Tuscany is the romantic heart of Italy. With its rich rolling hills, jagged coastline and picture-perfect countryside town, the region is one of dreams.
It’s no wonder this is one of the most visited parts of Italy. There is something for everyone. Its rich artistic heritage for one—as the epicentre of the Renaissance, original paintings, sculptures and frescoes from the great artists are found here—Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli. Finds their works in museums and charming small-town churches.
The draw of authentic Italian cuisine is ever-present, and we can be quickly satisfied with a wealth of establishments to choose from, ranging from simple trattorias to fine dining in Florence. Great traditional dishes featuring wild boar and foraged wild truffles are not to be missed. The fruitful produce is seen along our drives, that are framed by luscious vineyards and verdant olive trees. A wonderful experience is to go behind the scenes and discover the process behind some of the more complex varieties—each telling a story more intriguing than the last.
With the beautiful city of Florence as your hub, the region is wonderful to travel by car and train, the former allowing for an uncovering of lesser-known towns and beautiful vistas that you can stop to capture. Every area has its charm, from wine tasting in Chianti to the medieval Siena, basing yourself at one of our recommended properties allows for day tripping to various sights.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Overlooking the Boboli Gardens, Villa Cora is located in a centuries-old park just outside the historical center of Florence. At home in its elegant rooms and suites and magnificent common areas, reminiscent of Florentine aristocracy. Each floor of the Villa reflects a particular style, from Empress Eugénie and her passion for roses, to an oriental style, to the America of the 1950s. A complimentary shuttle ensures guests can easily reach key points in the city.
One of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Tuscany, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia. Warmed by gentle Tuscan hues, the resort’s spacious suites and villas offer exceptional comfort and the chance to enjoy an area of outstanding natural beauty in a framework of understated, cultured sophistication. Housed in the buildings of the Borgo itself, the 23 suites exude harmony with antique furniture, genuine textiles and artisanal pieces. Exposed wooden beams and cozy corners feature alongside modern comforts and the latest technology.
L’Andana has two main buildings, the Villa and the Fattoria, united by a delightfully informal Winter Garden the lobby and the reception, an informal space composed by wide windows from where enjoying a stunning view of the Maremma landscape. Discover L’Andana, a peaceful place where experiencing silence and the refined atmosphere of an old country villa: the perfect luxury accommodation in Tuscany.
Time stands still in this superb 700 hectare Tuscan estate. This property belonging to the Ferragamo family is an oasis of charm in the image of a medieval village with a 19th century villa, farm and farm buildings. Wines and olive oil are produced here by traditional methods – they are an integral part of the landscape of the region. Whether strolling through the narrow streets of the village, relaxing at the pools, at the Il Borro Spa or dining on traditional cuisine, Il Borro is a place to be rejuvenated.