Tuscany is known for its unforgettable landscapes, architectural heritage, and unparalleled hospitality of cucina contadina (farmer’s kitchen). Historic villages, fortified castles, and country churches are scattered all over the region; and provide the weary traveller with a sense of living history.
OUTDOOR WOOD PAGODA
Il Riposo is known as afternoon relaxation Italian style. Surrounded by a spectacular view this shady pagoda, with comfy lounge chairs for reading or napping, gives a reprieve from the hot afternoon sun.
The rolling hills of Tavernelle echo Mother Nature’s perfect sense of composition. Dotted with golden wheat fields, vineyards, and olive groves this Tuscan postcard wraps your spirit in a warm glow.
TUSCAN TABLE WITH VINE ARCH
Honoring our memories of Tuscany, we recreated our own Tuscan table in the backyard. A wonderful way to bring a little bit of the magic back home.
ANCIENT BRICK ALLEYWAY WITH FLOWERS
While exploring the winding cobblestoned streets of a medieval town, breathe in the sights, sounds, and scents of local daily life.
CHURCH BELL TOWER
The view from the terrace of Villa Cristina on an early morning. Church bells herald the start of a new day.
Dawn has broken as the morning light illuminates the hallway in soft rosy hues of pink, opening the door to new adventures.
Everyday we would pass this sign on the way out of town on another daily adventure in the Tuscan countryside. The best part of the day was seeing the reverse….Welcome to Cortona!
BEHIND VINEYARD ROWS
Rows upon rows of grapevines line the countryside in this land where Chianti reigns supreme.
AL FRESCO DESSERT TABLE
Buona sera…Is there any more pleasant way to end the day than by enjoying your dessert outside as day becomes night under the starry sky?
WOOD FLOATING STAIRCASE
Stairway from the Past to the future
Old reclaimed wood beams seem to float up the side of this ancient stone wall, bridging the past and the present with effortless style.
ALFRESCO DINING TABLE
Every country villa has an alfresco dining table, as dining outdoors is a local pastime. The Villa Cristina came with its own terracotta potted lemon and orange trees with fruit ripe for the picking.
Tuscany is filled with warm hues, warm pinks and deep, mustardy ochres are a traditional color for the exterior walls of Italian villas, recalling the fresco paintings of the Renaissance.
TUSCAN GARDEN OVERVIEW
A formal garden terrace above the rolling hills.
Like a living sculpture, each plot holds its own growing treasure of herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
ENGRAVED WOOD FLOWER WALL SCONCE
Handcrafted woodwork which showcases the craftsmanship of ancient artisans ornate doors and walls, giving each building its own artistic uniqueness.
The Villa Cristina has been lovingly restored with care to historical detail as noted by the double shuttered doors and reclaimed stone brick. A designer’s touch, however, is evident in the choice of the soft blue tint of the doors, complementing the subtle blue/gray tones of the stone.
FROM HEART TO HOME
La Cucina is the heart of the Tuscan home. Pasta is considered “primo piatto” meaning the first plate eaten before the meat and vegetable courses. Tuscans don’t eat before 8 pm and typically dine for 1-2 hours as they gather around the table with family and friends savoring their food and wine.
Frequently to flavor Tuscan cuisine, fresh herbs like basil, sage, rosemary, and thyme, are usually brought to the table in bunches and used as decorative centerpieces, and as a garnish for plates loaded with delicious food.