Above all, Tuscany embodies elegance. With exquisite palaces, gastronomy and scenery, it belongs in these lands where the absolute Art of living is represented through history, generosity and the talent of humankind. Driving up the lanes in the vineyards to find a hilltop village, taking stock and then hurtling back downhill past the guard of cypress trees has to be tried. This itinerary reveals the very essence of this atmosphere. From the artistic wealth in Florence to the infinitely diverse wines that extol the terroir here. You’ll be enthralled at the ingenious construction of the villages of Asciano, Pienza and San Gimignano. And by Sienna’s enchanting beauty. Tuscany is a graceful land.
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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
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,...Read More less
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...Read More less
If you only needed one reason – or excuse – to go to Florence, a visit to the Uffizi Gallery would be it. At the heart of a palace built in 1560, its exceptional collections offer a complete vision of Italian painting, from the primitives to the 17th century. The paintings of Uccello, Botticelli, da...Read More less
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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Hotel and restaurant in a village. In this superb 1100-hectare Tuscan estate, time seems to have stood still. The property belonging to Ferruccio is an oasis of charm in the style of a medieval village with a 19th-century villa, farm and outbuildings. An integral part of the region’s landscape are the organic wines and olive oils that are produced here using traditional methods. Whether you are strolling through the narrow streets of the village, relaxing at the pools, indulging in treatments at the spa, or enjoying the flavours and local ingredients of the fine cuisine at Osteria del Borro, you are sure to experience an art de vivre imbued with tranquillity and elegance. ... Learn moreless
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...
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...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Located in the heart of the Chianti Classico, Borgo San Felice combines all of the pleasures of la dolce vita. The property is made up of an entire medieval hamlet including its old chapel, large pool, cellars and its vineyard surrounding it. Infinite pleasures can be discovered: authentic Mediterranean cuisine, an exceptional wine cellar, and the wellness centre. A bike excursion to explore the environs will enhance the enjoyment of an unforgettable stay in this medieval hamlet. Amongst other things, the beauty of the picturesque villages of Chianti, just a few kilometres away, will guarantee an eternal attachment to this region of Italy with its light and magic. ... Learn moreless
Chef Gaetano Trovato trained with the very best chefs in Europe and has returned to his native Tuscany to prepare cuisine using organic produce, imbuing the authentic flavours of the Crete Senesi with a contemporary spirit. “Territory and Quest” and “Contemporary Moments” are two seasonal menu suggestions....Read More less
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...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. A hamlet perched on a hill south of Siena, Castello Banfi Wine Resort proudly reigns over its prestigious vineyards. Along the rolling landscape of the estate, discover a classic and romantic Tuscan kaleidoscope of grapevines, plum orchards and woodlands.As great vintages call for the finest in hospitality, the decor of the former farm buildings was entrusted to renowned interior designer Federico Forquet. He designed the suites, reading room and restaurants to all be warm and elegant spaces, conducive to the pleasures of tasting the exquisite wines produced by the Mariani family. ... Learn moreless
Childhood friends Maurizio Menichetti and Chef Valeria Piccini opened this restaurant in 1987 on the very same premises where Maurizio’s parents once had a trattoria, in one of the stone houses overlooking the medieval village of Montemerano. Valeria’s outstanding cuisine quickly became one of the most...Read More less
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.
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...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Silvia Baracchi’s 17th century family residence, set amongst the vineyards and olive trees that surround the small Etruscan city of Cortona, is a true delight. The guest rooms, located around the main residence, have all the simplicity of a Tuscan villa. The terraces of the former winter garden, with their heady aromas of rose, offer superb vistas over the neighbouring countryside. A sophisticated restaurant serves cuisine, reflecting the flavours and fragrances of the terroir. The Thesan Etruscan spa offers exclusive, luxury rituals. Benedetto Baracchi is delighted to show you his cellar and welcome you to the cookery classes organised by Silvia. ... Learn moreless
Produced in the vicinity of the small town bearing the same name, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was one of the first Italian wines awarded the prestigious DOGC designation in 1980. As early as the 14th century, its fame was such that Vino Nobile was exported beyond its provincial borders. Pope Paul III...Read More less
Held on the last Friday of July, Street Chef is an extraordinary event that attracts all the food connoisseurs within this Etruscan city. For the occasion, Cortona’s restaurant owners and chefs leave their kitchens to work side-by-side in the narrow lanes and squares of the old city in an entirely festive...Read More less
**Offer cannot be combined, valid for an itinerary in at least 2 different Relais & Châteaux establishments before December 31, 2021, reserved with Relais & Châteaux concierges from June 25, 2020, discount applicable on certain rates and certain establishments. List available from our concierges.
Total price communicated as an indication, based on a stay of the number of nights recommended on this webpage, taking place in the next 3 months, and based on double occupancy (excluding recommended activities, excluding properties not bookable online).
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.
"Originally from Sicily, our family arrived in Tuscany in the late 1960s. This move transported us into an entirely different culture, a different land. In spite of the unfamiliar surroundings, it was clear that the region would become our home. We never left. That’s because the south of Tuscany boasts sublime villages, springs that were already exploited in Roman times, olive groves, lagoons, sheer cliffs, creeks and islands…"