Ristorante Tosca, Castello di Casole, Siena, Italy
This brand-new property opened in Siena in July with a slew of quaint countryside offerings, like mushroom foraging, pottery courses with local artists and vineyard harvesting on its sprawling 4,200-acre estate. Inside the restored 12th-century castle resides elegantly rendered boutique accommodations and Ristorante Tosca, its classic Italian dining venue featuring fresh local fare served under stunning Murano glass chandeliers. (The views of rolling Tuscan hills stretch as far as the eye can see.) The restaurant developed a special holiday menu that starts with a cranberry cocktail followed by pumpkin soup, Roquefort cheese tart and a roasted turkey stuffed with chestnuts and prunes. Rooms, from $800; dinner (excluding drinks), from $100; Località Querceto, 53031 Casole d’Elsa; 39-0577/961-501; castellodicasole.com.