The Houses,
their beauty
and our Italian summer

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Paola Dubini:
the magic of Slow Tourism

"To regain possession of our senses as a source of knowledge, train our gaze to stop on details, return to places to find a memory or to open up to new suggestions"

Paola Dubini
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helps us reflect on the importance of Slow Tourism, get yourself inspired.

"This year brings new meanings to many words: slow tourism was considered a boring, marginal activity.

In reality, it has always been an accessible privilege to be able to linger in a place, regain possession of our senses as a source of knowledge, train our gaze to stop on details, return to places to find a memory or to open up to new suggestions.
And this attitude, with the pandemic, has ceased to be considered "snobbish", but has become practice for many, crossing generations.
I believe that in these months many of us have been pleasantly surprised by the discovery of magical, interesting or pleasant places just a step away from home, or have been able to rediscover family homes and their stories that have given meaning to territories and communities. Even the word tourism itself has changed meaning: with a greatly reduced mobility, the neighborhood has become the unit of space and therefore the city has also appeared as a destination, in which the individual monuments have returned to appear in their majesty..."


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An elegant historical residence surrounded by acres of unspoiled nature: Borgo Sant'Ambrogio is an excellent accommodation facility that stands in a privileged position for beauty, history and culture. In the heart of Tuscany, nestled between the Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia, the property consists of an estate, of which an organic farm is an integral part, and a large resort for hospitality and the organization of events and ceremonies.
The elevated position of the property guarantees an enchanting view of the lake and on the green spaces of the Nature Reserve, which embraces the estate ensuring privacy and peace.
The resort is built around a large central square, paved with stones and grass, with its six spacious apartments, the reception with wine cellar and corner of local products, a bright room for meetings and events, the charming restaurant with vaulted ceiling, the swimming pool and a small chapel.
Borgo Sant'Ambrogio has belonged to the same family for three generations. Over the decades, they have cultivated a philosophy of closeness to nature and enhancement of its resources, combined with a deep sense of human and professional hospitality.
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Borgo Sant’Ambrogio will give unforgettable experiences to its guests and will allow them to enjoy the beauty and fun of the area during their stay:
– Excursions
– Bike tours
– Horse riding
– Food, wine and oil tours and tasting courses

In addition, Borgo Sant'Ambrogio is able to host ceremonies for a dream wedding: the location boasts many environments on which to project desires.
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Masseria Spina Resort is one of the oldest historic residences in Puglia, with a long and fascinating history that began in the eleventh century. Every detail of the resort unites nature, history and tradition harmoniously.
At Masseria Spina, guests have the possibility to experience the magic of an Apulian masseria by spending the night in one of the historical residences located inside the monumental complex of the Fortified Masseria Spina, surrounded by olive groves and facing the sea.
Not only sea and nature, but also enogastronomical tours, Apulian cooking classes with tasting, pizzica dance lessons, restoration workshops and much more.
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For friends of Le Dimore del Quartetto 15% discount
Overnight stay for 2 people, breakfast, guided tour with oil, wines and local products tasting, pasta workshop, dinner at the Masseria's restaurant
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Anyone who comes to Almenno San Salvatore for the first time falls in love with the place and comes back.
Villa Vitalba is a large historic house of the eighteenth century.

Perfect for families or groups who love spending their vacations in the countryside, the house hosts only one group at a time, which will enjoy the exclusive use of all the spaces.

On the ground floor, a large veranda welcomes the guests in every season. The billiards room has in it a great library, and the historic frescoed rooms maintain their unchanged charm. The spacious kitchen with its large oval table and cupboards made of walnut wood, allow people to enjoy the warmth and authenticity of a home that is still lived with love and enthusiasm by its owners.
You will feel at home!
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Moreover, in the Villa's large kitchen, the Milanese Chef and great friend of the family, Benedetta Manetti, organizes beautiful Italian DOC cooking classes for groups of up to 12 people. It is an unforgettable and fun experience that combines the useful with the enjoyable and that transports participants into an atmosphere of times gone by.

In the same property, it is located the beautiful Convent of San Nicola, which is surrounded by vineyards. It is a sixteenth-century estate composed by the church of San Nicola, the cloister and the Lurani Cernuschi winery, where it is possible to taste and buy the wine made with local grapes.
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Villa di Cosona is situated in the countryside near Pienza, on a hilltop between Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi – a Unesco heritage territory – offering a timeless panorama as far as the eye can see.
The master building, restored to its present state at the beginning of the 1900s by the Sienese architect Arturo Viligiardi, until the seventies it was based on the ancient system of sharecropping, and was the center of a community of about three hundred people, with the parish church and the school. Famous were the peasant dance parties, which attracted participants from neighboring areas.
In 1996 some glimpses of Cosona were immortalized in the film The English Patient by Anthony Minghella, winner of 9 Oscars.

Villa Cosona is also a farmhouse that has 7 independent apartments, for a total of 33 beds, equipped with kitchen and outdoor spaces in the green.
Pienza (2,000 inhabitants, located in Val d'Orcia, in the province of Siena) maintains the identity of an ideal city, on a human scale. An ancient Etruscan village, called Corsignano since Roman times, it is mentioned in a novella by Boccaccio.
Ilaria Bichi Ruspoli, owner of Villa Cosona and tour guide by profession, offers guided tours throughout the province of Siena and in particular in the five towns of the Val d'Orcia and Montepulciano. She will take you to discover the lands where she was born and where she lives, their history, art, food and wine products.
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A paradise for landscape, culture, food and wine lovers

The agritourism Il Rigo was born in 1990 in the farm houses and lands that have belonged to our family for nine generations. It is open to all travelers who wish to discover an authentic Tuscan dimension, made of respect for the land, for its historical culture and for its traditions.
The inn is furnished as a house, reusing the old furniture of the farm, some of which are real antiques. From all of our rooms you can enjoy a priceless view on the Tuscan hills, The sight hugs Val d’Orcia, from the nerby Pienza up to Radicofani, an invite to spend your stay unhurried, a little out of the world but a few kilometers away from little art cities, renowned wineries and nature trails.
Il Rigo offers its guests breakfast and dinner, prepared using vegetables from our biologic garden, stone-ground flours and local and seasonal products. Il Rigo is an organic farm, does not use pesticide and herbicides on the 300 hectares of the farm, thus granting biodiversity and the survival of may inhabitants of this ecosystem, such as bees, fireflies, birds, frogs and small mammals.
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Among vineyards, olive trees and oak woods, an oasis of solitude and tranquility, away from the crowds but with easy access to stores, transport and public transport, and the many cultural assets of the region.
The house was buit in the eighteenth century and has been renovated with the utmost attention to quality and the original atmosphere of the typical Umbrian farmhouse, with exposed beams and a large fireplace.
The farmhouse welcomes international guests offering an oasis of tranquility and an ideal base to explore one of the richest cultural regions of the world.
It can accommodate up to 12 people in 3 suites and 2 double rooms, all with private bathroom, located on the second floor.
Around the house a garden offers quiet and shady corners, a large paved area ideal for children's games and an old shed where you can dine, read or take a nap in complete comfort.
Guests of Podere Marella can also enjoy a private tennis court and an infinity pool.
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A few hundred meters away from the house there is a small natural lake that is a true paradise for fishermen. If you are a fishing enthusiast, make sure to bring your own gear!

The region is among the richest in the world in terms of cultural and natural heritage, and offers countless attractions for every field of interest - from art history to shopping, from wine tasting to cycling, sightseeing, gastronomy, music and photography.
Most destinations are within a short distance from the farm.
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The unexpected is the detail that transforms the excellence of Lake Como in an unforgettable vacation

When you choose a vacation in Italy, on Lake Como, in a Luxury or charming structure like Lario Hotels, you expect everything for which Lake Como and its surroundings are famous. A lush nature made of green, a lot of green, but also blue, water and sky. And very high mountains, overlooking all that blue. The culture, the architecture, the tradition, the art. The cuisine, so Italian, yet so close to the rest of Europe.


Villa Flori, a 4 star luxury hotel, likes to reveal itself only to those who enter the park. It likes to show itself in all its elegance, with original furniture, stucco, floral frescoes, wooden floors, boiserie on the walls, and then, surprise again with modern details.

The story of Villa Flori begins in 1859, when the Marquis Giorgio Raimondi, decided to enlarge a pre-existing villa to gift it to his daughter Guseppina Garibaldi for her wedding with Giuseppe Garibaldi.
While Giuseppe Garibaldi felt in love with the girl since their first encounter, it appears that the young lady did not correspond his love, preferring one of his officers.
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After an intense correspondence, on January 24th 1860, the wedding was celebrated, but it was shortly after annulled because the young Marquise decided to follow her heart. It might be for this reason that in the hotel you can still feel a romantic XIX century atmosphere.

To the Raimondi family is dedicate in tribute the restaurant that still carries their name, that features a large interior room with a view and a terrace on the lake, from which you can admire a romantic panorama. There are many other spaces with a lakeview, in addition of course to the rooms with a private terrace, from the conference and events rooms, to the Lounge Bar with a terrace, on the first floor.
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Built in 1900 by architect Italo Zanolini to celebrate the centenary of the first electric battery, an invention of Alessandro Volta, the name Terminus recalls its original function as the "thermal spa" of the nearby Grand Hotel Plinius.
The lobby of the hotel preserves intact the luxury and elegance of the Belle Epoque, with its spectacular loggia and furnishings in pure Art Nouveau style, the cast iron railings and lamps, the delicate stucco on the walls, the quiet paintings of the Lombard twentieth century.

Perfectly located in the city center, two minutes away from the Como Cathedral and just in front of the lake, Terminus is the ideal point of departure to visit the beauties of the city and to comfortably reach, by boat, the picturesque villages on the lake.
The splendid location is enriched by the Bar Delle Terme, a restaurant, as intimate in its interior room as it is spacious in its lakefront terrace, which offers a traditional Italian cuisine with some international touch, as well as an unforgettable view of the lake.
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COMO LAKE: in addition to enjoying the beauty of these places, there are a thousand things to do

Bike Tours. From the most experienced cyclists to the amateur ones, we organize guided tours to discover the beauties of the Como area, accompanied by an expert guide.

Boat Tours.
Como Lake must be seen from the lake. And what better way to explore the beauties of the lake than on a private boat?

Villas tour.
Como Lake is famous worldwide for its historic villas, surrounded by beautiful gardens, which overlook the shores of the lake.

Movie Tour.
Como Lake is a cinematic favorite. Its shores have been the set for over one hundred international films, from the Lumière Brothers to George Clooney, definitely the greatest testimonial of the lake in recent years.
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S/Y Sea Prince
Sea Prince is a custom luxury sailing yacht. Built in 1953 by the famous Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard and last refitted in 2017 she has been meticulously maintained.
Since the beginning, Sea Prince reflected the latest theories in design and these qualities have endured with time. Many of the beautiful deck and interior fittings are original and the greatest care has been taken to keep most of the original parts of the yacht. She is 25,24 meters and has refined and luxurious interiors and superb wood paneling creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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There is unusually large accommodation for up to 8 guests with 4 comfortable double cabins. Dining is al fresco on the covered and spacious cockpit. For sun lovers the sun deck offers huge sun pads and is ideal for relaxation. This elegant and classic yacht will enchant family and friends as you take a vacation like none other. For an exclusive and truly unique charter the historic Sea Prince offers an unforgettable cruise in the West Mediterranean.
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During your vacations, take the opportunity to relax and dedicate yourself to some interesting reading. We recommend "Complice la notte" (available in Italian only), a novel written by the journalist and writer Giuseppina Manin, authoritative signature of the Entertainment and Culture pages of the Corriere della sera and a great supporter of Le Dimore del Quartetto since ever.
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"It happens at night. A night in early March 1953. The rustle of the needle digs into the groove of a spinning record. One would think that the man lying on the couch was asleep if it weren't for his inert hand, stretched out towards the floor almost as if looking for support. In the dacha of Kuntsevo, a handful of kilometers from Moscow, inside a forest of oaks and pines, maples and birches, all is silence now. The snow falls without respite, covering every noise except that insistent rubbing on the shellac of the 78 rpm record, Mélodyia editions, listened to so many nights, and even that last one. Mozart, who knows by what secret ways, had managed to reach the dark area of the soul of Iosif Vissarionovič Džugašvili, aka Stalin, to the point of bringing him to tears. But it was not only the music that upset him. It was who was performing it: pianist Marija Judina..."
Hoping to have given you some useful hints to organize your summer among beauty, history, art and nature, we remind you that all the proposals of Prodotti e Atmosfere are collected in a dedicated page
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