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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
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 Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphaël are worth the journey alone...
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.
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.
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...
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. The menu features fresh pasta of the day, milk-fed veal raised in the hills of Siena, as well as langoustines, prawns and fish from the Tyrrhenian coast; a feast for the eyes and the palate. Expert sommelier Giovanni Trovato will guide you through a wine list featuring 600 vintages from Tuscany and further afield.
Hotel and restaurant in a village. In this superb 700 hectare Tuscan estate, time would appear to have stood still.This property belonging to the Ferragamo family is an oasis of charm in the image of a mediaeval 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 you are strolling through the narrow streets of the village, relaxing at the pools, enjoying treatments at Il Borro Spa or the traditional cuisine at Osteria del Borro with local ingredients, you will experience the same pleasure: that of a particular art of living imbued with calm and elegance. ... Learn moreless
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotel and restaurant in the country. A large stone-built house at the end of a drive lined with Cypress trees, rolling hills for as far as the eye can see, a garden stocked with different species and fragrances – this is the Tuscany of our dreams. It is sheer delight to stroll between the flower beds, and the infinity pool offers stunning views over the valley. The stone walls, that once housed a staging post for pilgrims, have retained their peacefulness, but the décor has been enlivened by antique furniture and murals, which gleam in the light of crystal chandeliers. As in the past, the garden provides aromatic herbs and vegetables and the bees offer honey from the flowers on the grounds. ... Learn moreless
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
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
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. This elegant property was the first Italian hotel to join Relais & Châteaux in 1973, and the Gallia-Ansaldi family has been welcoming guests for three generations. On the fine sandy private beach, in front of the island of Elba, La Pagoda restaurant reigns supreme, thanks to its unique architecture and spectacular sea views. Completely relax in the Turkish baths, pool or wellness centre and gym. Golfers will enjoy the 18-hole golf course, set in a pine forest that is over hundred years old. A private yacht awaits for memorable excursions to the Tuscan archipelago. ... Learn moreless