Chef master classes and gourmet dinners
Thanks to its special contacts among the world’s most celebrated chefs, Castel Monastero can offer guests exclusive events with names such as Gordon Ramsay or Bruno Barbieri. Imagine a romantic dinner for two prepared exclusively for you and your partner by one of these giants of the contemporary restaurant scene. On the other hand, you might want to learn some techniques of the professional kitchen yourself. Last year, for instance, Bruno Barbieri offered Forte Village guests a gourmet masterclass accompanied by Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne.
The Palio horserace and pageant
It’s one of the most famous – and the most exciting – horse races in the world. The Palio, in Siena on 2nd July and 16th August every year, probably dates back to medieval times but the ‘modern’ version began in 1656. Ten horses with their bareback riders dressed in the traditional ornate colours of ten of the city’s seventeen contrade – or wards – race around the great Piazza del Campo, in the centre of Siena, three times. The competition is preceded by a magnificent pageant, the Corteo Storico, featuring flag bearers in medieval costumes. The event is exciting, noisy and colourful and attracts people from around the world to see this remarkable spectacle. Now Castel Monastero offers its guests the unique opportunity to view the Palio from an exclusive position – the windows of one of the most beautiful historic apartments overlooking the square. This apartment, owned by one of Siena’s great families, is positioned directly above the start and finish line, nowhere else offers such a privileged viewpoint. You’ll be accompanied by Castel Monastero staff who are members of the historic contrade and, as you watch the ancient race, you’ll gain fascinating insights and secrets about the event. Enjoy wine, cocktails and a buffet supper of traditional Sienese dishes. The Palio is notoriously crowded but you’ll be smoothly transported between the hotel and apartment. The package also features a minimum three-night stay at the hotel with buffet breakfast and a dinner for two in our restaurant La Cantina, including wine from the cellars. Then, to relax after the excitement of the race, enjoy the ‘acqua benessere’ indoor water area of the Spa, with a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and toning hydro massage. There’s also a saline pool, Kneipp programme and sensual showers with chromotherapy and natural essences. What better way to reflect on your day at the one of the world’s most celebrated horse races?
Andrea Bocelli at the Teatro del Silenzio
His voice is one of the most beautiful in the world of opera and this summer Andrea Bocelli will be performing in one of the world’s most stunning venues. On 20th July Castel Monastero guests can hear Mr Bocelli sing at the Teatro del Silenzio, the theatre of silence, a natural amphitheatre in the beautiful hills of Lajatico as part of a three-night package.