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We’ll explore a different destination for each Book Club, and a lucky Silver Travel Book Club reader can win a free copy of that month’s book.
This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Classic Collection Holidays – is reading Out of Her Depth by Lizzy Barber.
There are summers that will change your life. There are summers that may end it.
In the lush green hills beyond Florence sits the Villa Medici a graceful pensione surrounded by manicured gardens.
Rachel, a college student from an outer London suburb, can’t believe her luck in landing a summer job here. Especially when she’s drawn into a circle of privileged young sophisticates, including her glamorous co-worker Diana, who promises to help Rachel win the affections of handsome, confident Sebastian.
But as champagne flows and rivalries fester in the Tuscan countryside, Rachel realizes that Diana has motivations of her own. Adrift in a world of backstabbing and bedhopping, lavish parties and easy betrayal, Rachel feels the stakes rising along with the temperatures until, one night, something snaps. Someone dies. And nothing will ever be the same…
VILLA SAN MICHELE, A BELMOND HOTEL, FLORENCE
Like Rachel, Classic Collection Holidays will take you on a journey to Tuscany. But your experience with Classic Collection could look a bit more like this. As you sink into the pool in the Italian gardens at Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel, as the sun starts to dip over the Arno valley, you realise there’s 30 minutes before your private car arrives to take you and your other half for a countryside drive to the Chianti Hills. It’s here you’ll both enjoy an exclusive vineyard dining setting, for a supper like no other beneath the stars.
Villa San Michele is set in the Tuscan Hills overlooking Florence, just 7km away and this lovingly restored monastery provides a luxurious and stylish space for guests to enjoy. By day and by night the views from the Villa over the valley and towards Florence are stunning. Immersed in the beautiful gardens, the swimming pool provides a tranquil spot to relax and offers a poolside restaurant for lunch or a light snack. For dinner, Tuscan specialities and Italian wines can be enjoyed al fresco or in the Cloister. There is no better place to spend an evening than on the Loggia where good company and a nightcap, are enhanced by the gentle sounds of the pianist in the background.
How to win a copy of Out of Her Depth by Lizzy Barber
Tuscany is home to dramatic landscapes and the historic cities of Florence and Siena. It’s a place of art and delicious local dishes.
Comment below to tell us about your favourite part of Italy and what made it special or about an Italian trip you would like to make.
A winner will be chosen in early August 2022.
The competition closes on 31 July 2022.
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