The stylish Hotel Villa La Palagina is situated in the hills of the Valdarno right in the middle of the famous Chianti region, just 45 minutes southeast of Florence.
From its dominant position on a hill the 18th century villa looks down over the surrounding vineyards and olive groves and thanks to its warm yellow color the building is easily recognizable from afar. From the minivan with the small group of Italy bloggers that he had been showing around the area the whole day, General Manager Eric Veroliemeulen proudly pointed out “his” hotel from a distance.
Eric took the helm of Villa La Palagina in 2008 and the passion he has for his profession is reflected even in the smallest of detail around the hotel.
Furthermore, Eric is the perfect host and he has made it his mission to pamper his guests and to make sure that they will have an unforgettable stay in Tuscany.
The 27 rooms of Villa La Palagina are all arranged and furnished differently and therefore I was very curious to see what was awaiting me when I opened the door of my second floor room. In the stylishly furnished room I found a personal welcome note from Eric accompanied by a bottle of wine of their own production and lovely scented soap. My bathroom came equipped with a hydro massage tub, perfect for some relaxation before dinner after a busy day touring.
After opening the shutters I silently enjoyed the stunning panorama for a long time. The unique location of the villa provides a marvelous view and it is hard to take your eyes off so much beauty. It’s not every day that you stay in the hotel that has Sting as its direct neighbor on the adjacent estate.
It was la dolce vita all the way to enjoy a glass of prosecco on the terrace before entering the restaurant where chef Federico Cardi had prepared a delicious dinner for us. Lasagna with ricotta and zucchini, pheasant with truffle on mashed potatoes with a leek sformatino, and to finish the meal a dessert of dark and white chocolate mousse with cherry sauce that was to die for! We concluded the evening in good Tuscan tradition with a glass of limoncello on the terrace.
After a good night’s sleep, nothing beats a nice breakfast in the morning sun with a view over the rolling Chianti hills. Unfortunately it was too cold for a swim in one of the pools, but I can imagine that during the summer months this must be Tuscan heaven on earth!
Villa La Palagina offers rooms in various categories from standard to suite and because this is a 3-star hotel (lacking at least one star if you ask me) a stay in this dream villa is also within reach of the smaller purse. Families and larger groups can stay in one of the beautiful apartments or in their own villa with a private pool.
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