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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