Deep in Sicilian countryside, wrought-iron gates lead to a rare delight: a rich green lawn framed by rambling roses and scented plants. This gorgeous country house, built in 1778, remains in the family, as does impeccable taste. Arrive to vaulted stone ceilings that create elegant cocoons in which to unpack and unwind. Classic, understated furnishings have charming touches such as old lace tablecloths, warm rugs and fine china, while bedrooms are modest but modern, with small spotless bathrooms and local soaps. One room opens to its own shaded piece of garden. At the heart of this baroque golden triangle, Roman mosaics, beautiful towns and stunning woodlands are yours to unravel; you could also hire horses from next door’s farm and ride to the coast – or picnic in a valley grove. Relax in the spa or book a massage or yoga lesson. If asked, Giuseppe will make you an exquisite dinner using recipes from his aristocratic roots, focusing on ricotta, milk, vegetables and herbs from the farm, matched by excellent wines. Stroll along flagstones, admire the views, relax beneath star-dusted skies. A stunningly lovely place.