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Relais & Châteaux Ambassadress 2010
My “passion” itinerary through Tuscany

Tuscany is the embodiment of the sort of sophistication that has always appealed to me - the sophistication of palaces, fine dining and landscapes, inspired by a region which, through its history, generosity and human genius, is the very embodiment of the art of living. I love driving through the vineyards, along narrow lanes, in search of villages set high-up on curvaceous hills topped by tall cypress trees. What I love most is the serenity of the residences and hotels, where you’re welcomed with tact and elegance.

The itinerary that I’m inviting you to discover offers the very essence of this atmosphere. Like me, you’ll never forget Florence and its wealth of artistic treasures. You’ll enjoy the infinite variety of its wines that reflect its rich soil. You’ll be overwhelmed by the ingenuity of those who built the villages of Asciano, Pienza and San Gimignano. And by the magical beauty of Sienna. Tuscany is a land of grace. It has convinced me that harmony between man and his environment is a condition for happiness on Earth.

*Approximate rate per person for a three-night stay in a double room with two meals consisting of: 1 romantic double room (including breakfast) at the Villa la Vedetta, 2 Discovery Packages (1 night in a classic or superior double room, dinner with beverages included and breakfast) at Borgo San Felice and the Certosa di Maggiano

Approximate price per person : 660€ You will need to reserve suggested onsite and local activities yourself

My Route du Bonheur
Stage 1: two days, one night

Relais Santa Croce

The lifestyle of a Florentine prince
Relais Santa Croce
In the heart of Florence, the former Ciofi Jacometti palace, restored in a manner that faithfully respects its architecture and original frescoes, is home to the Relais Santa Croce. The charm of this extraordinary place is immediately apparent, an ideal setting full of charm and intimacy just a stone’s throw from the city’s main attractions. The magnificent rooms and suites with views of the rooftops and Basilica combine period furniture with contemporary design, elegant details and a sumptuous finish. The attentive, impeccable service gives you the impression of being welcomed into a private residence. The restaurant Guelfi e Ghibellini offers a seasonal menu midway between tradition and innovation.

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Dinner at the Relais & Chateaux Enoteca Pinchiorri

French-born and Florence-based Annie Féolde enjoys a reputation as one of Italy’s finest Chefs. Her French-Italian cuisine, served in a gourmet restaurant in a Renaissance palace setting, is perfectly complemented by the delicious wines selected by sommelier Giorgio Pinchiorri.

Relais & Chateaux Enoteca Pinchiorri

Admire the treasures of the Renaissance (Florence)

Galleria degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, the Santa Croce Basilica (the Pantheon of Italian artists), the Galleria dell’Acacademia, and of course the Oltrarno district, Palazzo Piti, Galleria Palatina, and the Boboli Gardens... Florence enjoys a wealth of artistic treasures to discover on breath-taking strolls around the city.

Italian elegance, the Via Tornabuoni and the Scuola del Cuoio (Florence)

The Italian fashion boutiques along the Via Tornabuoni have turned this street into an icon of shopping chic. Here, Gucci, Prada, Ugolini and Ferragamo compete to offer shoppers the very best in fashion. Close to the Santa Croce basilica, the leather school continues Florence’s demanding tradition of fine leather goods. The models crafted by the students are designed to keep... forever.

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Visit the Montegrossi tower - kilometre 62

Several kilometres before you reach the village of Gaiole, the remains of the tall keep of a 12th century castle stretch from the peak of one of the highest hills in the Chianti region.
From here, enjoy exceptional views over the countryside, including the towers of Sienna on a clear day...

Taste vintage Chianti wines at the Castello di Meleto and Barone Ricasoli vineyards

These two vineyards symbolise the tradition and refinement of Chianti wines and are a must on any visit to the region. The incredible Castello di Meleto overlooks 180 hectares of vineyards from its ancient hillock, while the Ricasoli fortress is home to a noble Tuscan family, heirs to several centuries of wine-growing expertise.

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Stage 2: one day, one night

Hotel Borgo San Felice

La dolce vita in colourful Tuscany
Hotel Borgo San Felice
A medieval village transformed into a hotel! This is the incredible experience offered by the San Felice Borgo Hotel set amid the Chianti vineyards. Featuring a chapel, an exceptional wine cellar (where wine and oil tastings, oenological seminars and cookery courses take place), vineyards and an inn, Borgo San Felice is more than a hotel, it’s a luxury concept that’s unique anywhere in the world - with a culinary tradition to match!

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Exploring the Chianti routes - kilometre 15 to 30

Discover the incomparable charm of Chianti’s lanes and wine-growing villages by car. Castellina, Radda, Badia a Coltibuono… these sun-kissed villages, often perched on top of imposing hills, rise out of the vineyards, symbols of the peerless Tuscan art de vivre and know-how.

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Visit the village of Asciano - kilometre 32

A typical hill-top village far from the tourist trail, Asciano is a symbol of “eternal Tuscany”, its undulating hills and neat rows of cypress trees. Ruined ramparts, a delightful 11th century church, a virgin landscape ripe for photographing... there’s no better place than Asciano to look deep into the soul of Tuscany.

Discover the "Città ideale": Pienza - kilometre 66

This modest Sienna town is a rare complete example of Renaissance urbanism. The 15th century “Città ideale” (ideal town), built by Pope Pius II in his native village, symbolises urban perfection as embodied by the meticulous arrangement of buildings (Duomo, palace, etc.) around the Pio II piazza.

Sample fine wines produced by the monks of the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore - kilometre 92

Lovers of religious architecture should definitely visit this splendid 14th century abbey nestling amid the cypress trees. The highlight of the monastery is the main cloister, decorated with frescoes recalling the life of Saint Benedict. Wine lovers should also visit the cellar to taste the delicious vintages produced by the monks.

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Step 3: 1 day, 1 night

Relais Borgo Santo Pietro

A dream come true – one that we look forward to sharing with our guests
Relais Borgo Santo Pietro
Owners Claus and Jeanette Thottrup came here from Denmark and have beautifully renovated the ruins of this thirteenth century former villa that once served as a stopping place for travelling pilgrims. In the space of ten or so years, they have planted some 250,000 plants in the grounds surrounding the villa. I regularly come to this Tuscan secret garden, a veritable oasis of calm.

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Relais & Chateaux Arnolfo Ristorante, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena

I opened this restaurant in 1982 with my mother Concetta and my sister Alessandra. In 1989 our brother Gaetano joined us, after completing his training in St. Moritz and Paris. Arnolfo, named after a famous architect, is a true family restaurant, devoted to Italian gastronomy. Gaetano always strives to highlight organic regional produce. In a way, I do the staging of my brother’s cooking, by pairing his dishes with the perfect wines from Tuscany or from further afield.

Arnolfo ristorante

The crystal of Colle di Val d’Elsa

All the crystal glassware that you will find on our tables comes from the local factory. Colle di Val d’Elsa is the crystal capital of Italy, the Italian Bohemia. Throughout the town, engravers, master glassmakers and antique dealers display magnificent collector’s items. Over ninety percent of the country’s production is still manufactured here. Don’t miss the lovely Museum of Crystal, which recounts its history from the Middle Ages onwards. Via del Fossi 8, Colle di Val d’Elsa

Raw-milk cheeses by Guido Pinzani, Volterra

For over forty years, Guido Pinzani has been specialising in making cheeses from raw sheep’s milk. In a traditional cheese dairy, not far from the Carthusian monastery in Pontignano, he offers absolutely delicious aged pecorino cheeses. You have two main options: take a trip to the dairy for an on-site tasting, or… discover his incredible cheeses on the menu at Arnolfo Ristorante. 52 per Casole d’Elsa, Volterra

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Photo Festival, Massa Marittima

Featuring exhibitions, screenings, workshops, competitions and meetings with photographers, the Toscana Foto festival has over the past twenty years become a major event in the world of photography in Italy. The festival takes place in July in Massa Marittima, a superb medieval town located four hundred metres above sea level, known for its cathedral and its old fabrics.

Toscana Foto Festival

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