Where To Holiday Like An Italian Grand Duke

Secluded and luxurious, historic Tuscan villa L'Andana Tenuta La Badiola is a holiday haven

What do you want from your summer holiday? Sunshine, obvs. Sybaritic surroundings. Superlative food. Service that is second to none. A swimming pool for the kids, luxurious spa for the significant other, somewhere to swing a golf club if the sunbathing gets too taxing.

Our favourite upscale Italian hideaway offers all this and more.

L’Andana is a spectacular Tuscan estate, once the summer home of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II of Lorraine. Clearly, Leo Two was a man of wealth and taste.

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What he didn’t have, at the turn of the 19th century, was any of the aforementioned amenities (spa, pool, kids club, etc). Neither, for that matter, did he have a restaurant owned and run by the French superchef Alain Ducasse, winner of a remarkable 33 Michelin stars.

Nearby is the chic seaside village Castiglione della Pescaia, built around a medieval fortress but, to be honest, you’ll visit it once, max, because once you arrive at L’Andana, there’s really no good reason to leave.

4 nights at L'Andana is available from £1,645 based on two people sharing including breakfast and BA economy flights with Sublime Travel (01753 653646, sublimetravel.co.uk). For more information on L’Andana, please visit andana.it

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