17th-century Italian villa in the Tuscan countryside
A quintessential Italian villa in the Tuscan countryside, this sprawling 17th-century estate is so picture-perfect that it could be a Renaissance painting. Its private pool is fringed by vineyards and soaring cypress trees, while its interior is full of lovingly restored period features, antique furniture and eclectic decor spanning decades from the early 20th century to the present day (including a funky ’70s-style bathroom, chintzy floral sofas, retro posters and classic art in gilded frames). Balconies and terraces look out over olive groves and the villa’s landscaped garden, and the five bedrooms have a mix of king-, queen- and twin-size beds. Pick up fresh bread and biscotti from the local bakery, sample wine from the vineyard or zip into Florence from the train station in the nearby village.