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Sybaritic Pleasures at Lake Iseo

The little brother to Lake Como and Lake Garda has a very appetising proposition


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is a former

hunting lodge now dedicated to hunters

of the five c’s:

courtesy, character, charm, calm


most importantly,


. L’Albereta scores on

every count. This ivy-clad retreat is the ancestral

villa of the Morettii family and packed with

antiques andmuseumquality art. Huge sculptures

adorn themanicured grounds and you can almost

pluck the fruit of the vines from your room with

Lake Iseo glinting in the distance.

This really is one of the hidden treasures of Italy’s

stunning northern lakes, and with the inspiration

of nearby Lake Iseo, and within easy striking

distance of Milan, Lake Garda and Lake Como it is

the idealplacetoexploretheregion.Butbewareof

local temptations, because the airy restaurant is a

temple to gourmet cuisine from Italian chef Fabio

Abbattista. His dishes alone are reason enough to

make the pilgrimage here whilst the award-

winning Espace Chenot Health Wellness SPA will

complete the sybaritic experience.


uscany is the rich heartland of Medieval Italy, a region

where wine has flowed for Millenia, and where, atop

its picture-postcard rolling hills, glorious walled

towns and villages remind us of a time when Italy was split

into a myriad of local kingdoms and duchies. The noble

cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena provide wonderful artistic

reservoirs, but the countryside of Tuscany is a natural

masterpiece. Whilst every inch of the region is a joy to the

senses, it is perhaps as you delve into the south of the

region that Tuscany both delivers its finest countryside and

some exceptional country retreats.

Take a glorious 500 acre estate stuffed with olive-clad hills

and vineyards, and the former residence of the Grand Duke

of Tuscany. Then rev up the neo-classical interiors with chic

design by Ettore Mochetti, director of Architectural Digest.

Now stamp the cuisine with the imprint of one of Italy’s

finest masterchefs and it is obvious that


, in the

Maremma region of southern Tuscany, delivers treat after

treat. The coast lies a short distance away, so do not be

fooled by its remote location - it is an ideal marriage of

elegant country living and sophisticated Mediterranean.

Grand Designs in Southern Tuscany

Tuscan country living on a ducal estate