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Note: This property has become a private residence.

Villa Il Tesoro
58024 Massa Marittima (Grosseto)
Tuscany, Italy
39 1566 92971

La Dolce Vita Among the Vines

Il Tesoro: A Treasure on the Rolling Hills
Il Tesoro: A Treasure on the Rolling Hills
In the rolling Maremma hills in western Tuscany, Villa Il Tesoro feels organic, as if it has always been part of the landscape. It's a remarkable place, dating back to the 17th century, when it was a private residence. Today its stone buildings create a dramatic profile at the crest of a secluded estate, surrounded by 4,000 olive trees, stands of pine and Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines.

Redesigned to welcome a select few at a time, the villa houses an exclusive collection of 19 suites. Their soothing, creamy colors provide a backdrop for the simple, but striking, accents. In one room, a fabric headboard rests against a bricked-in archway, while in another an armchair clothed in zebra stripes adds a touch of whimsy. Don't get the idea that this property falls into the hip hotel genre, though. It is too classic and elegant. The owners made a wise choice when they kept the open timber beam ceilings. And instead of art on your bedroom wall, you're likely to find a recessed niche displaying a pair of pine cones. Simplicity has never been so warm and inviting.

Guestroom at the Villa Il Tesoro
Sweet Italian Dreams

Some of the rooms have private gardens or terraces, and all have views of the hills and/or the Tyrrhenian Sea. Accommodations are surprisingly well-equipped with modern amenities, such as air conditioning, telephones, Internet access, mini bars, TVs and safes. Additional unexpected (but thoughtful) modern niceties include an outdoor fitness area and a 24-hour business center. Not that guests will feel like working when they can head out on mountain bikes, drift in the pool or laze in the living room, where complimentary beverages are served throughout the day: tea, coffee, soft drinks, mineral water and La Fonte wine from the villa's own vineyards. There is also a cigar room, for post dinner puffing.

Under the Tuscan Sun Local artwork
Under the Tuscan Sun
Local artwork

The villa's chef, Giuseppe Mellino, makes artful use of fresh seafood, homegrown vegetables and produce from local markets. His gleaming state-of-the-art kitchen is a marked contrast to the comfy country dining room of Il Fiore del Tesoro, the stone-walled, timber-beamed restaurant. If so inspired by the traditional Tuscan cuisine, guests can request cooking classes. And for those devoted epicures, the villa offers culinary packages that include market visits and wine tastings.

Visit to the Market
A Visit to the Market

Rustic, remote and wonderfully romantic, Villa Il Tesoro is an authentic introduction to rural Tuscan living.

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(Updated: 06/14/12 CT)

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