1213 La ResidenzaCastelmuzio, Italy
Whisk yourself away to the Tuscan countryside, where rolling emerald hills, lush vineyards, and picturesque towns envelop you in a tranquil beauty found nowhere else. Set in the scenic D'Orcia Valley, in Castelmuzio, 1213 La Residenza, is a sublime Italian escape. With the relaxed air of a country cottage, and a design that is classically elegant, this Tuscan gem invites you to immerse yourself in peaceful comfort. Dark, cool tones set a soothing ambiance in each deeply plush bedroom, with bathrooms featuring stylish claw-foot soaking tubs or contemporary glassed in showers. The living area is delightfully fiery in contrast, leading past a marvelous Italian cottage kitchen to a fabulous Mediterranean style garden, where you can dip in your own plunge pool while sipping a glass of wine under the sun.
As the dew sparkles on a cool Tuscan morning, head out to explore the hills and rivers of the D'Orcia Valley by foot or bike, or gallop through the fields atop a beautiful thoroughbred. Experience the wine making and culinary excellence of this fabulous region with multiple tours that are as exciting as they are informative. Delight in a Tuscany wine tour, sampling the world-renowned Brunello, Montepulciano, and Chianti, all crafted from this area, then take a tour that incorporates perfectly paired wines with perfectly aged cheese, fresh honey, olive oil, homemade sausage, and luscious chocolate. Top off the adventure with an afternoon searching for truffles, and the notion of wine heaven comes to mind. Spend a leisurely afternoon visiting nearby Siena, home of the legendary Duomo, and be amazed by its Tuscan Gothic style, beautiful mosaic floor, and works of art by masters Donatello and Michelangelo. Take a cooking lesson that evening, with private chefs who bring their expertise to you, and craft a fabulous dinner as you learn the art of making pasta and local classics. As you dine that night on fresh food you prepared, sipping a glass of truly amazing wine, sit back in the comforts of 1213 La Residenza, and simply reflect on the wonders of Tuscany.