Locanda Al Colle: House of an art lover in the heart of Tuscany
Locanda al Colle is perched above the sweeping Tuscan landscape. An atmosphere of calm serenity reigns in this former farmhouse dating back to 1715. The Locanda al Colle seamlessly melds the comforts of a luxury hotel with the intimacy and charm of a traditional rustic inn.
Typical hotel features such as a reception desk and room service or televisions are noticeably absent. You are instead invited to contemplate the artworks or the sweeping coastal views. Take a look at the private collection of Modern Art adorning the walls, admire the careful nooks of art dispersed throughout the property. You may prefer drifting dreamily from the saltwater pool to the shady, lavender-scented terrace. The on-site chef invites you to eat family-style meals on the long candlelit dinner table.
Watching the sunset from one of the rooms’ private terraces is truly something to behold and perfectly punctuated by a glass of cold Prosecco.
What we liked the most
- Relaxing at the bubbling whirlpool jacuzzi
- Watching the sunset from the Aurora suite’s terrace next to the exterior fireplace
- Talking to Riccardo about his private art collection in the cosy lounge
- Learning to prepare Tuscan food at the Locanda’s weekly cooking class
Each room at Locanda al Colle is an individual sanctuary of style and comfort. Unique works of art feature on the walls and freshly-cut flowers are arranged in vases, tinting the air with their heavenly scent. The rooms all have a distinct character, each overlooking the breath-taking surrounding landscape, with some boasting magnificent panoramic terraces.
Resplendent in shades of brushed gold, the bed lies under the white-washed vaulted ceiling beams. Relax and unwind in the soft grey bathroom with its powerful rainfall shower. The perfect nest for a couple or individual traveller.
Whether relaxing with a book on the vintage armchairs in Cipresso or delighting in the stylish grey and red colour palette of Colletto, you’ll easily find a moment of peace looking onto the lush green of the hilltops or the rugged coastline. Noce sets the scene for nights of deep sleep in soothing tones of lilac and ochre and Olivo is warm and welcoming in shades of orange and crimson.
The Giardino’s aesthetic contrasts a stone palette in the bedroom with crushed burgundy in the bathroom. Open the doors to the outdoor terrace, comprising a comfortable seating area and glowing in the lush greenery of the garden. At night, fall asleep in the sumptuous bed with silky-soft sheets.
In the Aurora and the Collina, the terraces comprise an outdoor fireplace and a daybed while in the Mare room, French doors give on to a patio with elegant wrought-iron furniture. In the Collina ensuite, gaze at the stars from the skylight placed above the tub and in Aurora, let shades of pearl soothe your soul as you unwind. Meanwhile, the Mare ensuite glows in the light filtering through the trees visible from the windows.
Peeling back the light curtains of the four-poster, you can hear the morning breeze dance through the leaves of the bougainvillaea outside. The Alba suite is romantic in tones of velvety cream. A sophisticated mahogany table and chairs take pride in place in the centre of the suite and outside, the shady private terrace leads on to the Locanda’s garden.
Careful distribution of space lends a tranquil atmosphere to the suites. Colle features a four-poster draped in cream sheets, a lounge area with fireplace, two ensuites and an outdoor seating area, over which pergola arches elegantly. In Tramonto, the walls and furnishings are highlighted by shades of sage and olive featuring an indoor living room and a light, bright private terrace, this suite is a comfortable and stylish sanctuary.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
Breakfast at Locanda al Colle is worth waking up for. As well as an abundant array of buttery pastries and fresh bread (all homemade), just-squeezed juices and local cheeses and yoghurts, the chef tends to rustle up some magnificent surprise every morning: from raspberry cheesecake to velvety mushroom pastry. Eaten on the terrace in clement weather or at the kitchen on colder mornings, breakfast is naturally accompanied by that signature of Italian mornings: hot, fragrant espresso.
Al Colle Restaurant
The kitchen at Locanda al Colle is the beating heart of the building, where guests enjoy simple fare such as home-made pasta brightened with fresh locally-sourced vegetables. The meals are a product of charming chef Gian Luca’s whims and creativity, from innovative twists on local classics to near-forgotten regional recipes. Locanda al Colle serves light lunches daily and dinner three times a week. On Mondays, dinner is a relaxed, tapas-style affair while on Wednesday the dishes are meat-based and on Friday, inspiration comes from the ocean.
Focus on sustainability
Olive Tree is often a symbol of success, as sustainability seems embedded into the property’s identity and DNA.
- Housed in an ancient rustic building, Locanda Al Colle combines the original climate optimization choices – such as orientation and stone walls – with modern techniques. of insulation. Moreover, the stylish interior induced many vintage, recycled and refurbished furniture.
- During your stay, you can notice Locanda’s sustainable engagement with many services and products such as the bottled water in their bedroom’s fridge (as plastic bottles are banned), eco-friendly amenities. You would also appreciate the exclusive use of organic and local products in the food offering.
- Locanda Al Colle promotes the experience of the destination and local culture, offering trekking tours, wine-tasting sessions, and more.
Explore the location
Located ideally between coastline and rolling hills, Locanda al Colle allows for myriad opportunities to explore the region. From the iconic city of Florence just one hour away and Pisa with its airport even closer at 30 minutes, city-breakers can easily get their fix. For small-town lovers there are the charming Tuscan towns of Pietrasanta, famed for its sculpture and Lucca, birthplace of Puccini.
Close to the Locanda, the beaches of seaside resort Forte dei Marmi are just a 10 minute drive away. Nature-lovers can roam the mountains and even go as far as the legendary Cinque Terre for some gorgeous hikes.