Cool take on a Chianti country house

HIGH IN THE HILLS, with an inspiring sweep of valleys and the Chianti hills before you, Villa Sassolini scores a ten on the mile-wide views from its lofty terrace.

Originally built in the 14th century, the villa has been impeccably restored with lashings of design talent and a pleasingly stripped-back feel. Behind its plain stone walls, you’ll find sleekly stylish interiors and a sense of unhurried calm.

Beamed ceilings and bare boards underline Villa Sassolini’s rustic-chic feel. Ten elegant bedrooms offer the max in style and space. Limed oak wood floors, big beds and painted beams are set off by smart contemporary furnishings With the occasional vintage piece) and soft shades of cream, chocolate and olive green.

Up to the minute bathrooms are made for indulgence – suites come with deep bathtub centre-stage –  while some rooms have four-posters. Help-yourself minibars  are stocked with complimentary soft drinks.

Hit the Spot
In the hamlet of Moncioni, in the Tuscan hills.

The balconied A Caccia suite is a winner. The Marrakech and In Montagna rooms also have fabulous valley and pool views.

Be savvy
Opt for a valley, rather than village, facing room if you’d sooner not draw the curtains at night…

Be smitten
Coolest Chiantishire.

Rosemary and lavender

If the rooms are good, the pool terrace – fetchingly lit at night – is the piece de resistance. Take in the scent of waist-high lavender and rosemary as you stretch out on a sunlounger or breakfast in sight of Monte del Chianti. If it’s cool, make yourselves at home in Villa Sassolini’s timber-floored lounge, with its books and fireplace, where low lighting adds to the sense of calm.

Dining is a highlight here – whether it’s breakfast on the wide terrace or dinner in the softly lit restaurant, with its exposed stonework and tall mirrors. Expect a new take on regional Tuscan cuisine, with crisp linen table runners and matching slip covered chairs. 

Bicycles are on hand to explore your hillside surroundings, and you’re in easy reach of Siena, Florence and other historic Tuscan towns – not to mention some outstanding designer outlets.

Villa Sassolini was reviewed by Room for Romance

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Dining in
Villa Sassolini's chef Antonio Pelosi offers a fresh take on traditional and modern Tuscan classics – made with the best and freshest local ingredients. The home made pear ravioli, beef tartare and wild boar ragout stand out, while more adventurous dishes include the leek timbale. There’s an extensive wine list featuring both local and other excellent Italian wines.

Dining out

Given its rural setting, you’ll probably want to dine in at Villa Sassolini. Other options in Moncioni include Osteria di Strada, for a menu loaded with traditional favourites and a candlelit vault setting. For al fresco garden dining, try Il Canto del Maggio. 

La Terrazza at Villa Sassolini

What’s cooking?
A twist on trad Tuscan favourites.

Dress the part
Chianti chic.

Top table?
On the terrace, with its fabulous sunsets.

See & Do
Bag a sunlounger and do some bronzing around the pool, hire mountain bikes to pedal around nearby villages, or hit the vineyard trail and do some tasting. Trawl for antiques in the emporia of nearby Montevarchi, or take in a medieval castle. Florence and Sienna are both close enough for a day trip.


Shopping is serious business around here – and you can stock up on brands like Fendi and Dolce and Gabbana at nearby designer outlets. Gucci, Armani and Ungaro stores are also within easy reach for label lovers.

After dark

Florence, though a little far boasts wonderful nightlife, whilst a little closer to home is Clancy’s Irish Bar. We suggest you dine in though, then enjoy a peaceful evening sipping cocktails by the pool

Medieval jousting gets underway at Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo, with teams of crusading knights, parties and a procession.

2 July and 16 August
Siena’s famous Palio hits the streets, with what’s possibly the world’s most chaotic horse race.

Largo Moncioni, Moncioni 52025

There is free guest parking

Montevarchi station –  10km

EUR 20 from the station

Florence – 80km

Rooms and suites
Six rooms, four suites

Special features
Stylish rooms have internet access, satellite TV and a minibar with complimentary drinks.


Some rooms have four posters, and one has balcony. The gorgeous garden is perfect for moonlit meanders.


Rates guide
250-350 euros

Closed 15 November – 15 March



Minimum night stay?


Buffet breakfast, including home baked croissants, is served until 10:30am.

Room service
Available morning and evening.




Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms

Italian, English and French

Wedding license?
Up to 30 guests can be accommodated for the party. 

Eco conscience
Only ecologically sound detergents and cleaning products are used

Your contact
Massimo Tani – general manager



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