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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Hotel and restaurant in town. The former Ciofi Jacometti Palace in the heart of Florence, restored in a manner that faithfully respects its architecture and original frescoes, is home to the Relais Santa Croce. It is an ideal setting, both charming and intimate, 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 the impression of being welcomed into a private residence. The restaurant Guelfi e Ghibellini offers a seasonal menu that skilfully combines tradition and innovation. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Chef Annie Féolde, also known as The Diva of Cuisine, was the first woman Chef to earn 3 stars in Italy and the fourth one in the world. She serves innovative cuisine created from all top-quality Italian ingredients. The fine wines selected by sommelier Giorgio Pinchiorri, her companion for forty years, are the perfect accompaniment to her cuisine. Enoteca is located in a Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence, as is Relais Santa Croce Hotel. On the menu: fusilli al ferretto and squids in white wine, artichokes and botargo, double squab breast and peas in mint, potato doughnut with fegatini sauce; truffle and caramelised chocolate, pink grapefruit and almond milk. Impeccable service and a warm welcome add the finishing touches to a truly memorable meal. ... Learn moreless
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
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
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!
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.
Hotel and restaurant in a village. 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. ... Learn moreless
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.
Hotel and restaurant in the country. 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. ... Learn moreless
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
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.
Hotel and restaurant in town. 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! ... Learn moreless
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…
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.