Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 110

Not to jinx it, but turning
80 looks pretty fantastic
in Tuscany.

The farmhouses on Belmond Castello di
Casole's estate let guests spread out in
three- to ten-bedroom manors on cultivated
lots of 100 to 160 acres. The 41-suite hotel
occupies the former castle of the noble
eighteenth-century Bargagli family of Siena.
Four-bedroom farmhouse rentals from
$1,650, including breakfast daily at the hotel
and a pizza-making class, winetasting, or
language class for two.

Borgo Pignano's
pool view.

a real medieval sword planted in a stone that some believe was the
inspiration for the Excalibur tale.
The nonne's "big deal" birthday lunch is just as legendary. In the
garden courtyard at the Borgo's Michelin-starred restaurant, Meo
Modo, the eight of us toast the good fortune of being together as a
family on a doubly joyous occasion. The grandmothers open presents between ten courses of modernist Tuscan cuisine - asparagus
risotto with licorice and mint; lamb with green peas and hay; a giant
birthday cake inscribed with Buon Compleanno!
On the ride home, I'm touched by how grateful the nonne are for
a week they both describe as the trip of a lifetime, and it's hard not
to agree. The afternoon sun casts long shadows on those Tuscan
cypress, and the mountain vistas are straight out of a Renaissance
painting. Not that I'm taking my eyes off the road.
"Let's enjoy the view," my mother-in-law says. "Yeah," adds my
mother, "except for the driver."

Tip
"Tuscan estate hotels are wonderful for families. They offer a variety of multiroom accommodation options, including stand-alone
villas, which provide independence and home-away-from-home
space, paired with extensive services. These full-hotel perks range
from a variety of dining outlets and expansive spa facilities to onsite family-focused, structured activities and programming."
- Amie O'Shaughnessy, Virtuoso travel agency owner, San Francisco

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V I RT U O S O L I F E

Borgo Pignano's one- to ten-bedroom
maisonettes, cottages, and farmhouse, with
their private terraces and country views,
are close enough to the 14-room main villa
and restaurant for guests to enjoy traditional hotel pampering, yet far enough to
guarantee seclusion. Cottages from $630,
including breakfast daily at the villa and a
$100 resort credit.

Borgo Santo
Pietro's gardens.

Former Danish fashion designer Jeanette
Thottrup and her husband, Claus, turned
a lumbering thirteenth-century estate into
one of Tuscany's most polished and alluring
country hotels. With storybook gardens, a
working organic farm and vineyard, and the
new two-suite Casa dei Fiori Bianchi pool
house villa, 20-room Borgo Santo Pietro is
a haven of tranquility and fine dining. Pool
house villa from $7,439, including breakfast
daily at the hotel and a $100 spa credit.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018

Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Reports
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Interview
On the Table
Style & Design
Out & About
Well Traveled
Port of Call
In My Bag
Beyond the Bed
Family-Style Italian
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Person
Point of View
Need to Know
Souvenir
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Intro
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Cover2
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 1
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 2
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 3
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 4
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 5
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 6
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 7
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Contents
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 9
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 10
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 11
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 13
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 14
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 15
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Contributors
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 17
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 18
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 19
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 21
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Virtuoso Reports
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 23
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 24
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 30
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Passport
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 32
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 33
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 34
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Bon Voyage
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 45
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Suite Talk
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 47
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 48
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 49
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 53
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Inspired By
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 55
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 56
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 57
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - City to Go
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 59
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Interview
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 61
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - On the Table
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 63
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 64
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 65
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 66
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 67
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Style & Design
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 69
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 70
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 71
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 72
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 73
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Out & About
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 75
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 76
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 77
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Well Traveled
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 79
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 80
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 81
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Port of Call
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 83
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 84
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 85
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 86
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 87
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - In My Bag
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 89
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 90
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Beyond the Bed
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 92
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 93
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 94
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 95
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 96
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 102
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 103
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Family-Style Italian
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 106
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 107
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 108
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 109
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 110
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 111
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Bohemian Rhapsody
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 113
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 114
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 115
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 116
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 117
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 118
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 119
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - First Person
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 121
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 122
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 123
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Point of View
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 125
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Need to Know
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 127
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 128
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 129
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Souvenir
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