Such an undemanding, delightful place to be and such an enthusiastic family to be with. Maurizio and Ilaria gave up the hustle and bustle of Verona for a peaceful country life in the mid-nineties and haven’t looked back since. Their 1800s farmhouse is on the side of a hill overlooking forested hills and behind is the vast Lessinia National Park. Maurizio did much of the renovation himself and the result is authentic and attractive. Simple cotton rugs cover stripped bedroom floors, rough plaster walls are whitewashed, and rooms are big and airy, with solid country furniture and clean towels and bed linen. Breakfasts are at the long farmhouse table or out on the terrace, making the most of the views: home-produced honey and jams, seasonal cakes, home-grown fruits, happy conversation. Dinner, mostly vegetarian, simple and authentic, is an occasional affair. This is a seven-hectare, all-organic farm, with olives and fruit trees, hens, horses and beehives; Ilaria is an expert in bio-dynamic beekeeping. There are nature trails galore, and always something going on.