EUROPE , LAST CALL FOR X-MAS , FOOD AND WINE , X-MAS IDEA , TUSCANY
Book a private rustic villa and you’ll have the pleasures of off-season Tuscany all to yourselves. This 800-year-old country estate is a celebration of the natural beauty and gastronomic heritage of Tuscany.
In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia, the estate is set in 5000 acres that encompass 17th- and 18th-century farmhouses converted into elegant villas with heated pools, a world-class golf course exclusively for guests, and a prizewinning Brunello di Montalcino winery.
A road lined with cypress trees leads to the Borgo, a historic village dominated by the ruins of the medieval castle that gives the estate its name. Once the heart of the local farming community, the Borgo is home to priceless works of medieval and early-Renaissance art, as well as a cooking school with an organic kitchen garden, and a serene spa housed in the former wine cellars.
Walk off five-course lunches with long walks through valleys and vineyards, and ring in the new year with a cenone (festive feast) and a shower of fireworks scattering the star-studded skies.