LEFT Il Verrocchio Restaurant. BELOW Terrace at Il Verrocchio Restaurant.
« balconies, impressive walk-in wardrobes and some truly exquisite Tuscan baths. Handcrafted by local artisans, the furnishings are an ode to flawless Florentine handiwork, and pair perfectly with the classically Tuscan decor showcased in the Casa Colonica rooms. The tasteful use of authentic terracotta, delicately decorated hand-carved woods and custom-crafted, 100%-natural handmade silk rugs blend beautifully with the warm earth tones of the space, transforming the Casa into a luxurious and chic country house. The superbly renovated kitchen rounds off Casa Colonica’s immaculate interior. Using natural wood, stone and ceramic elements, the kitchen has been carefully crafted to achieve the perfect balance of traditional and modern-day aesthetics. A charming internal courtyard shared by the two ground-floor suites completes Casa Colonica, making it ideal for families and friends wanting some privacy. Furnished with wrought-iron chairs and enveloped by the aroma of fresh jasmine, the courtyard is the ideal place to relax with a book or spend time with loved ones. Another perfect spot to wind down and soak up the beauty of the area is in Villa La Massa’s 22-acre garden. Take a moment to sit under the flourishing olive groves and lemon trees, visit the Iris garden filled with blossoming agapanthuses, peonies and irises native to the region, or explore the picture-perfect paths leading to the Arno
River. Here, you can sit back, relax and admire the luscious landscape of the Chianti-Rùfina hills and immerse yourself in an unparalleled Tuscan experience. Another place to experience authentic Italy is at Villa La Massa’s Il Verrocchio restaurant. Known for serving traditional Italian gastronomic fare, the chef uses seasonal produce grown in the chef’s garden, along with the hotel’s own olive oil, to create a plethora of dining delights. Private cookery classes with Villa La Massa’s executive chef are also on offer, and to experience the true countryside life, guests are invited to join the chef in tending to his organic garden. Here, the chef’s love for his craft shines as he explains the characteristics of each herb, vegetable and fruit tree and how their flavours and textures influence and inspire his cuisine. If you are in the mood to sample the local vintages, the hotel’s atmospheric wine cellar showcases some of the finest Italian wines and is home to numerous wine tastings throughout the year. Villa La Massa also arranges visits to the local vineyards, so you can learn about the traditional wine-making process while feasting on delectable alfresco lunches at picturesque locations in the surrounding Tuscan countryside. For those seeking an adventure, rent the hotel’s Ferrari and enjoy a thrilling drive through the Tuscan hills, stopping along the way to visit nearby estates such as Villa Cusona to partake in a truly unique truffle-hunting experience. After exploring the countryside, pamper yourself at Villa La Massa’s Arno SPA, which offers signature Chianti beauty treatments and boasts a host of deluxe amenities including a Turkish bath, sauna, Roman pool with hydromassage, sensory showers and two treatment rooms. To end the day, treat yourself to a nightcap at the hotel’s Medicean Bar. With a wide selection of classic Italian beverages and signature cocktails created by the head barman using exclusive liqueurs from Officina ProfumoFarmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, you will be spoilt for choice.
PHOTOGRAPHY: VILLA LA MASSA
RIGHT Medicean Bar.