Stately and charming, Castello del Nero looks as though it could’ve been plucked straight from an Italian fairy tale. With vaulted ceilings aplenty, honey-hued tiles and acre upon acre of grounds to romp around in, this 12th-century residence is lovely to say the very least. The pool - a glistening sliver of turquoise - is fringed by vines and roses as well as a smattering of wooden loungers just perfect for gazing across the cypress-dotted hills. Only a short drive from culture-rich San Gimignano and Siena, there's a never-ending list of sights to marvel at and a fair few gelaterias to make your way around.

The bedrooms take on a traditional Tuscan air while still feeling fresh: warm colours, handwoven rugs and knockout floral fabrics at every turn. The sink-in four-poster beds are topped with Egyptian linen bearing the family crest and in the bathroom you’ll find a marble-encased tub big enough to swim in. 

When you tire of stretching out in the sun, hop over to the spa to soak out your excesses in the hydrotherapy pool. Brimming with ESPA delights, the treatment menu is a feat in itself but plump for the relaxation ritual and get set to float back to your suite afterwards. Food-wise, you’re in great hands. With Giovanni Luca Di Pirro at the helm, the two restaurants (one of which is Michelin-starred) serve up authentic flavours with real gusto. If you're feeling creative, get stuck into one of his hands-on cookery classes where you'll find yourself whipping up melt-in-the-mouth beef ragù and tiramisu worth crossing oceans for.

Inside Track

Best room: The Deluxe Frescoed Suite - the name says it all.

Dress code: Light, airy fabrics for the day. When night falls, up the ante with something a little more eye-catching.


Str. Spicciano, 7, 50028 Tavarnelle FI, Italy

Doubles from £277.80