A medieval farm expertly restored by charming Assunta and Stefano who, being Italian, have a flair for this sort of thing. You are immersed in greenery yet half an hour from Florentine bustle. The views on the road to Fiesole are stunning; Stefano will ferry you around neighbouring villages in his mini-van, or you could hire mountain bikes and take one of Assunta’s wonderful picnic baskets with you. For lazier days, the wonderful pool beckons. The log-fired sitting room sets the tone: the casa has a warm, Tuscan feel, and bedrooms open off a landing with a brick-walled ‘garden’ in the centre – all Stefano’s work. Two have four-poster beds dressed in Florentine fabric, all have polished wooden floors and pretty views, some onto the gardens where Stefano grows his herbs and vegetables. You are 500 metres above sea level so… no need for air conditioning, no mosquitoes! Breakfast on seasonal fruits and Assunta’s tasty scrambled eggs; dine on delicious Tuscan food. There is also an excellent restaurant up the road.