“It means no worries…” or “Senza pensieri…” as Timon and Pumbaa sing in Italian. But even Simba knew he would only be convinced when it actually happened. Now, after much anticipation for this visit and having been here two full days, I can safely assure you there are no worries here in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma at Antico Casale di Scansano. Chi vorrà vivrà… In libertà…

So… press play, and read these 16 reasons why being at Antico Casale di Scansano means “Senza pensieri,” and why you, too, would never want to leave your Hakuna Ricotta.

1. You can put on your robe and be at the spa within seconds of deciding it sounds like a good idea.

2. Your food was likely made from ingredients that you can see while eating it.

3. Cantuccini (toasty biscuits made of only sugar, eggs, almonds and butter) dipped Vinsanto (a very sweet dessert wine) are just another way of saying ciao.

4. Eating delicious pasta, then cooking the exact same thing with the chef the next day.

5. Fog doesn’t ruin the view from your veranda.

6. Religion is topped with tomato sauce.

7. It feels like family… because it IS family. The owners live the dream of giving people the Maremma experience they grew up with.

8. This is the last thing you see before walking into your room.

9. It would be unthinkable to have this meal without first having pasta.

10. The indoor pool is a great place to sit and get to know the anatomy of your feet, if you so choose.

11. You can have your bath and eat it too.

12. Massimo would love for you to join.

13. Fagottini stuffed with pear and parmesan cooked with cream and red wine is just Italian for Satchels of Heaven.

14. If you have someone in your life you’re trying to convince that celery is good, this salad with pecorino would help.

15. A bottle of local red by the toasty fireplace in the hills of the Tuscan Maremma is just as good as it sounds.

16. Sun-soaked panoramic views look even better coming straight from a facial.

Today’s WIN ITALIA Question:

(To win luggage packed with souvenirs from Rome and Tuscany)

What’s your Hakuna Matata place?


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