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Stay in this spectacular cliffside villa on an island off the coast of Tuscany

The beautiful fortress is decorated with traditional frescoes and oak floors – and has two pools with ocean views

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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If you’re looking to level up your post-pandemic getaway, there are some stunning accommodation options to choose from. Take this cute French cottage, once the home of Julia Child, for example. Or if you’re after something more adventurous, what about a night or two in this plane suspended in the Costa Rican jungle

But when it comes to sheer goddamn luxury, it’d be hard to beat this Italian hilltop fortress. The sixteenth-century Forte San Giorgio, on the Tuscan island of Capraia, has just been done up and is now taking bookings. You can stay in the 11-bedroom, ten-bathroom property and luxuriate among ancient pillars and vaults – or just look out over the striking blue ocean. 

The building is listed as a National Monument of Architectural and Artistic Merit and took a decade to restore. If you want to spend time indoors, there’s an elegant lounge area, decorated with traditional frescoes and oak floors. The villa also has a games room, a bar and a cinema, plus a kitchen designed by celeb chef Riccardo De Pra.

Tuscany
Photograph: TheThinkingTraveler.com
Tuscany
Photograph: TheThinkingTraveler.com
Tuscany
Photograph: TheThinkingTraveler.com

Faced with the glaring Italian sun, you’re probably going to want to head outside. Happily, there are two manicured gardens, two pools, two alfresco dining areas and another bar area – making that Campari spritz a tiny bit easier to enjoy.

Unsurprisingly, the Forte San Giorgio comes with a hefty price tag. The weekly rates for Forte San Giorgio start at £16,005 ($21,061) and can reach £46,123 ($60,692) in the high season. You can find out more about the property and book here.

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