Since 1999, the British singer Sting and his wife Trudie Styler own a fabulous sixteen-century villa in the Chianti area, Tuscany. The property, named Il Palagio, is a huge mansion of 300 hectares, which includes the main villa, five guesthouses, a farm shop, a hill, six lakes, olive groves and vineyards.
The couple spends there many months of the year to find peace and return to a simpler way of life. For Trudie and Sting Il Palagio is more than a vacation home; it is also a passion. Throughout the years, they have worked hard to make it a wonderful place for them and for their guests.
The main villa is at the heart of the property. It is an elegant mansion overlooking the Tuscan hills and the countryside. The panorama is breathtaking: cypress, oak forests, vineyards, olive groves, and the Appenines in the background.
1. The guesthouses
Recently, Sting and Trudie have decided to open their doors to external guests. Whoever wants to live a unique and authentic Tuscan experience can book one of the five guesthouses located nearby the villa. Each one of the guesthouses is unique, as they are all designed in a different style.
Casa Colonica is a rustic, yet elegant house situated above the “limonaia” (a greenhouse for the cultivation of citrus fruit) and only five minutes away from the main villa.
The Red House, which in the past was used as a carpenter’s workshop, is a smaller charming villa situated across the lawn from the main mansion.
The Chalet was originally used to house rabbits, pigeons and chickens. Now it has been transformed in a studio in the grounds of the main villa, perfect for couples.
The Casino delle Vie is a romantic country house located only 5 minutes’ drive from the main villa. This guesthouse perfectly epitomizes the Tuscan lifestyle.
Finally, the house Senatore Umberto is the largest residence decorated with pieces of art from all around the world and located ten minutes’ drive from the property.
Apart from the guesthouses, Il Palagio can also be rented for special occasions or events, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and weddings. Within the property there are a plethora of elegant and evocative venues, ideal to organize parties and dinners, such as the wine cellar, the loggia, the “limonaia”, the courtyard and the terrace.
2. Details matter
The beauty of Il Palagio has the power to astonish its guests, no matter what they look at. In every corner there are meticulous details that do not go unnoticed.
The fountain is one of them. This piece of art once belonged to Sophia Loren, the epitome of Italian glamour.
The estate pool at the villa is also special. It is a peaceful place to spend a sunny day, or the perfect venue for any event or special occasion.
For sophisticated chess players, there is an elegant chess set. The oversized chessboard is placed a few meters away from the pool.
The grounds at Il Palagio also host some outstanding pieces of art and sculptures, both modern and classical.
3. Sustainable local products
Trudie and Sting both share the passion for the nature and the environment. This is the reason why they have decided to create a farm inside their Tuscan property. They produce wines, fresh fruit and vegetables, salami, honey and olive oil. Of course, all their products are organic and cultivated using strict sustainable methods.
Tenuta Il Palagio is the farm shop, where Trudie and Sting sell the products from their land. It is also possible to buy them online, visiting the official website of Il Palagio.