Set near UNESCO protected vineyards and framed by the Alps sits La Villa, a 17th century Italian villa now a modern paradise only around an hour from Genoa. Owned and run by a British family, this is what you call chic country living in the true Italian style.
With 15 unique rooms at La Villa, you have that sense that you're staying more in a gorgeous country house rather than a hotel. Some of the rooms have private balconies or terraces but each has a sense of history.
You’re in Piemonte here, one of the world’s best wine regions – so of course you need to try some. The hotel can arrange wine tours to local producers, where the family will host you in their cantina and share their knowledge with you.
Local antiques and country chic décor go perfectly with the grand rustic rooms that have kept the tiled floors of old. It’s like checking into a magazine.
Award-winning La Vie restaurant offers elegant but relaxed Italian fare that reflects the local countryside. Award-winning chef, Ian Simpson, heads up the restaurant for a fourth, having previously worked alongside Albert Roux and Gordon Ramsay.
A perfect escape spot, the hotel has a large outdoor pool, courtyard, a rooftop terrace and a wonderful garden. The villa is fantastic for couples and certainly the perfect idyllic location to tie the knot in amongst the sweet serenity of the countryside.
Piemonte is always busy with events, ranging from food and wine tasting and festivals to historical reenactments. Try your hand at some cookery classes; make delicious pasta, pizza and learn many traditional Italian dishes. Local villages are home to artisan cheese makers, golf courses and Napoleonic battlefields.
Via Torino, 7
Piedmont - Italy
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