With just a Covid-19 negative test result required on arrival, Italy is very much a viable destination for UK travellers in 2020. In fact, Villa La Massa in Tuscany is more ready to receive guests than ever, having used the pandemic’s quiet period to make guest experience improvements
I’d heard rumours of the pici cacio e pepe of its motherland being a dish to die for, but after one mouthful of the pasta at Villa La Massa’s poolside bistro L’Oliveto, I was prepared to die, come back to life, and die again. A day later, this Italian bolthole’s main restaurant Il Verrocchio served up a traditionally Tuscan bistecca alla Fiorentina that’s made its way to the top of my “best steaks of all time” list.
Big claims? I know, even I’m surprised. The sommelier’s recommendations of Tuscan wines paired perfectly with my chosen dishes and left me in an even happier holiday haze than I had been in previously.