Opulent public spaces have museum-worthy art and polished marble floors
Il Cavaliere restaurant dishes up innovative Tuscan fare
Best of both worlds: big city meets country ambience
What To Know
Less than six miles from downtown Florence; the resort runs free shuttles
Rooms and suites are in a number of historic buildings on the 15-acre estate
The estate dates back to the 1400s
On the road to Chianti and southern Tuscany
Parking on site
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Charming 15th-century villa with museum-worthy art and original frescoes, less than six miles from Florence
On a charming 15-acre country estate near the Chianti wine country (but less than six miles from downtown Florence), Villa Olmi Firenze offers a chance to see the the Renaissance sights by day and soak up rural Tuscan hospitality and sublime cooking by night. Encompassing a number of historic buildings, Villa Olmi has the vibe of an aristocratic Tuscan country home, and the property shows off its rich history (it dates to the late 1400s) in opulent public spaces with palatial ceilings and museum-worthy artwork as well as in the guest rooms, which are dressed with period furnishings and original 18th-century frescoes. The 62 rooms and suites are spread across four structures and vary greatly in size, but all achieve a simple elegance with Florentine-style wood ceilings, limestone plaster, terra-cotta floors and original antiques. Most of the fine marble bathrooms have private Jacuzzis and classy toiletries, and the comfortable beds are fitted with fine Egyptian cotton linens and feather-soft duvets. La Fattoria is Villa Olmi’s main building and its heart. Most of the rooms and suites are located here, and in the cloister of the main building there’s a delightful foliage-framed swimming pool that overlooks a garden. La Fattoria also houses the innovative restaurant and wine bar Il Cavaliere. Run by a renowned young Italian chef, it dishes up traditional Tuscan specialties with a modern twist, and also hosts informal cooking classes and sommelier-led wine tastings.
In the Area
The Uffizi Gallery is the one Florence museum art lovers never get tired of. One of the oldest in the world, it houses some of the most important masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. The Accademia is where you can get close to Michelangelo’s David in a historic museum designed by Giorgio Vasari in the 1500s. While in the Tuscan capital, stop by Caffe Rivoire. Founded in 1872, it's a historic spot for a chocolate fix and is famous for its thick artisanal hot chocolate. Enjoy a cup while sitting in the Piazza della Signoria. Nearby, the town of Fiesole, in the hills above Florence, is reachable by public bus and worth a visit for the historic villas, Roman and Etruscan ruins, and simply beautiful views. If you don't make it to Chianti, sample the finest local grapes from the terrace of Le Volte, the house wine bar.
Villa Olmi Firenze
Via del Crocifisso del Lume, 18
Bagno A Ripoli, Italy
How to Get There
Flights are available to Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) and Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from FLR (about 23 miles away) are approximately $85 for two people, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from FLR are $56, each way. The property does not provide transfers to/from PSA (about 59 miles away). Taxis to/from PSA are approximately $140, each way.