Spitting in public, blowing one’s nose uproariously, cleaning one’s hands with the tablecloth… error and horrors that obviously nobody makes nowadays. However, during the 16th century they were very common, in fact an eminent Tuscan Monsignor and literary man wrote down the basic rules of good manners, such as: “It is indecent to rub your teeth with the table-cloth or your napkin, and much worse to do the same thing with your finger. It is likewise so, to gurgle your mouth before company, or to spit the wine out after you have done”. The aforesaid Monsignor was Giovanni Della Casa, who wrote this famous book: Galateo, which is a collection of “instructions to a young gentleman how to behave himself in conversation”, as the original subtitle says. This millstone of Italian literature, over centuries, has become a real point of reference for European behaviour and bon ton. You have the opportunity to visit the place where he was born in 1503, and received an education based on the art of beauty and customs. This place is now called Monsignor della Casa Country Resort & Spa in Borgo San Lorenzo, an exclusive and unique historic house nestled in the heart of Mugello. In fact, here there is a Villa, where Monsignor was born: a dream-like location, where you can live a charming and evocative experience that will be engraved on your heart forever.
Villa del Monsignore was part of an old hamlet, which has been restored, and now it is surrounded by a thirty-thousand-square-metre park. This Resort is a European Finalist at Awards Condé Nast Johansens 2016, it is only 26 km away from Florence and 8 km from Mugello Circuit. It is a combination of Renaissance history, comfort, and style. With its 27 luxury rooms and suites offers its guests the authentic possibility to enjoy the real and prosperous beauty of Tuscan countryside.
The spacious rooms are equipped with any type of comfort and elegant Tuscan furniture. Moreover, they are adorned by beautiful views of the surrounding landscape, old fireplaces, canopies, and hydro-massage tubs. The spectacular centuries-old park, full of redwoods, ginkgos, and very old Lebanon cedars, hosts a luxury spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, cardio-fitness Technogym, and two massage cabins for any kind of wellness treatment. The guests can also enjoy two hydro-massage pools, a tennis court, mountain bikes, and a playground for children.
At Monsignor della Casa Country Resort & Spa, the guests can also rent one of the exclusive residences of the hamlet: six villas with garden and private swimming pool, and five charming apartments: the perfect destination if you want to experience a unique and high-level stay, surrounded by a magical atmosphere, made of sincere hospitality and real Tuscan style.
To improve the exclusive character of this structure, there is Enoteca del Monsignore: a restaurant that provides local dishes and lets its guests to have a journey through the delicious Tuscan cuisine: fresh and stuffed pasta, game dishes, and exclusive delicacies made with truffles, the typical Tuscan aroma. Everything is prepared with fresh organic ingredients coming from the garden of the Resort, and the best wines of the Enoteca.