I have always thought of Torre di Bellosguardo as a secret gem, a singular place untrammeled by the casual tourist, so I am a bit reluctant to reveal the secret, but in all fairness to the hotel I must sing its praises. I first visited the villa more than 25 years ago before it became a hotel, and many years later was thrilled at the prospect of staying there as a guest. I stayed with my wife and daughter in the spring of 2007, and then more recently by myself while on a business trip during the winter of 2013. It is situated in one of the most beautiful locations on earth, offering breathtaking panoramas in every direction. It is a remarkably fresh, quiet and peaceful setting, an escape from the whine of Vespas, the grimy streets and the mosquitoes of the teeming city just down the hill. The villa is surrounded by fragrant and lush gardens, and is home to an aviary and to several charming animals which are especially appealing to children. The staff is warm, gracious and welcoming: the gentleman at the front desk came running to hold my car door and greet me by name when I arrived, and everyone I encountered was wonderfully hospitable. The breakfast room offered memorable views of Cyprus tree tops: the food was fresh and delicious; the rooms were clean and serene. This is a place I will never forget and to which I will always wish to return.