Step out of the door and into Buggiano Castello, a scented tangle of steep medieval streets, known for its Citrus Gardens. As for the 15th-century villa, it was in the same family for 600 years, and is now for others to share.
Feel like a nurtured guest in a historic home. In many bedrooms, headboards are upholstered in velvet, and frescoed ceilings soar. Outside, wander the terraces, bask on wicker sofas, dip in the jacuzzi. There’s also a unique pool on the edge of the village. All you hear are the birds, the wind, and the soft rumble of a train making its way through the valley.
The larger village, Borgo Buggiano, is a 20-minute stroll downhill. It has a handful of shops, cafes, restaurants, and trains; set off for Pisa, Lucca or Florence. Return to sundowners on the panoramic terrace, as you gaze on the twinkling Volterra.