L’ANDANA this historic tuscan estate turned deluxe resort and Leading Hotel of the World was originally a private villa of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold the II. In 1800 he began reclaiming and transforming the surrounding Maremma wetlands into the paradise it is today. Past the imposing front gate and down the kilometer dirt road shaded by towering cypress and stone pine trees, the recently renovated yet authentic manor house sits prominently upon a hill. Laid out before it are the vineyards, olive groves, vast tomato and vegetable fields, and farm, replete with horses and cattle. Driving onto the estate, you have entered a world unto itself. The villa resort offers a plethora of activities and amenities. Spend the day idling by one of two outdoor pools, soak in some relaxation at the indoor vitality pool and sauna, or use the tennis court that doubles as a soccer field. If golf is your bag, the premise also contains a driving range and putting green. Daily excursions to the Mediterranean sea (less than 10 km away), hiking through the vineyard, and wine tastings can all be arranged. Just a few kilometers drive away, on the western coast of Italy, is the pleasant seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia, where a dive into the welcoming Mediterranean followed by a saunter down the main promenade and up to the castle is certainly worthwhile. The hotel offers two restaurants, one a refined bistro, and the other an elegant Michelin-starred establishment. Both make good use of the fresh produce, olive oil, and Aqua Giusta wine produced

on the villa’s grounds. Before leaving, make sure to stock up on the local olive oil and the estate’s own wine–you will surely miss them after you have left. Member, Leading Hotels of the World. Gallivanting around the Tuscan countryside, drinking fine wines, feasting on the rich local cuisine and exploring Tuscany’s many hidden gems may be your dream, but it doesn’t have to remain one. Turn that dream into a reality with a stay at any or all of these luxury Tuscan escapes. –A.M.


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