THE SUNDAY TIMES
palazzi and that classic Tuscan farmhouse:
Newsom picks the perfect Italian pads
'....Finding a place to self-cater in Italy is rarely a problem —
the challenge is picking somewhere that justifies the eye-watering
price. We’ve found the best of the more sane options, and tracked
down the luxury stays that are really worth the cash.'
near Lucca, Tuscany
manner of sallies can be mounted from Podere Consani. A recent
restoration of two cottages, set in the gardens of the larger house,
it sits on a sunny plateau just 15 minutes’ drive from Lucca and 30
minutes from the coast. But your inclination to explore is going to
be severely dented by your surroundings, which include lemon trees,
lavender and a large shared pool. There’s a working stable here,
too, as well as footpaths into the Apuan Alps.'