A beautiful spa resort straight out of a Renaissance painting, Villa San Paolo sits within the rolling hills of Italy’s Umbria region, where little has changed since the days of St. Francis of Assisi. Once a 17th century farmhouse, chapel, and rectory, this Tuscan villa is now an exclusive seven-bedroom luxury accommodation with stunning views over the ancient olive groves of Castello di Reschio and the thousand year-old UNESCO towers of San Gimignano.

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Villa San Paolo stands on 2,700 acres of private gardens on the foundations of a 14th century cloistered convent. Eventually converted into a noble country residence in the 19th century, the villa still retains much of its rustic and religious atmosphere in its brick hearths, terracotta floors, antique art collection, and candelabra lighting. Yet there is also a modern twist to be felt here. Each of the seven rooms—spread throughout the historic villa and the new cottage and pool house complex—feature all of the contemporary touches worthy of a luxury hotel, from wingback sofas to heated towel racks. Unique local artwork informs the rooms’ varied color schemes, while the added amenities of private patios, fireplaces, personal whirlpool bathtubs, and locally made olive oil soaps create a truly romantic Tuscan escape.

Life at Villa San Paolo is dedicated to pure relaxation and indulgence amid the beautiful hills of San Gimignano. It begins within the walls of IRISPA Benessere, a 3,300-square-foot temple of rejuvenation, and it continues on the olive grove terrace of Lampolla, a classic osteria where age-old tradition meets Tuscany’s finest produce to create such specialties as Chianina carpaccio and Grand Ravioli. Whether enjoying gelato by the swimming pool, grabbing an authentic flatbread or bruschetta at the Losteria Café, or experiencing an intimate tailor-made dinner and wine pairing in the Lacantina Wine Cellar, guests are spoilt with a taste of Tuscany. Of course, there is always the option to simply roam the estate, marveling at the modern Tuscan art collection and exploring the olive groves, fountains, sculptures, tennis courts, and ancient Orciaia that make up the extensive grounds.

With its central location within Castello di Reschio, Villa San Paolo is perfectly poised for guests to enjoy the highlights of Umbria and Tuscany. This is a verdant region of rolling hills, extensive vineyards, and some of the finest cuisine Italy has to offer, and there is no better way to experience it than with guided tours, wine tastings, cooking lessons, and walking or cycling excursions through its hamlets. While the Castelfalfi golf course is nearby, guests are also only a stone’s throw from the historical and artistic wonders of San Gimignano and within easy reach of the Tuscan delights of Siena, Arezzo, Assisi, Todi, Orvieto, and Florence.

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