Find Magic at These Tuscan Hotels – There’s just something about Italy. Whether it’s the endless vineyards, the famous Tuscan sun, or the magical coastline, it really is a one-of-a-kind destination. These hotels are perfect for immersing yourself in the Italian way.
The Belmond Castello di Casole Hotel has an entrance befitting royalty. The long lane is lined with overhanging cypress trees leading hotel guests to a castle built in the 900s that has since been converted into a boutique hotel. The surrounding landscape is over 4,000 hilly acres of the Tuscan countryside. No matter where your room is located, you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramic views. There are more than 40 suites at Belmond, some of which are located in stone farmhouses on the property. Each of the houses have vaulted, beamed ceilings and original artwork.
After you dip your toes in the hotel’s infinity pool, consider a refreshing glass of wine and a spa treatment in the hotel’s basement. It was once the castle’s wine cellar, now it’s a five-star spa. After your treatment, return to your suite and get dressed up for a classic Tuscan meal at onsite restaurant Tosca. A signature dish is the potato and cabbage ravioli Tuscan style, complete with Stracchino cheese aged to perfection and partridge meat. Another visitor favorite is the Tosca beef fillet on foie gras with black truffles. Regionally sourced wines are always on the menu.
At Castello di Velona, you can learn a bit about history with your spa treatments. This once private home was built originally as a military stronghold. In the 1400s, it was purchased by a family of noble stature who redecorated the fort as their personal home. They hired the best local artisans to design frescoes and bought only the most lavish furniture. On the property still are the original watchtower and the main gallery (which was built in the Renaissance period) with nearly 50 guest suites, all of which pay homage to the original castle-like nature of the property – ceilings with oak beams, floors tiled in terracotta, and decorative fireplaces. The onsite spa has natural hot springs, Turkish bath, and spa treatments incorporating the region’s finest grapeseed and olive oils.
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