salty bites too.
More beautifully, the breakfast opened until 10am for a real lazy weekend holiday. The morning soft lights, the oil paintings, the flowers near the windows, and the stunning view outside made up our breakfast vibe perfect.
6. It’s All About Prosecco: A Late Night Drink In The Gardens
Not sure whether we’ve been the first group of guests that drunk to “annoy” the hotel staffs in the nights? We managed to get the wine glasses and the bottle opener from hotel reception after we found their garden bar menu was not satisfying.
The first night happened in their charming garden, except the mosquito, everything there was perfect. There is a fountain, a fancy bar with limited options, a breathtaking night view of the castle and the town below.
Thanks to the super lovely reception guys, we made our second night in a secret terrace garden, which we discovered in our daytime adventure. A perfect place for your excuse to get drunk!
7. Backyard Yummy Secret: Afternoon Gelato Run & Aperitivo With Green Spritz
There are several restaurants inside the hotel, however, we planned to explore other local restaurants in the area. But, their gelateria caught us.
It’s in the backyard of castle where we took lift to the cable car. It is a gelateria but also a bar with outdoor space. I took a few gelato flavors like biscotti (biscuit) and nocciola (hazelnut).
Later that day, we went back for their very special Green Spritz. Usually, we know the Italians use Aperol or Campari to make Spritz, and it is one of the most famous orange-color Italian cocktails. Here, they use P31, a special regional green herbal liquor. Instead of adding a slice of orange, they’ve put grapefruit in small pieces. It tasted more Campari than Aperol, which means bitter. The green cocktail had stronger aroma of herbs to refresh everything.
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Oh that ice cream makes me crave summer. I love the historic look of this place! Italy is one of my favorite destinations even though I’ve been there only twice. 🙂
I’m very much longing for summer too!!! (just not the mosquito)
Oh my goodness, it almost looks like a fairytale! I can’t get over how beautiful and scenic those views are. Move aside a weekend, I’m going to just move there haha.
haha, fairytale as it is, right! I think so too! But maybe with their two mini museums, which one of them is telling a bit history about the torturing stuff during medieval time… could be a bit horror/fantasy fairytale 😀
I absolutely love this post. Can I just move into this place and drink Prosecco in the garden all of the time? 😉
haha, I smell another wine/prosecco/bubble friend here! Actually, in their garden bar, they’ve got limited collection, and this is quite out of expectation as we are in the region of wine and Prosecco. I will suggest to rent a car (or you have one?) and drive to nearby towns in the region (20-30 mins drive normally) and taste different types of Prosecco! They are so good, and believe me, for wine lover, it’s suppppper cool! I have another blog post tells the nearby towns and places to go and to drink/to eat, if you are interested, have a look and… Read more »
Seem like a very luxurious hotel with cool things to do around. I’m a budget traveler so this is probably not for me, but I will recommend it to a friend
Hi Albi, I just checked the price of this castle hotel (I’m curious also, as last time my boyfriend arranged everything with his friends…)
The cost of one room for 2 people is €135 during July 2020. And, as I remember, the breakfast is included. But SPA has a half-day or full-day entrance fee (half-day €20 something) and then you can have everything inside, but for the facial/skin care service, you need to book and to pay extra.
Hope this extra information is useful for you or your friend 😀
What a beautifully grand hotel! I love the idea of having its own funicular. The spa day sounds so lush and relaxing – especially ending with a green spritz in these lovely surroundings.
Yea, lovely it is, right?!
I, specially, love their green Spritz. Probably because it is weird enough, haha!