Where rooftops vie with cypress trees

COLOMBAIO estateperches high up in the vineyard and is a gardener-tended property having wonderful views and a clear vista of the Chianti village of Gaiole immediately below, with chains of rolling green hills in the distance. On opening the tall, wrought-iron gate, you enter a world that used to be the private residence of the family that owns IL COLOMBAIO DI CENCIO. Today it is a hideaway for guests.

Two restored buildings provide holiday accommodation for four to six people each; Torre, the free-standing tower and Aquila, an entire floor of the villa. Pool (10 x 6 m) and stone-walled barbecue. Tip: these properties are for preference let together.