A rural hamlet approved by Michelin and Relais & Châteaux
Pievescola lies west of Siena, where the rolling countryside transforms into vineyards and the roads turn rural and winding. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of place – a charming hamlet with a handful of low-key restaurants.
Take the road that rolls east out of town, and you’ll come across a medieval villa tucked between the town and forested hills. This is a Relais & Châteaux property, and our handpicked hotel here. The in-house restaurant is the star attraction, plating up Italian specialities and Tuscan wines in an old olive mill. If you get a chance, take the time to explore the grounds – they’re decorated with herb gardens and lemon groves.
Siena is a scenic 40-minute drive away from Pievescola. Plan a day trip here, and you’ll wind up in a medieval masterpiece of a city that spills out from a distinctive fan-shaped square.
The best airports for Tuscany are Florence and Pisa. Direct flights from the UK take approximately two hours.
Pievescola is just over an hour's drive from Florence Airport, or an hour and 40 minutes from Pisa Airport.
Tuscany is a mild-weathered place. Temperatures meander between 20°C and 25°C in the warmest months of July and August. July is also usually the driest month of the year. Autumn is light jacket weather (around 17°C in September), while spring is crisper – think 10°C to 15°C.
Tuscany has a calendar full of festivals. Museums and shops shut early on Easter weekend so that locals can join the processions and Passion Plays that pop up throughout the region. Spring also kicks off a long line-up of food events that last till autumn. September is harvest time, so that’s when wine festivals really get into their stride.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.