Villa Lena. Photo by Coke Bartrina.
Villa Lena. Photo by Coke Bartrina.

Nestled amongst acres of olive trees an hour southwest of Florence is Villa Lena, a stunning Tuscan retreat that is part hotel (there are 5 properties on the estate), part artist residence (this summer’s guest of honor is photographer Mark Borthwick, who keeps an open studio on the premises) and an agriturismo (all meals are locally sourced, and menus are decorated with the artist Curtis Kulig’s “Love Me” tag). It’s the perfect escape from summer in the city.