Nestled among cypress trees in sun-drenched Tuscany is an Italian masterpiece. At the Borgo Santo Pietro, built from the ruins of a 13th-century villa, tranquillity reigns.

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Your only dilemma will be whether to sample the villa's sensual spa, float in the infinity pool, or wander the 13 acres of orchards and herb gardens that supply the restaurant.

Meo Modo serves simply exquisite dishes including wild boar ravioli with puree of carrot  and rocket. Over at the Treehouse Bar & Brasserie on Mondays, the hotel stages its own 'Farmers' Food Market', a relaxed and convivial dining experience with live bands.

More intimate is the Chef's Table in the kitchen, where you have your own personalised meal created. At dusk, grab a chaise longue in the Treehouse Bar and drink in the 180˚ view of the reddening Serene Valley as you sip the signature Borgo cocktail of champagne and white rum over fruit-flavoured granita. So this is what the Italians mean by la dolce vita…

WOW FACTOR: You're given a cordless phone on arrival so that you can order drinks wherever you are.  

GO: A room costs from £395 per night; www.borgosantopietro.com. British Airways (www.ba.com) one-way flights start at £42.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours, 15 minutes

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