‘1000 year-old Tuscan Treasure'
Dating back to 998, this respectfully renovated estate of 4,200 acres, was once the home of Italian film pioneer Luchino Visconti. Guests will stay in its elegantly appointed rooms, suites and villas (some with private pools), or it’s beautiful farmhouses that accommodate up to 12 people. There are bars and restaurants at the hotel including a Tuscan restaurant and authentic pizzeria, all with stunning countryside views. There are interesting activities onsite and in the local area, such as truffle hunting, horse riding, mountain biking, wine tasting and cooking & ceramics classes.
‘Grand Castle, Olive Groves, Wine Cellar & 2 Lakes’
Surrounded by 750 acres of private estate, including its own valley with two lakes, COMO Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa overlooks vineyards, rolling hills and olive groves in the heart of the Chianti wine region. Formerly a 12th-century castle, the hotel houses a collection of Tuscan-style guest rooms and suites with medieval frescoes, vaulted ceilings and marble bathrooms. Traditional Tuscan cuisine is served at Michelin-starred La Torre Restaurant and La Taverna serves Tuscan signature dishes as well as an extensive selection of wines from the Wine Cellar. The Bar has a panoramic terrace with views across the estate. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, aromatic Turkish baths and an outdoor vitality pool.
‘Historic Property, Seafront’
Grand Hotel Principe Di Pemonte is a restored 1925 building situated in the heart of Viareggio, only moments away from the promenade with its Art Nouveau buildings, boutiques and cafes, as well as a beach with an exclusive beach club. The hotel has guest rooms spread across five individually-styled floors and there is a pool on the rooftop. It also features a Michelin-starred restaurant, Piccolo Principe (The Little Prince) and an additional dining venue is featured in the form of Regina Restaurant, and both offer Tuscan cuisine alongside a selection of fine wines. The wellness centre provides a fitness centre and a variety of holistic treatments.
Set among the hills yet just a stone’s throw from the heart of Florence by private shuttle, this great retreat is a joy for the senses. Belmond Villa San Michele boasts forty-six stunning rooms and suites three of which are located in the separate 17th century former convent orangery – now a charming villa. As you wander along Italian terraces, through the lush gardens and past the little chapel you will gain a sense of the history of this remarkable Tuscan Villa which now offers the discerning guest an elegant place of privilege in which to rest. Dining at the villa is a blissful experience of gourmet flavours and awesome views and should you wish to learn a little more about Tuscan cuisine we suggest you enquire about the hotel’s school of cookery.