Travel: Villa Cetinale

The Villa Cetinale is a 17th century villa in Siena, Italy, or what we like to call it, an architectural dream. Designed by Carlo Fontana in a Roman Baroque Style, the villa is surrounded by equally beautiful grounds and gardens. As far as your #travelgram pictures would go, this would be the one with the most ‘likes’, fact.

Boasting 9 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedded rooms, 1 single, and a dormitory for 4 children, this Italian gem makes for the perfect accommodation for family and/or friends looking for something private, lush and quite simply, extraordinary. With an in-house chef at your service, you can take solace in knowing that freshly cut fruit bowls, and ice tea will be on tap after a dip in the outdoor pool, or a game on the tennis court. It doesn’t stop there, The Villa Cetinale also houses a wine cellar donning exquisite bottles of Tuscan wines; we can just smell the decadence calling us.

Once you’re glowing from your Italian sun-kissed skin, take advantage of the excursions and sights nearby the villa. There are local treks and hikes on offer, as is horse riding through picturesque trails. The coast is approximately an hour away, and you can easily make a day off it by visiting the few surrounding islands, such as Elba and Giglio. Siena itself is 10km away and the town of Florence, and hour. If you’re a bit like us and need to feed your cultural enthusiasm, fear not as you’re in a prime location to discover the the working monastery at Monte Oliveto, the Romanesque cloister at Torri, or the ruined Cistercian abbey at San Galgano.

Upon renting The Villa Cetinale, you will have access to the basics, such as wifi, washer-dryers, parking, a microwave, cleaning services, toiletries, linens, and a house manager, leaving you to kick back, relax, and soak up the Italian breeze, and luxury.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji