We’re craving boundless rolling hills, aromatic olive groves, authentic bruschetta and days drenched in sun – and Fontelunga Villas has all that (and plenty of Tuscan romance) down to a tee. It’s Italian-rustic-chic meets stylish-contemporary-sleek… and this year it’s celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Style Moorish Tuscan Tranquillity
Setting The rolling Tuscan hills
Why this week? During August, the larger cities (and the shops, museums and sights) are quieter and calmer, and generally more enjoyable – thanks to to Tuscan families migrating to the coast for the summer. The good news is that this tranquil season also sees Fontelunga offering three blissful nights for the price of two.
Our favourite bits We’re enamoured with the Tuscan sun – it beats down on the beautiful olive groves, it kisses the saltwater pool until its warm and it sets in an orange haze while you dine al fresco in the gardens. And there isn’t a more Italian way to dine than communally, with fellow guest villas. Somewhere between the laughter, four lovingly prepared, delicious courses appear before you. Proceed to walk (or amble) off that Italian cuisine through the dainty streets of Florence or Siena, as both cities are just shy of an hour’s drive. And of course, after all that walking comes the requisite gelato.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Swaying there in the olive groves, the Tuscan sun is beating down on us. A juicy, just-picked fig is melting in my mouth. It’s not your average Friday afternoon. Mrs Smith puts her hands in mine and we consider how long we could get away with staying at Villa Fontelunga before work notes our absence…’
You say… ‘The location is a great base for touring the local area to visit vineyards and picturesque hilltop villages but also just as good for lazy days around the pool. Oh and the food – amazing pasta and more cooked by their local chef – we had lunch and two dinners at the villa and the food was superb every time.’ Caroline, Blacksmith, stayed September 2012.
Compiled by Amy Brandhorst