near Lucca, Tuscany
Contemporary gastro-hideaway surrounded by olive trees and vineyards in a lesser visited part of Tuscany
Tenuta San Pietro is everything a Tuscan hotel should be: intimate,
with a mouthwateringly fantastic restaurant and wine cellar,
surrounded by olive groves and close to historic and cultural
towns. Add to that a dash of modern design, a divine infinity pool
and views of the Garfagnana mountains and you’ve got
something a little bit special.
Nestling in the hills outside the gorgeous town of Lucca, it's a bit of a hidden gem, much like the region itself. This is Tuscany without the tourists, but you're still only a half-hour drive from Pisa, and 45 minutes from Florence.
Tenuta San Pietro is owned by a Norwegian family, so the heavy fabrics and Baroque gilding found in so many Tuscan hotels have given way to a more minimalist, Scandinavian-influenced sensibility in this 10-roomed hotel. We loved the wooden floorboards, exposed brickwork and design details like an iconic scarlet lip sofa in reception.
Food is another real highlight – the hotel’s restaurant draws diners from miles around and is regularly booked out in the summer months. As well as a restaurant, there’s a wine cellar with 350 bottles, a tasting room (you can also sample their own olive oil), a lounge and terrace overlooking the olive tree-studded grounds.
Reviewed by Laila Ram
- The food. The New York Times called this region the best in Italy, and guests rave about the cuisine here
- Italian manager Gastone is full of energy and enthusiasm and, being married to an Englishwoman, his English is impeccable
- Wine buffs will love the huge range of local and national vintages, and there are some excellent fattorie nearby for tasting tours
- The view from the infinity pool of the Tuscan countryside is exactly what you come here for
- It's a stylish modern hotel and a breath of fresh air in a region crammed with grand Baroque palaces
- You ideally need a car and Sat Nav - it's not that easy to find - though they do offer a free shuttle into Lucca
- It's an intimate hotel and sound travels between rooms
- There isn't a shower in all bathrooms - some just have a shower attachment on the jacuzzi bath
- The hotel is right on the road (which can get a bit busy in summer) so the rooms next to it may be noisy
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