In this tranquil model of slow tourism you dip straight into a rural idyll. An alluring spring-fed swimming pool is located next to an enviable veggie garden; apartments sleep between two and four (some have private terraces) and rooms have a heritage feel. Gourmet dinners (per person €30 including wine) are served in a former 12th-century chapel.
Walking, biking and hands-on olive-oil production opportunities are available, as are cooking classes given by chef Jeta (per person €100 including dinner and wine). It's set on an olive farm some 3km outside Volterra and accessed via a narrow, almost hidden road that is signed off the SS68 (right-hand-side) as you drive up to the town from the direction of Siena, Florence and San Gimignano. Staff are happy to drop or pick up guests from a bus stop a short distance away, making trips to and from town easy.