18 EX­CLU­SIVE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

All About Italy (USA) - - Editorial - Yuri Fronteddu

Mas­ter­pieces of art and ar­chi­tec­ture, unique and tasty prod­ucts from the lo­cal cui­sine, and the myth of ex­tra­or­di­nary wines: Tus­cany is all of this and so much more. It is a re­gion that gives the thrill of liv­ing a dif­fer­ent emo­tion ev­ery day, from the me­dieval at­mos­phere of San Gimignano or Mon­terig­gioni to the mys­te­ri­ous fas­ci­na­tion of So­vana, Pit­igliano and Volterra, the cra­dle of Etr­uscan civ­i­liza­tion, as well as the paths of the great in­ter­preters of Ital­ian paint­ing such as Piero della Francesca, and the fa­mous wine cel­lars where the great vin­tages of Brunello di Mon­tal­cino and Chi­anti pa­tiently ma­ture.

Just a few min­utes from Siena and the most stim­u­lat­ing itin­er­ar­ies, close to mag­nif­i­cent museums and the most ex­clu­sive palaces, a splen­did Spa Relais with the sug­ges­tive name of Cas­tel Monas­tero has opened whose ori­gins are lost in the story of me­dieval Tus­cany. Bought by a lo­cal no­ble fam­ily, the prop­erty be­came their coun­try villa, a site ded­i­cated to the cel­e­bra­tion of the hunt and to the gath­er­ing of the grapes from the nearby vine­yards. Af­ter a care­ful restora­tion aimed at re-es­tab­lish­ing its an­cient splen­dor, it is ready to­day to wel­come guests with al­most ten cen­turies of his­tory. Once you have passed through the walls that pro­tect the old town and find your­self in the pi­azza onto which the splen­did build­ings face, or en­ter one of the rooms or suites, or the marvelous in­de­pen­dent villa, you can im­me­di­ately feel the fas­ci­na­tion, col­ors and style of the most au­then­tic Tus­cany.

From its win­dows, vine­yards, forests and fields roam be­yond eye­sight, and im­me­di­ately be­fore you is the splen­did pi­azza, with its café, its restau­rant, and de­light­ful jewel of a church— the per­fect way to ex­pe­ri­ence Tus­cany. www.castel­monas­tero.com

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