Malcolm writes: just spent a few days in Tuscany at Villa La Senaia with my son Ollie, and in-laws Alf and Edith. The weather was perfect for our stay, and the views out over Castiglion Fiorentino from the terrace and pool are fabulous, so we didn’t feel the urge to leave the villa all day. Our visit however, coincided with the Wild Boar Festival (Sagra di cinghiale) in Castiglion Fiorentino, which is only a short drive from Villa La Senaia. Our relutance to leave the poolside was rewarded with a number of delicious dishes, so it was well worth the effort.
The villa’s location is ideal for exploring southern Tuscany – with Cortona and Arezzo just a short drive away – and if you want to venture a bit further Siena, Montepulciano and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria are all worth a day trip.