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Rustic: Monteverdi, Val d’Orcia, Italy

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If you’ve always fantasized about living in a medieval Tuscan town, Monteverdi is the hilltop retreat you’ve been waiting for. At just seven suites, the scale is decidedly intimate, with stylish farmhouse interiors by Roman designer Ilaria Miani, all neutral hues, rich textures, and whitewashed antique wood. And of course, you have the picturesque setting, in the tiniest of villages (population: 25), on one of the highest hills in the Val d’Orcia, recognized by UNESCO to be among the region’s most beautiful valleys. And thanks to a restoration by the owners—an Italian-American family who have taken a slow and steady approach to integrating the property into the town—it’s the kind of getaway that encourages hunkering down, even though the best of Tuscan wine-and-food country is just a short drive away. monteverdituscany.com. $$$

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Rustic: Monteverdi, Val d’Orcia, Italy

If you’ve always fantasized about living in a medieval Tuscan town, Monteverdi is the hilltop retreat you’ve been waiting for. At just seven suites, the scale is decidedly intimate, with stylish farmhouse interiors by Roman designer Ilaria Miani, all neutral hues, rich textures, and whitewashed antique wood. And of course, you have the picturesque setting, in the tiniest of villages (population: 25), on one of the highest hills in the Val d’Orcia, recognized by UNESCO to be among the region’s most beautiful valleys. And thanks to a restoration by the owners—an Italian-American family who have taken a slow and steady approach to integrating the property into the town—it’s the kind of getaway that encourages hunkering down, even though the best of Tuscan wine-and-food country is just a short drive away. monteverdituscany.com. $$$

Bernard Touillon/Courtesy of Monteverdi

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