The stone fa šade of Castello di Vicarello, a 12th-century castle, is by all accounts authentic and Old World. However, the interiors of this historic Tuscan resort have been updated and are more modern than you might expect. There are just five spacious and sublime suites, including a pair of freestanding rooms, creatively decorated in contemporary furnishings and colors. Unexpected finds include Indonesian antiques and Balinese influences. Each spacious capsule features a large bathroom and stunning views. Surrounded by fertile olive trees, rolling hills and a tangle of grapevines, the setting truly epitomizes a genteel lifestyle.
Taking full advantage of its hilltop location, Castello di Vicarello cocoons guests in privacy. There is a pair of outdoor pools where guests can lounge, swim and sip fine wine. An intimate retreat such as this is big on service and convenience. The hotel houses its own spa, offers room service and grows its own grapes to crush into wine. The restaurant features a menu of Tuscan specialties, which are then brought to tables in the bougainvillea-draped courtyard or by the warmth of the indoor fireplace. Castello di Vicarello is sure to impress gourmands. Cook alongside the chef and owner learning age-old techniques and swapping recipes. A fall visit will have you participating in the wine harvest or assisting with the pressing of olives into oil. As for winter, join the owners for hunting season on the nearby reserve. Motor along Tuscany's back roads, which quickly deliver you to the charming town of Sienna or at the edge of the Italian coastline.