Stay at Borgo Santo Pietro

Around 700 years ago, Borgo Santo Pietro was a resting place for pilgrims from all over Europe on their way to Rome . The tiny settlement dates back to the thirteenth century and stands on a rise among cherry orchards and ornamental gardens. The pretty village of Palazzetto is a five-minute stroll down the old Pilgrim’s Way. Siena and the Tuscan coast are both half an hour away.

The old villa and its outbuildings have only recently been lavishly converted into a boutique hideaway. The Borgo has become all you would expect from a luxury Italian escape, with state-of-the-art spa treatments in the old bakery, fresh-off-the-vine food from the organic garden, and a chemical-free, freshwater infinity pool surrounded by immaculate flower gardens. Yet it is intimate, too, with only eight bedrooms. They are packed with period style; you will find details like ornate plasterwork, gilt-framed mirrors, tapestries, beamed ceilings, freestanding bathtubs, and open fires. The enormous beds have special handmade mattresses from Denmark.

Guests can eat in the villa’s ornate candlelit dining room, outside by the colonnaded terrace, or in the garden beside the pool. Expect menus of the finest Italian dishes, using produce from the hotel’s garden or local farms wherever possible.