It’s a typically Tuscan view that spreads out before you as you lie by the large private pool at Villa Petrea – cypress trees, rows of grapevines and hills rolling away to the horizon. Ideal for groups of up to 18 friends or family, who wish to explore the delights of Tuscany. Inside, the traditional reigns: expect terracotta-tiled floors and beamed ceilings throughout, with some impressive antique furnishings and a large stone fireplace in the main lounge and dining area at the heart of the house.
The eight double bedrooms, spread out over three floors, can easily accommodate large groups. All come with an en-suite bathroom, TV and their own countryside view. A couple even feature mezzanine floors – the perfect hideaway for a child’s single bed. In a region of such cultural riches, some exploring will undoubtedly be on the agenda. Arezzo is just a 40-minute drive away and Florence and Siena a little further. Alternatively, why not leave the car at home and enjoy walking in to the small town of Bucine, with its local shops and cafes, to taste a little of the local life.