I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve visited Tuscany and Umbria over the decades, but the intense beauty of these regions still takes my breath away. It felt especially satisfying to return in the autumn of 2021 after having been deprived of Italy for far too long. I am pleased to say that despite everything, the pleasure of staying in a top resort in Tuscany is undiminished. I found three wonderful new properties to add to the Andrew Harper Collection, and I raised the rating of a longtime recommendation that has ably kept pace with the competition. And in Umbria, a stunningly renovated castle has dramatically raised the bar of accommodations.
Videos can really capture the essence of a property, giving one a sense of the size and relationships among its various elements. I hope that you enjoy watching these clips of the new Belmond Castello di Casole, Il Borro and Castello di Velona in Tuscany; Borgo San Felice, recommended for decades; and the months-old Castello di Reschio in Umbria. After seeing them again, it requires all my willpower to keep myself from booking a return ticket to Italy for this weekend!