If you're a couple that dreams of living, loving, and learning in the legendary Tuscan countryside, there's a new property that may interest you. It's an all-inclusive that's affordable, well-organized, and rich with the tastes and traditions of Tuscany, thought by many to be Italy's most romantic region.
Visitors enjoy meals, lodging, sight-seeing, and transportation for a full week at Il Borgo of Villa Bossi-Pucci in the heart of Tuscany.
Il Borgo of Villa Bossi-Pucci
Located in Chianti Toscana amidst the famous wine-growing region, the 400-year-old Villa Bossi-Pucci estate and heritage park that surrounds it have been a place of beauty and harmony since the Renaissance.
The property is 14 miles from Florence, and the artistic and architectural treasures of Siena, Lucca, Pisa, and San Gimignano are also close by.
Opened in 2002, Il Borgo Residences are handsomely reconstructed farmhouses originally built to house the workers who tended the Villa Bossi-Pucci estate.
From April through October, these 25 modern apartments (complete with balcony or terrace overlooking the golden Tuscan countryside) welcome couples eager to pack a lot of learning, sight-seeing, and fun into a week.
The modern units, all with a private entrance, feature satellite TV, a telephone, an Internet connection, a safe, and a hair dryer. Amenities of the resort village include a library of books about Tuscany, an Internet café, exercise room, and jogging trails. And there's a working brick oven in the piazza that draws guests with the fragrance of fresh-baked bread.
The day begins when breakfast-in-a-basket is left discreetly on your doorstep each morning.
Imagine spending sun-kissed days surrounded by Tuscany's famous vineyards and olive groves.
On designated days, there are tours of Florence, Siena, and nearby towns such as Pisa. These daily trips include lunch and transportation.
In the afternoons you can relax alone together or stimulate your senses by taking a course in Italian language, Tuscan cookery, the art of watercolors, landscape photography, and other topics. (These are available at a nominal fee.) Instructors are experts drawn from the community, and class size is limited to a dozen guests.
In the evenings, sample authentic fare at a variety of local trattorias and ristorantes, all included in the price. If you're not familiar with Tuscan cuisine, you'll discover that it's based on fresh, local, seasonal bounty such as:
- Prized white and black truffles
- Aromatic extra-virgin olive oil
- Porcini mushrooms
- Pignoli nuts and cannelini beans
- Luscious berries
- Chocolate confections and biscotti
- And award-winning wines from the region
So that guests feel welcome, there's a cocktail party upon arrival. And at the end of the week, you'll enjoy a farewell feast in a nearby medieval castle, complete with a wine tasting of Tuscany's best-loved vintages.
For more information, see Tuscany.net.