Stroll through the beautiful streets of the Old Town in Siena, indulge in a wine tour at a picturesque vineyard in Florence, and marvel at the historic structures in Pisa. Tuscany offers every desire of your Italian dreams, including the best pomodoro sauce that will ever grace your tastebuds. The prime months to visit Tuscany are between May and September, when the beauty of the Tuscan countryside is at its best.
Catello Banfi II Borgo, Relais & Chateaux
A 7,000-acre, family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region, 40 miles from Siena, the Castello Banfi originated as an ancient Etruscan settlement and later became a castle that merited mention by Dante. Its two Deluxe Rooms and 12 suites offer privileged privacy and comfort with king-size beds, fine furnishings, and fabrics. The well-appointed bathrooms boast rain-head showers and deep tubs, and feature products made from the estate’s sangiovese grapes. The Tuscan restaurant La Taverna is open for lunch, and gourmet restaurant La Sala dei Grappoli offers dinner, which is served alfresco on the terrace in the summer.
WIT Tip: The cooking class in the farmhouse is amazing. It’s a beautiful setting and great fun for all ages.
Belmond Castello di Casole
Taste dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing, at Belmond Castello di Casole. Standing tall above Tuscany on a private 4,200-acre estate – one of Italy’s largest – this 10th-century castle has been imaginatively restored as a refined boutique hotel. Choose one of 39 stylish rooms and suites; some feature a private garden or terrace that simply invite relaxation, as do the pool and the world-class spa. Dine on Tuscan specialties at Cip’s by Cipriani, or enjoy a private merenda (snack) at the enchanting table.
WIT Tip: Start the day with a yoga session, explore the surroundings on a wildlife safari, or join a cooking class to master Italian cuisine.
Castello di Velona Resort
Castello di Velona, in the heart of Montalcino’s Brunello vineyards, houses 45 guest rooms, 26 traditional Castle Suites, and 19 contemporary UNESCO Junior Suites and UNESCO Suites with sunset views over the Brunello vineyards. A hot thermal spring feeds the indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzi. Enjoy Italian cuisine at the one- Michelin-starred Il Silene and two-starred Da Caino restaurants; try the spectacular La Dolce Vita for Mediterranean fare. Relax in The OLISPA with natural treatments and rituals. Taste the Brunello di Montalcino wine and extra-virgin olive oil produced by the resort, or visit the pecorino cheese farms in Pienza.
WIT Tip: Enjoy Val d'Orcia sunsets, our Hot Natural Thermal Water Pools and relax in our 1500sqm OLISPA!
COMO Castello del Nero
COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany is a 740-acre Italian estate 30 minutes from Florence and Siena – and the first property in continental Europe from COMO Hotels and Resorts. At the property’s heart stands a 12th-century castello featuring 50 rooms and suites with light, modern interiors by Milanese designer Paola Navone. The Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant showcases gourmet Tuscan cuisine, and there are two informal restaurants – La Taverna and Pavilion – and a comprehensive wine cellar. COMO Shambhala Retreat offers daily yoga, therapeutic massage, expert guidance in holistic wellness, an outdoor pool, and tennis courts.
WIT Tip: Pick up a trail map and head out on one of four walks around the property and vineyards – perfect for building an appetite before breakfast.
Il Borro Estate
Ferruccio Ferragamo and his son Salvatore have turned their passion and talent for style to restoring the antique splendor of Il Borro, Member of Relais & Châteaux. To arrive at the estate is to step into a Renaissance masterwork. Choose from 58 luxury rooms and suites, and two exclusive vacation villas – all nestled among vineyards, olive groves, and even a medieval village with artisan boutiques and a church. Breathtaking views of vineyards and olive groves surround you, and indeed you’ll discover a working vineyard – part of a winemaking tradition that dates back to 1760, when the estate was under Medici rule.
WIT Tip: Take home Il Borro extra-virgin olive oil, pressed on the estate, as a souvenir of your stay.
We recommend traveling to Tuscany with a palette primed for refined wine and flawless Italian cuisine. Don't worry--you can check the guilt at the gate as you'll spend most of your day walking through the countryside!
WIT has very close relationships with these properties, so we can extend exclusive perks and special amenities to our clients. Typically, you will receive complimentary breakfast for two daily, $100 or more resort credit to be utilized during your stay, room upgrade, either at the time of booking or arrival, and early check-in/late checkout, both subject to availability.
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