Back in time in Italy

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The bu­colic sur­rounds of Mon­te­cucco in Tus­cany are a fit­ting match for Cas­tel Por­rona Re­lais, an exclusive re­treat se­cluded within a me­dieval stone vil­lage. From its open­ing on 23 April, the pri­vate en­clave will of­fer dis­cern­ing guests a choice be­tween stay­ing in one of the 25 rooms and suites of the bou­tique ho­tel or the nearly-thou­sand-year-old cas­tle, which is avail­able on an exclusive-use ba­sis only. Each of the rooms has been out­fit­ted with lus­cious ma­te­ri­als to recre­ate a sense of the deca­dence the noble es­tate once en­joyed. Il Chiostro Restau­rant of­fers fine din­ing within a sublime gar­den set­ting, while Agua SPA is a re­treat for the senses with a Moroc­can-in­spired wa­ter zone. The borgo, as the vil­lage is known, lies within an easy drive of some of the re­gion’s finest at­trac­tions; sim­ply ask the concierge team to or­gan­ise a trip into Siena or Florence, a wine tast­ing in nearby Mon­tal­cino or a yacht char­ter along the coast near Punta Ala.

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