Luxury hotel holiday Palazzo Leopoldo Tuscany

Palazzo Leopoldo is a 4-star hotel occupying an historic villa in the centre of Radda in Chianti. Regional Tuscan style is found in the 46 bedrooms and suites, furnished with cotto floors, wooden beams and elegant furniture. This boutique hotel has its own restaurant, serving regional dishes. A terrace where you can enjoy a drink has views over the Tuscan hills and vineyards in the distance.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Leopoldo, Radda in Chianti

Palazzo Leopoldo is a 4-star hotel in an excellent location in the centre of Radda. Original architectural features such as frescoes and cotto tiles offer a slice of Tuscan history in an excellent spot to explore wine country.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located in the historic centre of Radda

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Pisa Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is 1-hour and 45-minutes' drive from Pisa Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Le Perla del Palazzo Restaurant, Wine Bar, Outdoor Swimming Pool (at neighbouring hotel), Cooking Classes, Concierge, Terrace, Spa and Wellness Centre with Hydro Massage Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Treatment Rooms, Private Spa and Fitness Room.

Out and about nearby

The Chianti region is best-known for its wine, which can be tasted in a number of cellars and wineries in almost every village and town in the area. Perhaps stop off at Gaiole for a tasting session in the Castello di Brolio. You might also visit San Gimignano to see its many spires, Volterra to see its Etruscan architecture and Roman remains, or Monteriggioni to see its original Mediaeval walls. Further north, the city of Florence has a reputation for artistic grandeur that precedes it, and its former rival Siena offers a more subtle insight into Tuscan art and architecture. Perhaps also spend a day down by the Tuscan coast, which often gets overlooked in favour of the hilltop wine towns.

Sports nearby

Cycling, Walking, Tennis, and Golf. Excursions, Horse Riding, Bike Rental and Wine Tasting can be arranged.

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Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£890

Holiday Code EXH1062

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Leopoldo, Radda in Chianti

A traditional hotel set in the midst of the Chianti region of Tuscany, the four-star Palazzo Leopoldo is a property steeped in a romantic atmosphere that encourages guests to become acquainted with the heritage of their location. At the centre of the small town of Radda, the Palazzo Leopoldo is well-placed for exploring the area and going out to dine in the evenings. The building itself dates back to the 14th century, though has been renovated through the years, particularly in the recent addition of a new wing. The Palazzo Leopoldo's most opulent era was under the ownership of the Minucci family during the Renaissance. Today, the original frescoes, cotto tiles, and grand fireplaces hark back to this colourful history. Your days here begin with breakfast in the manor's kitchen, where you eat beneath the exposed beams and brick archways, alongside antique furnishings and terracotta surface tops. An in-keeping style is found throughout the rest of the hotel, with further arches, solid dark wood doors, and mahogany tables. In the evenings, dine at La Perla del Palazzo Restaurant, perhaps on the beautiful terrace that overlooks the vineyards and hills of Chianti. Here, wrought iron balustrades add a touch of Mediterranean style, while the white-clothed tables hint at a fine-dining experience. The cuisine is built around a local, traditional menu, comprised of home-made dishes and seasonal ingredients. Try the home-made pasta, the delicate vegetables, steak, and Italian desserts, alongside Chianti, Tuscan, and Italian wines. On the lowest level of the hotel is the Wellness Centre, which is housed in rooms with curved stone ceilings and without windows, which seem to invoke something of the property's ancient history, while creating a relaxing environment for enjoying the pool and massage treatments. An outdoor pool is available for hotel guests to use at L'Ultimo Mulino Hotel, just five minutes away. Many guests visit Chianti for its wines, enjoying tasting sessions in towns and villages such as Radda; at the Palazzo Leopoldo, however, you can also take part in cookery lessons, where you make traditional Tuscan dishes in the atmospheric kitchen. The classes are run by two sisters, Anita and Valentina, who grew up in the area. At the end of the lesson, guests can enjoy their creations for dinner. Retire to your guestroom afterwards, to relax and take in the classical style and warm, homely feel. The Palazzo Leopoldo is a fantastic hotel for those looking to get in touch with rural Tuscany and to delve deeper into the wines and cuisine of the area.

Room descriptions

Palazzo Leopoldo rooms have air-conditioning, television, WiFi, telephone, safe, minibar, laundry service, and hairdryer.

Classic Room
Superior Room
Deluxe Room
Junior Suite
Suite with spacious living area and kitchenette

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£890

Holiday Code EXH1062

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Leopoldo, Radda in Chianti

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Palazzo Leopoldo in Tuscany, our clients usually fly to Pisa or Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. We recommend the use of a hire-car for a stay at this hotel and we would include it in the price of holiday.

Additional information

Minimum stays: 3 nights minimum stay during Easter, on New year's Eve and the Eroica Festival (5 to 7 October).

Children: Infants under 3 years of age stay free in a cot or their parents' bed.

Special offers

Longer stay offer 2019 Stay 3 nights or more and receive a 10% reduction off our bed and breakfast rates. Valid for all seasons. Not combinable with other offers.

5 nights for the price of 4 Stay 5 nights and pay the price of 4 on our bed and breakfast rates. Valid for all seasons. Not combinable with other offers.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 5 nights

From about

£890

Holiday Code EXH1062

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Leopoldo, Radda in Chianti

About Tuscany

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Tuscany allows you to appreciate its classical landscape of rolling hills and vineyards dotted with olive and cypress trees, its misty green-grey mountains that are never too far distant, and hill-top towns of rich brown and gold stone houses. This combines with the beauty of the works of art contained in the towns and villages throughout Tuscany to create an inspirational union of the spirit and the senses. There is an intrinsic comfort in the supposed contrast between the delicacy of a Botticelli and the heartiness of Ribollita soup, yet both are typical of this fascinating region. As birthplace of the Renaissance, the impact of Tuscan and particularly Florentine traditions and culture on European heritage is fundamental to our way of life. In addition to the obvious attractions of the scenery of Chianti and the art cities of Florence and Siena, there are the less well-known regions south of Siena with its moon-like landscape of hills, the patchwork vineyards of Montalcino, the coastal marshlands of the Maremma, the spas of Montecatini and Saturnia, the islands of Elba and Giglio, and the Casentino with the source of the Arno and abundant mushroom crops. Wherever you travel on holiday in Tuscany, you will be inspired by the beauty of your surroundings and the way of life, which is quintessentially that of Italy too.

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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