Courtesy of La Locanda
A magical and authentic Tuscan escape
Word to the wise: Don't miss the daily aperitivo where you can chat with the owner Guido, enjoy snacks and wines, and take in the glorious views from the charming terrace.
If you're looking for a getaway in the heart of Tuscany, it doesn't get more idyllic and charming than La Locanda. Reached via a long unpaved road - the hotel is conveniently just over one hours' drive from Florence - and nestled in unspoiled rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, this is a quintessential and classically Tuscan experience, with a good dose of luxury included, too.
It's the realisation of a dream for the owner Guido, who left the financial world in Milan over two decades ago after falling for the raw beauty of the nature here and spent years painstakingly converting this previously dilapidated old farm. And we can see exactly what Guido feel in love: sitting on a plateau some 600 metres above sea level, the panoramic views across Chanti are breathtakingly beautiful.
Rooms feel more like a home than a hotel room. All are individual and different - some have incredible views over the surrounding lands, others have huge cathedral-esque ceilings, oak beams, lovely textiles and candles. The farm's former stables were converted into a cosy living room area, with an honesty bar (which features some fab Tuscany wines) and lovely terrace for al fresco breakfasts. But what makes a stay here particularly memorable are all the little details: chocolates on arrival, Tuscan products in the bathroom, complimentary tea, coffee, and snacks, and a fridge with cool waters bottles down by the pool area.
It's a 20 minute walk to the medieval town of Volpaia and a great base for exploring some of Tuscany's most charming countryside and historic hamlets - plus there's some wonderful activities, like local cookery classes, hot air ballooning and horseback riding through the surrounding forests and castles. But really, you'll find it impossible to tear yourself away from the hotel's infinity pool, where those stunning, unforgettable views are at their most glorious.