Valdarno Landscapes in Leonardo: a Chat with the Manger of Boutique Hotel Villa Belpoggio

When you hear the word “Tuscany”, the first things that probably come to mind are Florence, Pisa and Chianti. But few of you might have heard of the Valdarno, an idyllic area between Florence and Arezzo that has inspired artists for centuries, even the likes of the great Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci. My wife and I stayed at a charming boutique hotel, the Relais Villa Belpoggio in the Valdarno community of Loro Ciuffenna , perched on the slopes of the southern ridge of the Pratomagno. Our first morning I had a delightful chat with the Villa’s manager Maria Ventrone, and I told her...
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