Monteverdi isn’t just a hotel, it’s a village: with cobbled mediaeval streets, an ancient church, and a peaceful pool. Flowers bloom prettily in the sprawling gardens, where guests loll by the pool and chef Paolo plucks spices, herbs and vegetables to serve up in the little enoteca. As if this weren’t traditionally Tuscan enough, there’s also a fully excavated 12th-century castle, discovered by the owner.Have a yoga class (€40 a person) in the herb gardens.
Castiglioncello del Trinoro is a great base for discovering Tuscany’s vineyards, historic villages and tempting trattorias. The hotel encompasses the entire village, and art galleries and exhibition and music spaces are in the planning – the church is already used as a concert venue, for example. Guests staying in the villas can visit the local markets and enjoy cookery classes with Paolo, the resident chef. Ask staff to arrange hiking trails around Monteverdi, yoga, painting and sketching in the lavender garden, wine and cheese tastings at Caffè Monteverdi, or a discussion with the current artist in residence. The hotel also recommends tours of La Foce’s famous gardens, 15 minutes away by car, as well as trips to Montepulciano’s vineyards to sip some Vino Nobile, or Montalcino for Brunello. Olive oil tastings and horse riding can also be arranged.