Wend through olive groves in this quiet part of Tuscany to the Pampanini’s handsomely renovated old farmhouse, full of light and family-friendly good taste. Four acres of grounds, great for games on the grassy sprawls and with a huge linden tree, surround the perched house – not a neighbour in sight – and a large stone terrace faces pretty south-westerly views. The swimming pool’s a joy too, especially after a good walk or cycle on woodsy local trails. Mario leaves a guide to what to do and where to eat in the area’s sleepy villages; on a clear day you can see the Tyrrhenian sea twinkling in the distance and it may be hard to resist a day trip to the beach. Inside all is elegantly informal and designed for easy living. The open-plan kitchen is a cook’s delight and you can eat just outside under the wisteria arbour. There are masses of games and books, comfy sofas and reading chairs by the open fire. Arched doorways are lined with terracotta, floor tiles gleam; there’s a studio and a sun-room. Super-comfortable bedrooms have high, sloping beamed ceilings, parquet floors and big, bright bathrooms. Spot on.