Cignella is such a perfect place for your honeymoon. Nestled in the ravishing Tuscan countryside The Cignella Estate is a collection of luxury 4 star villas and apartments that have been lovingly renovated from their former use as a traditional Tuscan farm.
Cignella enjoys incredible panoramic views across the Tuscan landscape, which is just aching to be explored and enjoyed. The spacious and airy villas and apartments now offer contemporary and extremely comfortable accommodation, with the apartments offering furnished terraces for alfresco dining.
Cignella’s grounds include an inviting pool surrounded by sun loungers and a vast landscaped garden. Continuing in relaxation mode Cignella’s staff can arrange massage treatments for guests in their room. Choose from a range of Ayurveda treatments as well as a couples massages to help you balance and relax your mind and body. Doesn’t that sound lush?
If you can tear yourself away from all the rest and relaxation, Cignella is perfectly located to explore beautiful medieval hill-top towns and historic villages while the world famous cities of Florence, Perugia and Siena are only a short drive away.
Did we mention the gourmet cuisine for which the region is famous? Sample exquisite Pecorino cheeses, unrivalled olive oils and exceptional wine from local family run wineries. Pick up a bottle or two, add whatever local fayre you choose and feast on your private terrace, bliss.
For the more active, walkers can enjoy the mountain footpaths and cyclists can hire bikes and explore the rolling hills.
Wow, please form an orderly queue and take us there now. But first we’ll let owner Beth tempt you with you even more of Cignella’s delights.
How long have you owned Cignella, and what improvements have you made during this time?
We purchased Cignella just over 12 years ago, but we only opened the doors to our wonderful guests in 2013. When purchased it was originally a Tuscan farm and so the Cignella you see today has been lovingly renovated in the same footprint as the old farm, and with the original farmhouse still standing.
The roofs, rafters and beams have been skilfully restored using local materials and traditional techniques so that the appearance remains truly Tuscan.
During the renovation, we have emphasised our genuine interest in the style and design of Cignella; everything you see in the villas and apartments, including the furniture, paintings and soft furnishings, have been personally sourced by ourselves and our family, from outlets in the surrounding countryside.
Decorated in traditional Tuscan colours, we always try to remind ours guests of the Italian culture that has been present in this location for centuries.
Tell us more about the accommodation you offer
At Cignella we have 9 villas and 4 apartments, varying from 2 to 3 bedrooms. All of our accommodation offer a bright and airy living space, a wonderful kitchen with quality appliances and cosy, comfortable and spacious bedrooms.
Each villa and apartment are open plan allowing the kitchen and lounge to be at the centre of the activity. Each accommodation also provides a private terrace which offers an alternative space to relax, read a book or enjoy the stunning views of Tuscany with a glass of wine!
Why do you feel that Cignella makes an ideal honeymoon destination?
Cignella truly offers an idyllic destination for a honeymoon because it lies in the heart of Tuscany, where romance and excitement eternally lie but also offers an escape on the rolling hills for some irreplaceable alone time and stunning views. Perfect for your first Mr and Mrs holiday!
What are the top three local sights that you would recommend visiting?
Explore Chianti and sample traditional Tuscan wine – visit Donatella Cinelli Colombini for the perfect glass of wine, while overlooking the striking rolling hills and beautiful scenery.
Watch a sunset overlooking Piazzale Michelangelo – Follow the path to the top of the hill and become instantly mesmerised by the stupendous views that never fail to capture the heart.
Dip into the local, natural hot springs – luxuriate together in thermal waters at one of the many spas dotted throughout the region including Bagno Vignoni, San Filippo and Rapolano Terme.
Tuscany is a region famed for it’s fabulous food and wine, what are your particular gastronomic recommendations?
Like you said, Tuscany is known for its delicious cuisine; Il Ghibellino, in Cortona, offers a wonderful selection of traditional Tuscan food, exquisite wines and great deserts. Ristorante Muzzicone, in Castiglion Fiorentino, is famous for its wide selections of meats – especially their Fiorentina steak, which weighs from 1kg upward!
We also really enjoy La Rocca – our favourite item on the menu is their delicious bruschetta with vegetables, beans and extra virgin olive oil.
In addition to operating as a luxurious holiday and honeymoon destination, do you have any plans to host destination weddings?
We would love to host a wedding at Cignella. We are currently in the process of adding a number of facilities to the complex so watch this space!
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