A recent addition to the countless hotels and guesthouses in this part of Chianti, Villa Rosa is a solid structure dating from the early 1900s. Looming over the road from Panzano in Chianti to Radda, its appearance makes a refreshing change from the usual rustic stone Tuscan farmhouse formula: it is painted bright pink. Inside, a light touch is evident in the decoration. The terracotta floors and white walls downstairs are typical, but bedrooms have pastel-coloured, sponged paintwork, wrought-iron four poster beds and a mixture of wicker furniture, together with antique pieces here and there. The attractive, rather quirky, light fittings are by a local craftsman. Bathrooms also have touches of colour and heated towel rails add a hint of luxury.
The building is too near the road to be ideally situated, but at the back there is a peaceful, partially shaded terrace for open-air eating, while the garden slopes up the hillside to a pleasant pool and open, vine-striped countryside. Reasonable prices and a relaxed style of management make this hotel very popular; the food is good, too. A recent report remarks on the interesting local fare and good value.