That was fantastic experience to live in this castle. You really feel the history over there. It is located only 70 km from Milan, so you can easily drive there or to another north Italian cities. Some shopping malls are 30 minutes drive. It is quite place in the "middle of nowhere". The castle is surrounded by beautiful old tries and inside there is nice internal garden. The pool is also available indoor.
The food is separate topic here. It is simply fantastic, as well as the service. I would recommend this place if you want to experience something special.
The only downside is bell clock which starts quite early, but this can be quite exotic as well and add some historical flavor to you stay.More