Little visited Pistoia is a jewel of a town which offers easy access to Florence, Lucca and Pisa. Pieve a Celle is new agriturismo situated near the zoo, so at night the silence may be broken by the incongruous sounds of wild animal noises. Set in 1,700 acres of land planted with olives, vines and woods broken by walking paths and mountain bike tracks, the house is a typically solid Tuscan rural building. Inside, the usual rustic formula of terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and so on has been brightened up by warm colours on the walls and some imaginative furnishings. An open fire burns in the sitting room to welcome guests in cold weather while upstairs, the bedrooms are charmingly decorated with pretty fabrics (designed by the owner, who is in the textile business) and mainly furnished with antiques. Wrought-iron four poster beds are hung with white linen while bright kilims and African textiles sit well with warm sand coloured walls. Bordered by wooden decking, the substantial pool is surrounded by vineyards and utterly peaceful views. The Paccentis style is very relaxed, and they are warm hosts. Although there are good places to eat in Pistoia, you should stay in at least once to sample Fiorenza's excellent cooking.