Originally owned by the noble Incontri family and having nurtured its Tuscan traditions ever since, this hilltop-haven is the physical embodiment of “home is where the heart is”. Lovingly run by its local staff who take great pride in caring for its surroundings; the tomatoes metamorphosise into chef Stefano’s secret salsa sauce overnight, while native plants and flowers dye handmade paints for the on-site galleries. With plenty of opportunities to get hands-on and learn about Mother Nature’s bounty first-hand, this home-away-from-home inspires an inherent connection to the things that truly matter.
Rolling olive groves, traditional terracotta tiles, and an ancient limestone infinity pool; this stone-hewn sanctuary is intrinsically linked to its Tuscan heritage. With a touch of the old-times found in everything from the classical London theatre yoga floor to its generations of vineyards all around. While plenty of quiet outdoor spots to sit among it all and appreciate the blissfully bucolic views make the landscape an irresistible muse for creativity and relaxation.
…becoming a part of the family. Bursting with character and charm, it’s the family-run feeling that sets this casa apart and no trip here is complete without bonding over some traditional endeavours. Jams and soaps being herbery connoisseur Elizabeth’s speciality, the scents of her garden’s crops fill the air of a mixologist's dreamland; while kneading pizza dough with the resident chef turns tasty food into an art form. All budding skills rarely being left unrefined; few pass this hearth without a new hobby to cherish.
There’s no better education than the great outdoors, making this greener-getaway the ideal spot for young minds to grow. Buzzing around at Antonio the beekeeper’s hive, bonds between the Queen and worker bees ecosystem are quickly revealed; before heading onto the estates farm to find four-legged friends, check out the aviary, and saddle up for horse riding lessons.
Each humble abode being snuggly set up to cater for different atmospheres, cosy couples opt for intimate rooms and suites with a view of the hillside, while families make headway to traditional maisonettes for the extra space and independence. Yet with total isolation, the Villa la Fonte leaves the lasting impression, with a lakeside view and its own swimming pool for uninterrupted time with the ones you came here with.
Where get-up-and-goers and hammock-lovers effortlessly coincide, there’s no better way to bring everyone together than with the taste of exceptional cuisine. Set against the backdrop of the open kitchen at the shared dining table concept, guests mill over their favourite stories and bond with every mouthful. Best book-ended with an estate tour, farmer and gamekeeper Enzo is the expert on bio-agricultural practices, so no farm-to-fork questions are left unanswered.
While most zenned-out residents rarely find the need to leave the estate, artistic types follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo’s Tuscan creativity. With an exclusive one hour laboratory workshop in nearby Volterra (led by well-known artists, the Grandoli family) bringing the disappearing art form of alabaster sculpting back to life for a meaningful memento.
Italy is a year round destination especially for city breaks, with a largely temperate climate with regional variations. Summers are hot especially from Rome southwards, whilst spring and autumn are mild. Winter in the south is warmer and drier than in the northern and central areas which can be much colder with snow fall in the mountainous regions.
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