Lupaia is the sort of countryside hideaway that you won’t want to leave. Farm buildings dating from the 17th century have been converted into 11 wonderfully cosy and comfortable rooms and suites brimming with details such as exposed stone walls and beams. Some have little gardens attached, with views of nearby hilltop towns, including Montepulciano. The gardens, terraces and pool area are all exquisitely done, as is the open kitchen where top-notch Tuscan cuisine is served.
From the Alps in the north to the tip of Italy’s toe – plus its assorted islands – there’s a bewildering range of places to stay in this utterly enchanting country. Not surprisingly, in a land with such a long and fascinating history, it’s not too difficult to find hotels in converted Renaissance palaces, medieval towers and rustic farmhouses. Add to the rich mix some profound regional differences from north to south – in everything from architecture to food, culture and things to do – and you’ve got a country that hugely rewards those willing (and wealthy enough) to do a 21st-century style grand tour of its glorious span. We’ve picked some of the most outstanding hotels and resorts to help you do just that, and experience the trip of a lifetime.