A fine Chianti classic

As you wind your way up through the canopy of twisted oaks and slopes, filled with olive trees and vines you’ll begin to hear the strains of Puccini in your ears. Arriving at a the tiny Tuscan village of Moncioni, drop your bags in the cool welcoming lobby before scurrying out onto the lavender-filled terrace to drink in the majestic views of the Monte del Chianti and the Arno Valley beyond.

This is Villa Sassolini, an elegant country hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Tuscan countryside – a charming 15th century palazzo with a stylish contemporary interior , of stone-cool relaxing greys and linen textures, combined with contemporary lighting and carefully selected furnishings

The hotel successfully blends its heritage with modern day needs of refined hospitality, with meticulous attention to detail. The ten elegant suites guarantee relaxation where you can lose yourself in the orchestrated rhythms of the Tuscan countryside. It is magical to wake up, throw open the windows to the early morning sun and enjoy the view.

Piero, the charming hotel chef, likes to express his passion for local produce and will quickly prepare a light and deliciously tasting lunch of Carpaccio of Porcini mushrooms, drizzled with a light truffle oil dressing whilst you lounge on the fragrant poolside terrace with a chilled glass of wine.

Villa Sassolini is close enough to all the main historical cities to make day trips easy, with Florence and Siena within an hour’s drive. It’s a little further to places such as the historical hillside town of Cortona, where you can wander the narrow streets, browse boutique shops or simply sit in the coolness of the local café bar with a rich and creamy Latte and watch the world go by.

Sarah Martin is Founder of Perfectly Chilled.

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