Golf was brought to Italy in 1889 by the British community of Florence, when they built an 18-hole course just north of the city. Since then other magnificent courses have been created in and around the beautiful Chianti country:
UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club
Tucked away in the Mugello hills, in the town of Scarperia, just 25km from Florence, lies the top-quality golf course of UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club. Designed by architect Alvise Rossi Fioravanti and Florentine professional golfer Baldovino Dassù, welcome to one of the most prestigious courses in Italy. This 18-hole, 6,468-meter championship fairway is protected by the Apennine mountains so that players can enjoy the wonderful climate and stunning views all year round. Exciting golf can be found here for players of all levels.
Perched on top of a hillock surrounded by meadowland, the clubhouse is a perfect example of the futuristic or art deco school of architecture. The 18 holes circle the building and the stunning view from the huge terrace on the third floor is well-worth the climb. Designed by Cecil Blandford and Peter Gannon, the course blends effortlessly with the natural curves and contours of the sloping Chianti countryside. Winding through vines, olive trees, maritime pines and broom, this is not a long course but definitely a challenging one. Obstacles come in the guise of defiant bunkers, misleading slopes and tricky trees. Beauty and the Beast rolled into one.
Take a swing at the largest golf course in Tuscany. 27 holes await the most daring golfers. Breathtaking scenery and challenging fairways have something to offer both seasoned players and passionate beginners. The prestigious architects Rainer Preissmann and Wilfried Moroder have designed an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole suitable for all players. Beautifully embedded into the typical Tuscan countryside and situated 300 meters above sea level, the courses offer spectacular views over the hills of high Tuscany.
Explore the beautiful and complex wine region of Tuscany
Tuscany brings to mind some of the most famous appellations of Italy: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, to name but a few. The cities of Florence, Siena and Bolgheri, birthplace of the super Tuscans, are must sees when staying in Tuscany. This is the place of amazing wineries, Michelin-starred restaurants and luxurious resorts. You cannot just spend a few hours in Tuscany and taste a few wines. You have to wade into the culture, immerse yourself in the wines, inhale the aromas and flavours.
Among the many prestigious wineries there are to discover, Rocca di Frassinello will take you on a fascinating journey through time to a tasting of five wines, Tenuta di Biserno will lead you through an exclusive guided tour of its beautiful estate and Caiarossa will introduce you to the environmentally friendly world of biodynamics. A truly extraordinary Tuscan experience awaits you at Castello Banfi. Situated on the southern slopes of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, this prestigious resort offers gourmet food of the highest quality, luxurious rooms and suites and the expert advice of sommeliers in its Enoteca Wine Bar. Or you can escape to the luxury retreat at l’Andana, a 1200-acre private estate set in the heart of the Maremma countryside, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, La Trattoria Enrico Bartoli.
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