time. Our turn eventually came and soon-after so did our diesel-powered Jeep Renegade and we were off. With Margaret’s timely help in deciphering the one-way, senso unico streets, it wasn’t long before we were back at the Grand Minerva to load our luggage and head off on the next leg of our Cinque Stelle (Five Star) tour. We made a quick job of it and before long everything was aboard, we were in our seats, ready to go. The surprise turn of events came when I rotated the key in the ignition to the deafening sound of silence.
Ferragamo. I wasn’t familiar with him but Maria Elena recognized the name immediately as part of an Italian shoe dynasty. As Chairman of Ferragamo USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Salvatore Ferragamo Italia created by his father, he is responsible for the brand throughout North America. His empire includes luxury shoes, bags, eyewear, silk accessories, watches, perfumes, even a ready-to-wear clothing line. No wonder Mare recognized the name! Massimo is also considered the family visionary and applies the same successful business principles to his real estate ventures. Castiglion del Bosco is his latest business-meets-pleasure departure from high fashion. He apparently bought the property on a whim when friends remarked that it would be wonderful to have a get-away somewhere in Tuscany. Count me in. We’d done the same in Calitri, although nothing approaching the scale of his venture. At CdB, Massimo along with his wife, Chiara, have created a world-class resort that is authentic, stylish, historic, and known for excellent stand-apart service. It wasn’t long before we come to the same conclusion.
important area farming center. For the uber-rich friends of Massimo and guests like us willing to pay in better weather, it also come with that breathtaking 18-hole golf course we’d passed in the rain. Along with a cooking school, there was a store stocked with clothing and odds and ends that a guest may have forgotten to bring along. An organic kitchen garden, a spa, a common use infinity pool, and a fitness center were also on hand. Visitors also had the choice of two restaurants, both far removed from fast food establishments - the more rustic Osteria La Canonica or the stylish Ristorante Campo del Drago. Together they offered classic Tuscan and Italian dining at a table that was ours the entire night.