Monday, August 6, 2012

la dolce vita

Executive summary by darmansjah

In Italy, two historic properties have opened their doors to paying guests. Overlooking the Tuscan countryside of Siena. Hotel Castello di Casole (Casole d’Elsa; 39-577/967-511;; doubles from US$827) occupies a medieval castle on a vast estate planted with grape vines and olive groves. Its 41 suites and 10 stone-walled villas offer a rustic mix of Italian fabrics, Bisazza tiles, and local antiques. Farther south in the Basillicate region. March saw the launch of the Palazzo margherita (Corso umberto 64, Bernalda; 39-835/549-060;; doubles from US$396). A restoration of the 19th-century villa owned by director Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather. With only seven suites, the Margherita is an elegant, sparsely decorated tome of hand-painted fresco walls, herringbone bejmat tiles, and geometric headboard inlays; each detail handpicked or created by French designer Jacques Grange

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