An organic farm specialising in Chianina cattle, fragrant olive oil and white truffles; utter tranquillity one hour from Florence. Delightful Guido and others have worked hard to provide somewhere stylish, bio-sensitive and beautiful to stay on this 500-hectare nature reserve/farm. Three farmhouses here, all with sweeping views. Le Trosce – one floor but several levels – is for one big party. Doderi is divided into three apartments, simple and minimalist; 60s retro furniture add style, originality and colour. The apartments in Brentina, deeper in the woods, are a touch more rustic – designers will love their whitewashed simplicity; all have books and delicious bathrooms. Outside: chic patios and pools. Down at the farm: a vegetable and herb garden, orchards, pigs, hens and a very warm reception. Nature trails entice you to explore, so forage in the cool shade of the woods in the truffle zone or stumble upon a ruined ‘casa colonica’. Lovely old Montaione, San Miniato and Certaldo Alto have festivals throughout the year.