Monday, September 4, 2017

Relais La Suvera: Luxe Renaissance Hotel in Tuscany

Set like a precious jewel amid the gently rolling Chianti countryside, with its lush vineyards, olive groves and ancient woods, La Suvera is an extraordinary five-star villa located on the fringes of the little Tuscan village of Pievescola just west of Siena. Once a medieval castle, La Suvera was transformed into a Renaissance villa by Pope Julius II when the town of Siena gave him the property in 1508. Now owned by the family of Marquis Giuseppe Ricci Paracciani and his wife Princess Eleonora Massimo who are responsible for turning their private home into a boutique luxury hotel, this gracious country residence comprises a Papal Villa, farmhouse, ancient stables, church and olive mill. Surrounded by beautiful Italian Renaissance gardens and luxurious swimming pool embraced by cypress, wisteria and fragrant linden trees, La Suvera also features an unique wellness centre and spa in the medieval part of the villa with a hydromassage and Turkish bath made from a medieval cistern.

An exceptional setting, the villa is exquisitely furnished with period furnishings, antiques and heirlooms from from the private collection of the current owners, all beautifully arranged throughout the 36 rooms and suites as well as in the family museum on the first floor of the villa, made up of the Pope’s Hall, Brancaccio Hall, Library and the historic Ricci Paracciani Archive. For gourmet dining, Ristorante Oliviera is located in the building which used to house a huge olive press, hence its name. A magnificent buffet breakfast is served here every morning, consisting of home-made cakes and tarts, organic jams and marmalades, seasonal fruit and local cold meats and salami. In the evening Oliviera offers candlelit gourmet dining on the terrace overlooking the Papal Villa, where new Chef Giovanni D'Ecclesiis serves classic Tuscan cuisine with a contemporary twist. For a glass of prosecco or light lunch, the hotel's Bar dei Limoni is open at all times of day in the shade of the lemon trees on the terrace near the pool, or in the evening as the sun sets over the romantic Tuscan countryside.

The entrance gate to La Suvera

The Rennaissance era Papal Villa was designed by Baldaserre Peruzzi for Pope Julius II

View to the caged bell-shaped aviary in the central palazzo

Garden nymph sunny Italian Renaissance gardens

The tranquil swimming pool set in La Suvera's leafy gardens

Entrance to the Benessere Spa

Hydromassage pool made from the villa's Medieval cistern

Our superior bedroom with views over the garden

The Ricci Library

The Sitting Room

 The impressive 16th-century Ricci family Church, dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo, 
is often used for weddings taking place at La Suvera

'Pippo' the resident cat

Sipping Limoncello on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside

La Suvera was featured in Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon' 'Trip to Italy' film

Coogan and Brydon relaxing in the garden at La Suvera

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