160 m², Sleeps 6/7 people
3 bedrooms , 3 bathrooms
Torre del Vescovo is a two-story wing of the main castle building, including the original watchtower, and provides a complete medieval castle experience. The remainder of the manor house is occupied by the owners.
The living room has a high beamed ceiling and is adorned with frescoes; it has a dining area, a very large fireplace, an old piano and a television.
There is a separate full kitchen with espresso machine, dishwasher and clothes washer.
Upstairs are found a master bedroom with antique furniture and frescoed walls, with a queen size bed and a large en-suite bathroom with wall shower over the bathtub. There are two more double bedrooms (one with two single beds, one with queen size bed that can be separated into twins) and a bathroom with shower over tub. There is a third bathroom downstairs with a stall shower.
From a landing on the stairs there is access to a balcony that overlooks the valley and leads to a small study within the tower itself, with a single bed. A door in one of the upstairs bedrooms gives exclusive access to ladders to the top of the tower.
From the living room a short flight of stone steps leads to an enclosed private garden, with a stone table and a wisteria-covered gazebo.
Torre del Vescovo is accessed via the upper courtyard, a gravel terrace under a majestic linden tree, which is shared with the tower suite San Martino (1-2 people) — the two can be rented together to provide complete privacy and sleep 8/9 people in all.
Montalto is a private estate, not a hotel. Check-in time is between 4 and 7 pm; please let us know in advance if you need to arrive after 7 pm so that we can make arrangements to receive you after hours. Please check out by 10 am.
The minimum stay is 3 nights. Bookings shorter than minimum stay can be accepted only 10 days or less before arrival, based on availability, by contacting us via email or phone.
A 30% booking deposit must confirm each reservation. The rent balance is due one month before arrival. Please be sure you have read and agree to our Cancellation Policy before making your reservation.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal. Prices are in euros (credit card payments will be addebited in euros). If you use our online booking system, you will be requested to enter your payment information securely. If you prefer to complete your reservation by contacting us, we will give you instructions on how to make payments on-line.
Rental prices are per house, regardless of the number of occupants. Italian law requires us to remain within the limits of the authorized maximum number of occupants of each house or apartment. An extra bed can be added at extra charge (where space permits) only for an infant or a child up to 12 years of age.
There is a Local tourist tax of 2,00 Euros per person/day for the first 7 days (not applied to children under 13 years)
Pets are allowed in some, but not all, houses; they are subject to an extra cleaning fee of 50 Euros and require special permission, so please be sure to ask in advance.
Reservations at Montalto are not final without a non-refundable booking deposit of 30% of the full amount of rental.
The rent balance is due and payable one month before arrival and cannot be returned after that date.
We regret that we cannot extend cancellation policy exceptions; we strongly recommend that guests take out travel insurance to cover any unexpected events.
Groups of 15 people or more, weddings and other special events may receive special pricing with special cancellation terms; please contact us to inquire.
All homes include:
Shared common areas:
Many other special services are available upon advance request, such as cooked meals, cooking classes, guided tours, group or individual transportation, horse-back riding, bike hire and tours.
We also offer wedding or special event planning: contact us for more information.
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: July 1 - August 31
Mid Season : May 15 - June 30, September 1 - October 15, December 24 - 31
Low Season : March 15 - May 14, October 16 - December 23, January 1 - 10
An inscription painted on the left side of the fireplace in the living room testifies that the garlands, birds and Latin phrases that decorate the walls were inspired from the dining hall of the private apartment that Agostino Patrizi Piccolomini, bishop of Montalcino and abbot of Sant’Antimo, had built for himself in that abbey in the 15th century. This explains the name of the room and the apartment at Montalto.
The Latin quotations are fragments from the Odes of the roman poet Orazio (Horace) and may have been mixed up in the process of copying.
A fire ignited by lightning in the last century blackened the walls, and after all else failed, the frieze was finally saved with the old system of rubbing down the walls with bread.
The painting of a dwarf hanging near the passage to the kitchen was done by the Spanish painter Josè Moya del Pino, Diana's father. It is a copy of a famous work of Diego Velázquez, the portrait of Sebastián de Morra, “court dwarf” of Philip IV of Spain. Does he look familiar to you?... The original must have been of inspiration for the character Tyrion Lannister of the TV series “Game of Thrones”.
A balcony, built onto the tower in Napoleonic period, has neo-Egyptian columns. It leads to a little study in the tower itself. Palmiero Palmieri wrote above the door “Chi qui entra mi fa onore, chi non entra mi fa piacere”: Who enters here honors me, who does not enter pleases me.
In a corner of the little room a small shelf held a skull: the remains of the nameless lady-love of an early Palmieri, who was poisoned by the jealous wife. Known as the Dama Blu, or Blue Lady, she was said to haunt the castle until her skull was sent to the cemetery.
Don’t worry! The enormous snake skin on the wall of the upstairs corridor is not local. Marquis Carlo Coda Nunziante brought it back over 50 years ago from central Africa where he lived and worked for many years.