Fresh Picks, Retreat to Italy
(Four online, August 25th 2016 )
Still yearning for a summer getaway? Or perhaps looking for quiet spots for after the summer holiday’s? then FOUR has a selection of spectacular villas for a health & wellbeing getaway.
Tuscany Now & More offer some of the most picturesque and exquisite rental properties throughout the length and breadth of Italy, in Tuscany and beyond.
This summer, or post-school holidays, enhance a gorgeous villa stay with zen gardens, farm-to-table cooking classes, wind surfing in Lago Trasimeno, or even visiting thermal spas at Sarteano and Montepulciano. Tuscany Now & More have a fantastic selection of villas that provide the perfect mix of retreat, adventure, wellness and of course sun-dappled, Italian surrounds.
Tuscany Now & More ensure the most relaxing of getaways with a fantastic array of curated experiences. From Bike Tours to Private Cookery Classes, Tuscany Now & More go to extraordinary lengths to provide the ultimate in service, ensuring a care-free, unforgettable experience_ Spa days are wonderful, but sometimes life’s stressors require more than just a few hours of zen and that’s why Tuscany Now & More have handpicked some of their best villas for fantastic fitness getaways.
This stunning farmhouse set within a hamlet of attached buildings, instructors can lead yoga sessions of all Kinds_ Expert (or aspiring) yogis can practice, meditate, sign up for a cooking class, and indulge in farm-to-table cuisine as well as enjoying the private massage and yoga room located at Rosso Fiorentino_ The villa is a perfect base for nearby sightseeing possibilities including Siena’s spectacular Campo and the Etruscan-built city of Volterra, and of course, Florence. The sitting room opens to a terrace shaded by tall trees with a long marble table for outdoor dining and a sitting area under a white canvas pergola A few steps lower, a second terrace offers comfortable loungers arranged around a large gated swimming pool, all skirted by a small but very pretty garden.
You walk into the beautifully kept terraced garden of San Leolino, one of the four houses that make up the tiny hamlet of Casaglia, and you are faced with one of the most beautiful views in Tuscany. Guests can enjoy being in close proximity to stunning walks, horse riding, tennis and golf. At San Leolino—set high atop a hill overlooking the medieval town of San Gimignano, guests looking to up their fitness can enjoy use of the villas own gym and enjoy swimming in a large infinity edge swimming pool. Perfect for al fresco dining and soaking up the unspoilt views, guests leaving this property will feel truly refreshed and relaxed. San Leolino has a great location from which to visit most of Tuscany as its half way between Florence and Siena with one of the most beautiful towns in Europe with San Gimignano just minutes away.
When you picture a place to meditate, Poggio Alto likely matches the image in your mind, with its very own Zen Garden and spectacular views: this is the place to disconnect. Guests can enjoy having a personal yoga practitioner at
the villa to help destress from everyday worries. This classic Tuscan Farmhouse dates back to the 17th century and the name Poggio Alto (literally, ‘High Hill’) lives up to its name and commands panoramic views in every direction of the gently rolling hills of south-eastern Tuscany. For guests looking for a mare active getaway they can enjoy being in close proximity to bike rentals, riding stables, tennis courts and riding stables. Extraordinarily peaceful, Foggia Alto is only minutes away from the medieval towns of Cetona and Chiusi and within easy driving distance of the wine centres of Montepulciano and Orvieto A well-stocked library speaks of the owners’ love of books, as do the many nooks around the house and garden designed as quiet spots for reading: among these is a ‘contemplation’ garden with a pond below the house.