An additional yarn from my friend who owned the villa near Mugello.
"Just below our house was a Medici ‘Casa di Cacchio’ or Hunting Lodge called ‘Poggio Bartoli’. A local contractor spent someone else’s fortune completely restoring it - using original 16th Century building and painting materials."
It was turned into a luxury B&B with gourmet dinners by arrangement with a local 5-Star restaurant. As my friend points out, the 'Surrey Set' who used to rent expensive villas in 'Chiantishire' kept the B&B and the restaurant in business - which could prove difficult to sustain in these days of Coronavirus.
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