La Dolce Vita Toscana with Anna Dello Russo
Anna Dello Russo, a celebrated fashion guru and style maker, has influenced, created, and graced the pages of the most highly respected fashion and lifestyle magazines in the world. Born in Southern Italy, Dello Russo has circled the globe in pursuit of inspiration and the next big trend, though she maintains that her favorite destination “is the next one.”
What do you love the most about Tuscany?
Its pristine and so well-preserved countryside. The bright, vibrant light and its genuine food.
What is your favorite Tuscan memory?
My first time at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. You find yourself in a place for the first time and you immediately feel a strong bond with the place, the location, its deep-rooted traditions. This incredible sense of place combined with privacy, attention to detail and authentic Italian feeling is the best mix. Respect of the origins with the highest service.
Do you have a favorite traditional Tuscan dish?
Definitely pappa al pomodoro. It’s a dish from the peasant tradition made of simple, fresh and genuine ingredients. Its taste is mind-blowing. This is the secret of Italian cuisine: simplicity combined with exceptional raw materials.
What are essentials for a first time visitor to Tuscany?
I strongly suggest a pair of walking shoes to explore this country estate and its amazing surroundings. Comfortable yoga clothing as this is the best place for practicing and reconnecting with yourself.
What is the quintessential Tuscany experience?
A helicopter transfer that takes you directly to Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco for a villa escape. You immediately feel disconnected from the real world. Besides the quietness and the amazing surroundings, I love having a delectable breakfast in the kitchen of my villa and arranging a private Tuscan dinner with a chef…ending your night admiring the starry sky with a glass of Brunello. It’s truly quintessential.
How should one dress for a stay in Tuscany? Any style must-have’s?
I suggest wearing light chiffon to have the Tuscan breeze going through it and feel this incredible sensation on your skin. A cashmere blanket for the most romantic picnic in the middle of the vineyards and comfortable shoes to explore the countryside.
Any shopping secrets or must-visit stores in Tuscany?
I highly recommend visiting Florence to discover the historical artisanal laboratories which are still today producing tailor-made, precious pieces.
Is there a must-visit town or attraction in Tuscany?
Siena is probably one of my favorite cities…you can touch the rich medieval history throughout its historical center…and Piazza del Campo still leaves me breathless.
Do you have a favorite spa treatment or beauty secret?
I adore body massages and Eastern body treatments.r
Despite your hectic travel schedule, you’ve kept a base in Italy? What’s so special about Italy?
You can’t find the quality of life in Italy anywhere else in the world. The combination of natural beauty, cultural heritage and the human dimension is truly unique. Here you can really enjoy life!
Where is the best place in the world for shopping?
For sure it’s Milan. You have the best of the best condensed in the fashion quadrilatero, the four main avenues that are the fashion center of Milan.
While traveling do you like to stay in touch on social media or go “off-grid?”
I’m always online. This way you can always share everything and keep up with what’s going on in the world.
To where was your most memorable trip?
Each journey has been special to me. My journeys are like a pearl necklace, they’re all connected…like life.
What is your favorite journey?
The next one.
As one of the most photographed women in the world, do you have any tips for posing for a holiday photo?
Always be in motion, with gentle energy. Feel like you are dancing within the setting…