Journeying to a luxe Tuscany villa is adventure enough for many—but, if you’re like us, you seek to punctuate each vacation with a few never-before, unlikely escapades (the kind that make a vacation into a once-in-a-lifetime-like memory). While there are scads of activities to enjoy while lounging about your hotel suite or Italian villa at Casali di Casole - A Timbers Resort, here are six of our suggested picks.
1. Ease into Vacation Mode
There's no better way to unleash your spirit and seep into relaxation mode than kicking off your stay with an in-villa massage tendered by a certified massage therapist. Choose from classic, deep-tissue and the destination-specific Tuscan aromatherapy massage. Reserve your treatment in advance to ensure you can unspool your travel-fatigued muscles on arrival. Ahh, Bellisimo!
2. Create Your Masterpiece
Slosh all that countryside-inspired awe you’re feeling around with a rainbow of paints on blank canvases. During a two-hour class, either in-residence or amidst your outdoor garden, learn core watercolor techniques from an instructor who brings along art supplies. (Which also includes water color painting with wine - as in paintbrushes dipped in a wine and water mixture.)
3. Enjoy a Bird's Eye View
For those who enjoy packing at least one fear-inducing, awe-inspiring adventure into every trip, the concierges can suggest an array of options to consider. One such recommendation would be an aerial tour of Tuscany, taking flight at dawn aboard a hot air balloon overlooking the patchwork of vineyards and hilly countryside. Relish the spectacular views of fertile Tuscan terrain while soaring amid the clouds. (File under "Things That Make You Say Wow.")
4. Give Farm-Fresh New Meaning
Located just 20 minutes from the property, the lush, organic farm named Podere Paugnano produces Pecorino cheese, olive oil and fresh veggies. The shepherd-owners will graciously welcome you to their home and gardens - just bring your appetite and willingness to spontaneously taste-test. Better yet, request the light terrace lunch prepared by your gracious hostess, Giovanna. (As the hosts don't speak English, the concierges can arrange an Italian- and English-speaking tour guide to serve as translator by your side.)
5. Carve Your Niche
Using a local artisan's tools and know-how, create your own woodworking piece of art in nearby Colle Val d'Elsa at a woodcarving workshop. Handmade never felt so meaningful.
6. Sail Away
See the beauty of Florence on a boat trip down the Arno River. You'll climb aboard at Ponte delle Grazie and travel downriver to Ponte della Carraia. The open, small vessel is ideal for evening summer tours setting sail around 5 p.m. Buon Viaggio!
To learn more about ownership opportunities at Casali di Casole, please contact us at 866.963.5005 (toll free in the US) or via email at [email protected]. For availability and reservations at Hotel Casali di Casole, please contact us at 888.927.2580 (toll free in the US) or +39.0577.961501 (in Europe) or via email at [email protected].