Treia, Le Marche: Casa Olivi
Backstory: Two decades ago, a fire destroyed this 300-year-old villa in Treia, a four-hour drive east from Florence. The story goes that the farmer who lived there, Oscar Olivi, jumped out a window, broke his leg and never returned.
Design: Swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jérôme de Meuron spent four years restoring the gorgeous stone building. Inside, it’s white-washed and wood-beamed, with five spacious bedrooms.
American-Style Kitchen: “I wanted to be able to prepare risotto while guests are having a glass of wine next to me,” says one of Olivi’s owners, who spends holidays at the villa, “so we went for an American-style kitchen that opens onto the dining room.” The space is outfitted with professional-grade equipment from the Italian company ArcLinea.
Grilling With a View: An outdoor kitchen on the terra-cotta terrace has a new stainless steel grill and teppanyaki (Japanese griddle), plus thrilling views of the olive groves all around.
Local Wine & Cooking Guides: In Treia, sommeliers Amy Wadman (an American who has lived in Italy for more than 20 years) and her fiancé, Mirco Lucamarini (a Marche native and owner of nearby restaurant Casolare dei Segreti), are available to lead winery visits, give cooking classes and help stock Casa Olivi’s deep wine cellar.
Swim & Sushi: The Monte Conero Coast, a half-hour away, is a great spot for a swim and a breakfast of “Italian sushi” (crudo) at Michelin-starred chef Moreno Cedroni’s Clandestino.
Fashion Heaven: Prada, Miu Miu and Tod’s have outlets near Civitanova Marche, a town an hour’s drive from the villa. Sleeps 11; casaolivi.blogspot.com. —Megan Krigbaum