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Spa Break and Wine Tasting in Tuscany

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What better way to relax than to combine a Spa break in the Tuscan countryside with a wine tour of local Tuscan wineries.

Where can I find a Hotel with Spa in Tuscany?

Castello del Nero

Just 35 minutes from Florence airport is Castello del Nero in the town of Tavernelle Val di Pesa, in the heart of the Chianti Wine region this 5 star luxury hotel is a 12th century castle converted into a Leading Hotel of the World Hotel with ESPA Spa and outdoor Vitality Pool.

Grotta Giusti 

Grotta Giusti Natural Spa Resort  is situated in Monsummano Terme, north west of Florence. The early nineteenth century villa, now a prestigious 4 star Hotel.

Grotta Giusti has its very own thermal Grotto and new open-air thermal swimming pool.

Villa La Borghetta

Set on a beautiful Tuscan hillside between Florence and Arezzo is four star Villa La Borghetta Resort. The villa dates back to the 14th century. It has a beautiful spa with views over the olive groves and outdoor pool and jacuzzi.

Palazzo Leopoldo

In the heart of Chianti is the picturesque town of Radda in Chianti is four Star Palazzo Leopoldo, which is a historic hotel within the Medieval City Walls.  It was the Manor House of the Minucci family in the 1800s. It has a wellness centre, sun terrace and indoor heated swimming pool.

CDH Hotel Radda

CDH Hotel Radda is a 4 star hotel which has modern Tuscan-style features with stone facades and terracotta floors.  Pure relaxation is the underlying theme of the hotel with a indoor Health Centre and outdoor pool with beautiful views over the Chianti hills.

Villa Campomaggio

4 star Villa Campomaggio is an 18th-century nobile villa stands amid the Chianti hills surrounded by vineyards and woods.  The spa was converted from the old cellars and the outdoor pool has a breathtaking outlook on Chianti vineyards.

Castello di Casole

5 star luxury Castello di Casole lies west of Siena, recently restored Castle that dates back to the year 998, in the heart of a vast and vibrant country estate has a mesmerizing spa and state of the art fitness centre, with outdoor heated infinity pool.

Adler Thermae

5 star Spa Hotel Adler Thermae, near Montalcino is one of Italy’s leading wellness hotels.

Discover thermal baths in Tuscany and reap the benefits that thermal spring water has to offer. With indoor and outdoor heated pools plus exclusive spa treatments with thermal water from the thermal springs of Bagno Vignoni.

Tuscan Wine Tour with Silvia

Enjoy a day of wine tasting on a Tuscan Wine Tour with Silvia, your English-speaking driver and wine expert.

Silvia is a Tuscan native who holds a degree in Italian History, a Diploma from the Italian Sommelier Guild and a license for private chauffeuring.

Silvia has a strong passion for Tuscany and Tuscan wine, which she will share with you on your Tuscan Wine Tour.  Start your day visiting a charming village in Chianti with time to shop for local specialties and handicrafts. You will then visit a fine winery, in a historic villa or castle where you  will taste the winery’s current releases and visit the ancient cellars where you will be introduced to the world of wine and wine-making.

By this time you’ll be ready for a tasty lunch at the winery overlooking the countryside, or in a very good local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit another excellent family-run winery. Now you will begin to

understand the range of aromas and flavors that Tuscan wines have to offer and recognize the incredible subtleties and differences.

Return to your Spa Hotel with new knowledge of Tuscan wine, ready to relax at the hotel with a spa treatment or a glass of wine by the pool reflecting on your Tuscan wine tour experience.

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Luxury Winter Resorts in Italy

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It’s hard to imagine but Italy is indeed experiences a very real winter. As a result, not many people come to visit in respect to the warmer spring and summer months that make Italian holidays so iconic. However, another iconic sort of Italian holiday could involve winter activities like skiing in the Italian Alps or the Dolomites, mountain trekking in the hills and of course relaxing at a luxury winter resort in Italy. The main regions of interests for winter vacations in Italy  are Trentino Alto Aldige which is home to the Dolomites and The Italian Alps of Valle D’Osta and The Tuscan Apennine. Are you looking for luxury winter resorts in Italy? Here are a few of our suggestions for some of the best places for a ski holiday in Italy:

San Cassiano- A UNESCO heritage site located in the Dolomites of South Tyrol Trentino Alto Aldige, San Cassiano is said to be the must stunning ski destination in the world. We recommend this location for families and groups of people with varying levels of skiing ability. Where to stay? Rosa Alpina. We suggest Rosa Alpina because it is an historical, family-run luxury Inn for 3 generations that is perfect for those seeking luxury, location and relaxation for the whole family.

Ortisei (Val Gardena, Bolzano)- Ortisei is a holiday paradise in the Dolomites of South Tyrol, it is one of the villages of Val Gardena within the mountain chain apart of the alps. Ortisei is perfect for skiing, strolling, snowshoeing, trekking tours while discovering UNESCO natural wonders and modern city villages and for any winter sports enthusiasts. Visit the official website of the Val Gardena for resources regarding activities, ski lifts, equipment rentals, things to do, where to stay and more. Where to stay in Ortisei? We recommend Calvalino Bianco. Why? Because it’s the best 4 star luxury hotel in Val Gardena ideal for families and groups looking for endless activities yet magical facilities for wellness and relaxation.

Cortina D’Ampezzo- Located in the southern alps of the dolomites in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Cortina D’Ampezzo experiences abundant snowfall which makes it a perfect destination for snow chasers. Worth noting is that this location will be hosting the Women’s Ski World Cup this Jauary 18th and 19th. Here you can enjoy Nordic and Alpine skiing. If skiing is not exactly your cup of tea, try snowshoeing at the Ampezzo Natural Park so that you can still enjoy the snowy terrain. Visit the official tourism website to learn more about additional details, accomodation, how to get there and more.

Courmayeur (Valle d’Aosta)- This winter resort town is located in the Aosta valley at the foot of Mont Blanc and shares access to the famous glacial ski run of the Vallee Blanche. Courmayeur’s picturesque mountain scenery and fresh mountain air make it a desirable destination year-round. Considered a famous ski location in Italy, it also contains one of Europe’s finest botanical garden “Alpino Saussurea.” Courmayeur is a popular destination for hikers for the spring and summer periods in Italy. This is an ideal destination for those who seek a more difficult physical challenge at the slopes with rewarding mountain sights of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain peak in Italy! For more information on the winter resort town of Courmayeur, visit Val D’Osta’s official tourism website.

Did you know that Le Baccanti Tours can organize your entire vacation in the Italian mountains- from head to toe? We are here to customize the best package to include lodging, transport, wine tasting, active tours, cooking classes and more! Contact us for a quote and sample itinerary for your next trip to the Italian Alps!

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Choosing your 5-star hotel in Tuscany

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Coming to Tuscany? Ah…the Italian region of luxury: food, wine, shopping, fashion, spas, thermal baths, nature, farmhouses, horseback riding, castles- the list can go on and continue for ages. If you choose to travel in comfort and to be pampered in pure bliss- a 5 star hotel is probably on your plan for your stay in Tuscany. Choosing a hotel, at any star, can be stressful. With sites like tripadvisor, viator, expedia telling you their user’s top picks- how do you know their criteria for the best 5-star hotel in Tuscany is also your criteria? These sites are great for cross-references for when you have found a hotel that seems like the right hotel for your tastes and budget. But we do not recommend on depending on websites that purely have user generated content. Of course, you should rely on your travel agent or the staff with Le Baccanti to help you choose the perfect 5-star hotel by providing your personal preferences and travel wishes. When going about your hotel research you should bear some basics in mind.

* Location- Where do you want to stay? Not just the city location, but what kind of atmosphere do you crave. I.e.: City? Villa in the countryside? A castle? Rustic cottage style? Small village? Tuscany is a diverse region, start off with trying to imagine your favorite location. As with most 5-star hotels, they will provide shuttle service to most popular destinations like Florence if you would like to stay in a 5-star hotel in the Chianti region to enjoy a stay in the tranquil countryside with beautiful views from your suite.

* Rooms- What kind of experience do you want? Most hotels offer a selection but you should understand the different room options available for your budget and experience desire. Junior suites and one-bedroom suites are the highest end choices usually with views while standard double and single rooms are generally the most basic options. If you are wanting something more extravagant, make sure your travel agent knows right off the bat.

* Food and Beverage- Pull out all the stops and choose a 5-star hotel that serves food and drinks to write home about. Some of the best food and wine (and even cocktails) comes from the kitchens and bars at 5-star accommodations. Do some research or just ask us, so you eat and drink only the finest from the hotel with the most exclusive and renowned food and beverage program.

* Wow factor- This is essential to choosing your 5-star hotel un Tuscany. You should wow at even the hotel’s website because it should knock you off your feet when you arrive. Make sure you are wow’ed by the images and previews you come across during your 5-star hotel research.

* Services- Chances are that you are not only interested in staying in your hotel room all day. Do some research and see what services they offer and how highly rated they are. An example of some services of interest to do during your stay in Tuscany can include: spa treatments, swimming pool, sauna spas, cocktail dinners, dry cleaning, internet and basic services that you would need just as if you were at home.

* Track record- Is your hotel of choice reputable? They should be. If they are new, that’s okay. They should hopefully have done some PR to create some credibility and experience to draw upon. Make sure your hotel has a proven track record for service, hospitality, location and comfort.

* Attention to detail- A quality hotel will have thought of every detail so that you are wowed and amazed by every moment of your stay. Pay attention to everything such as how the interiors have been arranged. You want to walk in and be amazed by every detail down to the lounge area linens and wall decor. This shows an establishment with a placed importance on detail, thoroughness and the desire to please every sensibility. Their attention to detail should also be evident in how they respond to each individual client.  Finding a 5-star hotel with a high emphasis on detail will ensure a smooth stay in Tuscany.

Need suggestions about which hotel to stay at? Contact us! We are here and happy to assist you on every step of the way towards planning your 5-star experience in Tuscany. Since we specialize in food and wine events as well as tours, we have relationships with the best 5-star villas and estates in the region. Let us take the worry out of the research, we can plan your entire vacation package in Tuscany to include events, services, tours and hotel accommodation.

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Italian Luxury Hotels – Castello del Nero in Chianti

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The Tuscan countryside has been a dream for visitors for centuries and a stay at the five star Castello del Nero hotel nestled in the Tuscan countryside just outside a charming Chianti village is the perfect way to experience the beauty of this magical land. Just a 30 minute drive from Florence, Castello del Nero offers rooms and suites complete with unique furnishings and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The property has all the luxury amenities you could hope for, including a pool, spa services, room service and a top rated restaurant Le Torre right on the property. It is the perfect base for exploring Chianti towns such as Castellina in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano and even Siena and Florence both under an hours drive. The surrounding area is filled with charming towns, fantastic restaurants, Chianti Classico wineries, pecorino cheese makers and other Tuscan treats such as extra virgin olive oil and salt cured meats.

Get in touch today with the Le Baccanti team to create a fantastic tour of Tuscany with a stay at this unforgettable hotel. The Le Baccanti Team of travel professionals can create custom tours for any number of guests to any region of Italy!

Le Baccanti Tours is a luxury travel company located in Tuscany, Italy. We have been specializing in gourmet food, wine and cultural tours of Italy for over 10 years.Please see our website www.lebaccanti.com for more information on how to book your next trip to Italy with us!

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