Daniel Trese Visits Castello di Vicarello

Dear Diane,

After our wonderful meeting in Paris, I traveled to the heart of Tuscany and discovered a gem beyond words, Castello di Vicarello. About two TomTom-aided hours from either Rome or Florence, Vicarello sits upon a hill overlooking Maremma and its rolling forest landscape. The property is owned and run by the elegant and friendly Aurora and Carlo Baccheschi Berti. The exterior is a medieval castle while the inside is appointed with a beautiful mash-up of Italian, Moroccan, and Far Eastern themes. Upon arrival, I was served a platter of wild boar salami and a dollop of Aurora's secret chili jam placed next to vintage copies of Casa Vogue. After a quick nap in the setting sun and a look around the property's beautiful gardens, a knock at the door meant it was time for dinner – a fun and intimate affair shared with the family and featuring Aurora's legendary cooking, including a few dishes which are detailed in her new cookbook, "My Tuscan Kitchen."

That was the quietest and most beautiful star-filled night I have experienced in recent memory. The next morning, I woke up and took a few impromptu pictures for you.