Behind the Facade, at a trio of Italian Hotels, the historic buildings reveal a new attitude.
While keeping the exteriors of these original properties intact, architects have cleverly paid homage to the country's reputation for cutting edge interior design - and mix the works.Tuscany
Paolo Kastelec, Philip Robinson and Simon Carey have renovated the Villa Fontelunga, a 100 year old padronale (literally, "masters house"), giving it a contemporary twist. Inside the warm terracotta building , nine bedrooms are furnished with Philippe Starck and Arne Jacobsen in lieu of the usual rustic-antique pieces. Tuscan feasts are presented out-doors, under huge white umbrellas that look onto the olive groves and medieval Cortona in the distance. Run like private house parties these dinners are wonderful when Paolo's mother, Ines, is in residence. The Villa even has an honor bar, so you can take whatever you like from the kitchen and enjoy a tipple by the mosaic tie pool.