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Pecorino Toscana

The Food and Wine of Siena, Tuscany

Around 100km due south of Florence, Siena is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval cities and sits on three hills with the central piazza, known as Il Campo, at its heart.

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Portoferraio Steps

Tuscany’s Island of Elba, Italy

This small island, just 28km long and 19km wide, is famous as the place where Napoleon spent one year in exile and you’re reminded of that at every turn.

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Il Borro Village with Bridge

Il Borro Hotel

If it’s every middle class Englanders dream to own a villa in Tuscany, fashion magnate Ferruccio Ferragamo went one better with Il Borro Hotel. In 1993, he bought a 700 hectare dilapidated estate, complete with manor house, vineyards and medieval village, and proceeded to convert it into a unique Relais and Chateau property.

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Castello del Nero   Front View


It’s just what you hope for when you book a five-star hotel in Tuscany.   A 12th century castle adapted for modern comforts with a Michelin-starred restaurant to boot.    Castello del Nero offers all this, plus a world-class ESPA spa and a rustic taverna where dining is actually more enjoyable than in the formal room next […]

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Renting a villa in Pietrasanta

We were renting a villa in Pietrasanta, courtesy of Bridgewater Travel, a family-run Tuscan luxury rentals specialist and we were taking a cab in for a wander around Piatrasanta, the beautiful city of marble, the legendary coastal retreat of artists and sculptors and the Florentine well-to-do.

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Il Salviatino. Florence.

Standing on the terrace of Il Salviatino, a stunning 16th century  palazzo in the hills above Florence, you might be forgiven you’ve died and gone to heaven.

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