Discover Secret Tuscany at Asilo Masi with Countess Cristina Gotti Lega’s Story Telling
16 Sep 2015
- Uncover local traditions including truffle hunting and cheese making
- 18th-century Asilo Masi in central Tuscany is a unique luxury home in the village of Capannoli
- Enjoy local Tuscan food and embark on Tuscan Cookery Classes with the Countess owner
- Explore surrounding picturesque villages including Lajatico home to famous Teatro del Silenzio
Surrounded by the stunning Tuscan countryside, historic private residence Asilo Masi is a unique destination celebrating elegant Tuscan living with an equally unique hostess; Countess Cristina Gotti Lega. Tuscans have a huge love of food, wine and art – they truly live ‘la dolce vita’. And Asilo Masi, an eight bedroom private residence-turned very boutique hotel, is run by the vivacious and warm-hearted Countess Cristina Gotti Lega who treats all guests like family. Her little black book of discoveries is open to all who stay at Asilo Masi and guests can select experiences, created exclusively to complement what they want to see and taste. Asilo Masi started taking in private guests in 2005 but only launched as a boutique hotel in late 2013.
The small village of Capannoli in central Tuscany, where Asilo Masi is located, has held onto tradition and has a close-knit community feel, it is a great base to head further into Tuscany. Home to eight bedrooms, each have king sized beds, traditional furniture and a mixture of classic and modern paintings and art. The lounge areas are designed for ultimate relaxation with a genuine home-from-home feel, or as Tuscans call it ‘casa dolce casa’. The Countess used 54 shades of colour to decorate Asilo Masi, all inspired by the Tuscan countryside she has grown up and lived in.
Dining at Asilo Masi is a special experience and all guests dine together in the Dining Room, often hosted by the Countess. This is not your average hotel dining room. Following an aperitivo, a Tuscan dinner over candlelight is served paired with local Tuscan wines. Guests can select from two menus: Asilo Dinner €60 per person including four courses, house wines, water and coffee or the Val D’Era Menu €80 per person, a five course dinner of Tuscan specialities also including house wines and coffee. The Countess offers local stories about what to discover in Tuscany, her inspiration for Asilo Masi and she opens up her little black book to offer introductions to secret Tuscany that tourists would otherwise not see.
By day the gardens are the perfect sun-trap and a dip in the Jacuzzi small pool is ideal, whilst in the evening, a nightcap from the honesty bar can be enjoyed under the stars. Explore the fig trees, olive trees or say hello to the four friendly cats owned by the Countess. Indoors, two lounges are open throughout the day with vast collections of art both local and international including plenty of modern art. Guests feel they are in a gallery with so much to see. A vast library of books on subjects including art, history and travel are all available for guests to enjoy as are a strong variety of original art gallery catalogues. The Countess is a keen art and interiors collector and fan. To complement all this, several Italian drinks are available to enjoy from the honesty bar.
Tuscany has been the backdrop for many famous novels, poetry and films. Story telling is very much at the heart of Asilo Masi and Countess Cristina Gotti Lega’s family has a rich Tuscan history dating back to the 10th century. At Asilo Masi guests get to take part in a real Tuscan adventure whether it’s discovering local art and architecture, sampling Tuscan cuisine or exploring the beautiful rural countryside. Guests staying for two to three days can explore these areas in central Tuscany with an introduction from the Countess:
• Lajatico (around 15 mins drive) with stunning Tuscan views and Teatro del Silenzio are a must visit. http://www.teatrodelsilenzio.it The Countess grew up in this town and guests will also see a statue of her grandfather here!
• L‘Azienda agricola biodinamica “L’Avvenire“ (around 30 mins drive) a family farm with an interesting story of setting up on their own, following their dream in 1990 and producing their own cheese and wine. Rustic and inspiring but don’t expect an all singing and dancing chic retreat. http://www.aziendaagricolalavvenire.it
• Truffles and The Savini family dating back to the 1920’s (around 10 mins drive) – experts in truffle hunting and truffle products exported globally. Visit and meet the family and then return to Asilo Masi to cook. http://www.savinitartufi.it
• Cheese in the basement, cheese over the counter on the ground floor and cheese and more at the restaurant on the first floor. Formaggi della Famiglia BUSTI (around 20 mins drive) is a must visit for cheese fans. The BUSTI brand is exported globally representing the finest Tuscan cheese. http://www.caseificiobusti.it/
• Volterra – medieval town (around 45 mins drive) filled with history and with a sense of stepping back in time.
Tuscany invites visitors to enjoy a more relaxed pace and way of life, appreciate food traditions and value the Slow Food concept, evident everywhere in this part of Italy. Slow Food celebrates the origin of the produce, sustainable development and organic farming. Asilo Masi run one-on-one cookery workshops incorporating meat, game, fish, vegetables and pulses – the idea is to learn how to prepare a simple dish that is in season. Traditional Italian food is loved the world over so guests will leave with a new skill to impress friends and family back home. The workshops last two hours and include either lunch or dinner depending on the time of day, the price is subject to chosen ingredients and length of time, this can be organised at Asilo Masi with the Countess.
Asilo Masi has helped many visitors fall in love with the Tuscan lifestyle including, celebrities such as Sharon Stone, who find solitude in, and around, this very traditional village. The intimate scale of the boutique hotel, and its enchanting owner, mean visitors get a real sense of culture at Asilo Masi. Guests leave this beautiful home-from-home wanting to return soon and filled with stories to share.
www.asilomasi.com Piazza San Bartolomeo, 4, 56033 Capannoli – PISA, TOSCANA – Italy, T +39 0587 607464
Accommodation, breakfast and use of the open honesty bar is priced from €280.00 per night based on two guests
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Pisa Airport is 30 minutes drive from Asilo Masi
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