Pack your bags. You are invited to stay in Italy’s best kept secret, a truly romantic, beautiful Tuscan Villa!
Tuscany has changed little since the days of the Medicis. Past and present merge in cities such as Florence, Siena and Pisa, which along with the smaller towns of Lucca, Cortona and Arezzo guard some of Italy's true artistic treasures. Its landscape ranges from the spectacular mountains of the Alpi Apuana to Chianti's gentle hills.
Cypress trees, olive groves, fields of sunflowers and row upon row of grapevines add to the beauty.
People come and fall in love with it so deeply they jealously guard the special places they find. We were lucky enough at Getaway to prise some information from a visitor to Arezzo and we are delighted to share it with you.
Villa Fontelunga is a warm terracotta building overlooking the Val di Chiana near Siena and Cortona. The charming 100-year-old guesthouse has nine ensuite bedrooms which have been dramatically decorated by Philippe Starck and Arne Jacobsen. Once you step through the French windows, rather than finding rustic Tuscany, you are in clean, crisp living spaces with designer furniture and modern art, a refreshing change from the antique décor of many villas. There is a tennis court and some mountain bikes for getting around.
The three owners of Villa Fontelunga, two English and one Italian, have combined flair and charm, from the magnificent mosaic-tiled swimming pool, stone balustrades, flower-filled amphorae and tall terracotta padronale with pale blue shutters, all set in olive groves. Your hosts have the knack of making everyone feel at ease and sharing their knowledge of the local area.
Breakfast is served each morning and twice a week a five-course meal is cooked by the mother of one of the owners. A typical feast might include antipasta of bruschetta with roasted capsicum and freshly made pesto. Then maybe spinach and ricotta pasta, a Tuscan dish of beef with shredded truffles or a vegetarian option of cheese and salad and potatoes roasted with rosemary and garlic, possibly followed by tiramisu, certainly accompanied by a good local vintage. The villa has an honour bar, so guests can help themselves to whatever they fancy.
Meals are served under huge white market umbrellas overlooking olive groves and medieval Cortona.
Villa Fontelunga is superbly positioned, close to Florence, Siena, Assisi and Orvieto. And just in case you are interested, you aren't that far from the Prada factory outlet!
Villa Fontelunga rooms start at around $375 a double a night. You can rent the entire villa for $4885 a night.
Qantas flies daily to Frankfurt with Alitalia connections to Florence, starting at $3048 from Sydney, $3085 from Perth, $3088 from Melbourne, $3091 from Brisbane and Darwin and $3099 from Adelaide, per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
via Cunicchio No 5, Loc. Pozzo
Foiano della Chiana
52045 Arezzo Tuscany
Ph: 39 0575 660 410
Fax: 39 0575 661 email@example.com
Alitalia Airlines: Ph: (02) 9244 2400
Qantas: 13 13 13