How much is said about Toscana… A place, about you, can talk without fatigue. Agreeing with the common opinion, I accept that Toscana is the most beautiful region of Italy. Each time I come here, I am winged by a unique feeling of happiness and lightness. Toscana is probably the most famous storage of Renaissance art – pictures, sculptures, murals, and architecture. A place, where the soul can rest.
The road to Castello from Florence took less than an hour. Driving through the hilly countryside I was tirelessly admiring the nature. These landscapes cannot leave a single person indifferent. These frames are famous for its olive groves, endless fields, vineyards and, of course, houses, villas and historical castles. Toscana’s gardens, which are spectacularly decorated with flowers, ideally planted trees, buildings – everything is created with flawless taste. Pacification is in the air… It is almost impossible to stop admiring this beauty.
I want to remember every detail of the surrounding world, especially, flavors with notes of lavender, the feeling of warm wind on shoulders, the sound of cypress… All of this is located in an untouched and picturesque part of Toscana, between Florence and Siena, where Castello di Casole is situated, one of the biggest private lands in Italy. The resort’s square is 1700 hectares, it includes the hotel with four dozens of rooms in suite category, dozens of villas and a Health Center with the pool under the opened sky.
The palace in XIX century was owned by a noble family Bargaili from Siena, later it became a luxury residence for celebrities. Nowadays this is a unique resort of the international level with inimitable service and aura. The interior contains luxurious Italian cloth, most of the furniture was made by an order-basis or delivered from the European antique shops. It is hard not to mention the successful combination of the presence and past. The modern equipment – plasma TV, fast Wi-Fi – all of this looks like spices in the dish, it was added with the sense of taste and the perfect mix of the local culture and antique furniture. Each detail tells a fine story about the castle and brings visitors back to Middle-Ages.
Almost every villa has lawns with lavender bushes. One of my most pleasant memories became a moment when I entered the country yard hearing the sound of gardeners’ work. The flavor of cut fresh lavender immediately brought a happy smile and desire to take this smell with me.
1. Buca Mario dal 1886
2. Il Palagio Restaurant www.fourseasons.com/ Florence
3. Ristorante il Santo Graal
4. Ristorante Tosca
Our dinner in restaurant Tosca was called "Under Toscana stars". It appeared that it was not a coincidence: I have not seen such starry sky for a long time. We enjoyed a live classical music, local wine, and cuisine.
All of these emotions and feelings enhanced my associations connected with Toscana.
Spa-center Essere deserves a special attention, where we went to recover after a beautiful, but pretty exhausting photo session. Spa-center is located in a renovated wine cellar. I was offered to try a facial and body massage PURO Sacred Nature Ritual with a duration of two hours. Olive oil with the addition of oranges and cinnamon, which were grown in the mansion’s gardens, are used in the massage.
Out of all places, where I have been, Toscana is in the list of MUST SEE&VISIT AGAIN!
IN THE PROCESS OF SHOOTING WE MOVED FROM ONE VILLA TO ANOTHER, THE TIME ON ROUTE TOOK AROUND 20 MINUTES – A HOTEL’S PICTURESQUE TERRITORY SPREAD AMONG HILLS WITH VINEYARDS AND OLIVE GROVES.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO ADMIRE TOSCANA’S HILLS, LIKE WATCHING THE SEE – LIVELONG IN ORDER TO COMPLETELY ENJOY THE TUSCANY JOURNEY, FERRARI WILL BE THE BEST CHOICE
VILLA'S INTERIOR IS MADE IN TUSCAN STYLE, WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF ANTIQUE ITEMS. DELICACY, FORETHOUGHT IN EVERY STEP BRING THE FEELING OF COMFORT AND FULL HARMONY
TOUCHING VILLA’S WALLS, IT IS POSSIBLE TO FEEL THE HISTORICAL SPIRIT AND STRONG POSITIVE ENERGY. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO COME BACK AND REST WITH FAMILY
EVEN A WALK IN THE GARDEN OF YOUR VILLA BRINGS EXCITING EMOTIONS. IT SEEMED THAT I CAN FOREVER ADMIRE THE BOOM OF BEATLES, BIRDSONG AND SIMPLY BREATHE THAT AIR
On the cover page: Mariana Voinove Photographer: Katja Condratyeva Stylist: Lina Hristophorova Visagiste: Valeria Azarenyuk Producer: Olga Loktionova
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