Time places everything where it deserves to be, and Tuscany is one of the universal icons of landscape, history, good cooking and hotels with charm. For those who wish to know the reasons for Tuscany being an icon, Il Cellese, is a hotel of totally equipped apartments, perfect so as to enable us to browse the area during a few days, having our Tuscan “home” in the countryside always available. This is an ideal option when travelling with children. Ill Cellese is the result of a magnificent renovation of a big family home belonging to Sergio Sardelli´s family, an Italo-Sevillian who does his utmost for everything to be perfect. From our windows on the first floor we contemplate, on the left hand side the Sienna´s silhouette with the unmistakable Tower of the Piazza del Campo”, and to the right the outline of the “San Gimignano” towers, another Tuscan must. Behind us, half an hour away, is Florence. The Chianti region, which gives its name to the some of the best Italian wines, wraps around us. Even Sergio produces classic Chianti (name given to this variety) with the vines from his estate, which he bottles and sells in Italy and other European countries. Three nights a week the hotel transforms the ambiance of its garden to serve diners with a view which we would say does not change with the times. The vines, the designed fields, the cypress corridors, the houses ambassadors to their culture seem to be the same landscape in the last four centuries. There are no high tension electric nor telephone cables, no motorways, no antennas. The protection of Tuscan countryside bears its fruit, and Tuscany is now where time has placed it. Ill Cellese is exactly a balcony onto Tuscany. Our favourite hotel in many miles.