The Artist Residency Program at Villa Lena, Tuscany

The Italian escape welcomes creatives for two-month stays

For anyone who dreams of Tuscany’s majesty, there’s nothing quite like Villa Lena—an isolated 1,200 acre hilltop destination, anchored by an 18th century villa-turned-hotel. Views extend across the countryside, offering woodlands and olive groves for miles. For guests, there is an array of rental options—from guest rooms to apartments in a converted stable and entire houses. A pool sits atop one of the highest points …

Exploring the Grounds of Sting’s il Palagio Tuscan Estate

Sprawling vineyards, manicured gardens and lush forests envelop the 16th century villa

Set near the town of Figline Valdarno—an hour outside of Florence in the Tuscan hillsides—il Palagio embodies every wonder of the region: panoramic vistas of the green and golden countryside and a 16th century villa rooted in history. The 350 hectare (almost 900 acre) estate also happens to host a small recording studio and the wine production center for il Palagio wines—and all of it …

Mercato Centrale, Florence

From tripe sandwiches and pizza to €3,000 truffles, this recently expanded Italian food hall has something for any culinary enthusiast

by Ananda Pellerin When visitors walk through the sliding doors into Florence’s Mercato Centrale they are immediately hit by the earthy smell of truffles. The intoxicating scent is emanating from the Savini Tartufi counter, where they have (among other things) a giant white truffle at the “special price” of €3,000. Wandering a little deeper, the sights, sounds and delicious aromas of the newly constructed food …