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Owner and Grand Chef of the Enoteca Pinchiorri Restaurant
My Route du Bonheur, from Tuscany to Umbria

Annie Féolde, owner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef of the Enoteca Pinchiorri Restaurant.

I arrived in Florence in 1969, after spending a year in London. I am from Nice and I wanted to improve my Italian in order to work in the tourism industry. I had been advised to go to the city of the Medici, which is known for the purity of its accent. It was at this point that I met Giorgio, and I have never left. Today, our search for regional produce and wines allows us to discover the sublime scenery and heritage of Tuscany and Umbria. It is a never-ending journey…

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 5 nights stay from 919€*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Step 1: 1 day, 1 night

Villa Cora

Sophisticated Baroque ambiance in the splendour of a genuine Florentine palace.
Villa Cora
Mr and Mrs Fratini have restored this marvellous nineteenth-century villa to its former glory after many years of obscurity, transforming it into a gem of a hotel. The Grand Hotel Villa Cora is composed of spacious rooms and lounges decorated with frescos on the walls and ceilings, as well as authentic period furniture, chosen with the utmost respect for the original style. Elegance is in every detail and the mature grounds complete the feeling of peacefulness up here on the hill, just a stone’s throw from the city below.

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Relais & chateaux Enoteca Pinchiorri Restaurant, Florence

Enoteca Pinchiorri came about thanks to Giorgio’s passion for the world’s best wines. Its immediate success forced us, as it were, to add the food - which wasn’t planned - because our traditions represent a real union of these two pleasures! Situated inside a Renaissance palace, Enoteca is a comfortable space which emphasises simple and refined food, highly regarded by the most prominent critics. The aim is to match the dishes to the 100,000 or so judiciously chosen bottles which feature in a wine cellar so renowned that it has become a kind of museum. A treat for connoisseurs of exceptional wines!

Relais & chateaux Restaurante Enoteca Pinchiorri

Officina di Santa Maria Novella, Florence

More than just a pharmacy, this has become a heritage site. Founded in 1221 by Dominican friars, the current Officina di Santa Maria di Novella is an exceptional place, known for its oils, its creams, its mixtures of flowers and herbs and its alcohol. I come here regularly to buy perfumes, creams, and a liqueur called Alchermes, which I use to make the famous Florentine dessert “Zucotto”. Via della Scala 16, Florence

Antico Setificio Fiorentino, Florence

The family of Stefano Ricci continues here a tradition which dates back to 1786. In the heart of this old artisans’ quarter, a place truly redolent of the Renaissance still remains. I like to bring our friends to this weaving workshop. The dozen looms are all collector’s pieces (one of them was even designed based on drawings by Leonardo da Vinci). The working methods have not changed for centuries, and the silk fabrics are still just as beautiful. Via L. Bartolini, 4, Florence

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Antica Norcineria Falorni, Greve in Chianti

This is the story of a little local butcher’s shop which has become renowned around the world. Run by the Falorni family since 1729, the shop sells products made from Cinta Senese pigs, which are allowed to roam across the beautiful landscapes of Chianti. Their raw ham, sausages and bacon are absolutely sublime, with hints of Chianti, sage, fennel or rosemary from the region.

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Il Borro

Elegance and tradition in Tuscany
Il Borro
Owned since 1993 by Ferruccio Ferragamo - who fell in love with the estate while out hunting -, Il Borro stretches out over nearly 700 hectares, and includes a charming medieval village set on rocks. This estate is much more than just a hotel, it is a vast oasis. Wine, olive oil, charcuterie and cheeses are all produced here. An exceptional site in harmony with the world’s most tranquil countryside.

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Monastery and hermitage of Camaldoli, Arezzo

Founded in 1025 by Saint Romuald, a Benedictine monk, the Camaldoli monastery is a splendid site, set in the heart of the forest in the Apennine Mountains. I was struck by the austere appearance and solemnity of the place. In accordance with the wishes of its founder, the monastery still places great importance on ecumenical dialogue. Pope John Paul II came here in 1993.

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Relais Il Falconiere & Spa

Ecstasy for the senses, in the heart of Tuscany
Relais Il Falconiere & Spa
This is the story of a seventeenth-century family home which was transformed into a superb Relais & Châteaux hotel. The name of the hotel comes from the passion that Riccardo and Silvia Baracchi’s family has for falconry, an art which is still practised around the hills of Cortona. This is a Tuscany of lemon trees, roses and olive groves. The countryside and vineyards are so beautiful that it is impossible to resist trying the remarkable wines produced on the estate!

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The Etruscan heritage of Cortona

The walled town of Cortona is known for its rich Etruscan heritage. Within the town, visitors will discover impressive tombs (Tumulo del Sodo I and II) as well as a necropolis which dates back to the second century BC (Tanella di Pitagora). In addition, at the town’s Etruscan Academy Museum (located at Piazza Signorelli 9) you will find a superb collection of ancient objects.

Santa Maria delle Grazie, Calcinaio

Dating from the fifteenth century, the Renaissance church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio would by itself make a visit to Cortona worthwhile. The church was built by the shoemakers’ guild, whose members tanned leather in the vicinity. The impressive architecture houses some beautiful treasures as well as three paintings by Tommaso Barnabei.

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Borgo dei Conti Resort

A historical manor house in the heart of the Garden of Italy
Borgo dei Conti Resort
With English-style landscaped gardens, century-old trees, an infinity pool and a baroque chapel which rises above the other historic buildings, Borgo dei Conti Resort is without a doubt a unique place. Located just a few kilometres from Perugia, in the heart of a vast 20-hectare estate, the hotel is an elegant mixture of neo-Gothic style and contemporary design.

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Caffè-Pasticceria Sandri, Perugia

Situated in the old stables of the Palace della Corgna, Perugia’s most famous bakery opened its doors in 1860. The decor and aromas of this place will take you back in time. The coffee is wood-roasted on the premises and all the pastries are homemade. Try the “Torcolo di San Costanzo”, a traditional cake which is served on the feast day of the city’s patron saint, 29 January. A real institution, where the clientele varies depending on the time of day. Corso Vannucci 32, Perugia

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The wines of Tenuta di Trinoro, Sarteano

This winery is tucked away in the heart of Val d’Orcia, a sublime valley which greatly inspired Renaissance painters and is today recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It was only in 1992 that Andrea Franchetti planted his first vines, but, twenty years and five grape varieties later, he has managed to create wines which are at once delicate and very rich. His estate, Tenuta di Trinoro, is the kind of little treasure that my husband Giorgio and I love to explore.

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Palazzo Seneca

Charm, elegance and design in the region of the black truffle
Palazzo Seneca
Built in the sixteenth century, this palace is a haven of peace in the heart of the small town of Norcia. Today, it is Vincenzo and Federico who uphold a family tradition dating back to 1850. Here in the splendid Sibillini Mountains National Park, you are in a setting where, in the words of your host, the land meets the sky. A marvel of simplicity!

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Monastery of San Benedetto, Norcia

Born around 480 in Norcia, Saint Benedict was the founder of the Benedictine Order. The monastery which bears his name has been destroyed several times over the centuries. Today, it is home to an influential community of monks. I was lucky enough to attend vespers here once. It was a moving experience. The following day, a monk compared the life of a friar with the life of a chef. I still think about his words today.

Umbrian black truffles

Situated in the mountainous part of Umbria, the nearby Valnerina valley is where you can find one of the hidden treasures of Italian gastronomy: the black truffle. It grows at the foot of trees on calcareous soil and takes several months to reach maturity. In the little village of Scheggino, a few kilometres west of Norcia, the Urbani family, famous truffle producers, have set up a small museum dedicated to the history of this extraordinary fungus. This is also an opportunity to buy some local products in the boutique…

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