Villa Olmi Firenze
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We cannot speak highly enough of this hotel - the property itself is amazingly beautiful and a welcome escape from the craziness of Firenze city - the rooms are spacious, comfortable, bed was great and we enjoyed the provincial styling - breakfast was wonderful with a large selection to choose from, the pool area was gorgeous and we used the very neat gym several times during our stay - but it was the exceptional level of service we received during our stay that really stood out for us and made our already amazing stay, just incredible. Aldo, Villa Olmi Firenze's outstanding concierge was second to none. Aldo coordinated our rental car for us - delivered straight to the hotel, he prepared our entire itinerary for our day visit to Tuscany and coordinated special time for us at Familigia Mazzarini vineyards for the most exceptional lunch and wine tasting we have ever had (and we've been on a few), in addition to coordinating our day trip to a thermal spa and surrounding Montalcino area. Thank you to all the staff at this outstanding property, and a special thanks to Aldo for what was the most memorable stay for us ever. We will be back! Grazie Mille!
We stayed here for 3 nights as part of a Motor Sports Travel package (Mugello MotoGP). It is immaculate. The rooms, buildings and grounds are extremely well kept and it shows.
We had a room upgrade as it was our honeymoon, and it was the Il Bosso room (305), stunning.
Food in the main restaurant was very good, and service was excellent. Recommend the Pasta with Aubergine, basil and tomato sauce, or the Pasta with Clams. Both were delicious. The Chianti, well it's Chianti what's not to like.
The food in the bar area was good too. As was breakfast, plenty of choice. The Chef made us perfect poached eggs.
There is a nice swimming pool in the grounds. We didn't have time to try it but it looked inviting and clean.
If you want a nice quiet location for a peaceful short stay of relaxation then this is perfect. If you intend to use it as a base while you go off into Florence to explore, it is also perfect, and you have a taste of luxury when you return to base. The heart of Florence is a 20 minute drive so it's really not that far. I believe there is a shuttle bus service that runs fairly frequently.
Really do recommend this hotel.
Stayed while attending Mugello MotoGP, we transferred direct to the hotel from Pisa and were amazed by the sheer beauty of the hotel. A warm welcome awaits, with quick check-in and taken to our room. Can certainly recommend 107 as it’s close to reception with no stairs to negotiate, very nice finish, free still and sparkling water, replenished daily, and a free mobile to use.
Bar food was excellent, but we didn’t try the restaurant. Early breakfast each day as we were going to MotoGP, and on the last day a superb packed lunch for our airport transfer.
Swimming pool also looked great, but we didn’t get chance to try.
A daily shuttle bus to Florence (and back) is operated too. Local restaurants are within 10 mins walk, and a supermarket too just a little further if you need to shop for food and drink if attending Mugello circuit.
What more can I say - we would highly recommend!
We stayed for a week end of May
Hotel is about 15/20 minutes away from City centre by car/shuttle bus.
When we arrived we found hotel and staff very very good.
Grounds and buildings fantastic.
Good breakfast anything you could wish for really.
firstly Shuttle bus is available however it only runs 9,10,11 am and 5,6,7 pm.
So you are basically stuck in Florence centre for 6 hours with the only option of a taxi costing 30 euros. If you want to dine in Florence at night again you will have to pay taxi fare there and back depending what time you wanted to eat.
So you have to eat in the Hotel itself which is quite pricey. 20 euros just for drinks.
Would suggest the bus making a couple of more trips, maybe mid afternoon and another about 9 or 10pm. I've stayed at a few places in Italy and they all offer shuttle buses with these sort of times. (wondering if hotel do it on purpose to make you dine in the hotel)
Room service was available cost us 30 euros for a cheese and ham toastie and a chicken sandwich (wow)
Room was nice but cold, temperature outside was only about 20'C and sun was round front of hotel.
Would visit Florence again but somewhere in the centre so you can come and go as you please.
We stayed 8 nights in May 2018 at the Villa Olmi Firenze Hotel in Florence, Italy. Our stay was wonderful. The hotel staff were ALL very
friendly, helpful, and professional and nearly all spoke excellent English. The staff made you feel as if you were “at home”. The hotel itself was charming and beautiful. The hotel and rooms were beautifully decorated, and the hotel was well-taken care of. We stayed in a junior suite on the first floor which was larger than I expected and had french doors which opened out into a private garden/sitting area. This hotel was decorated in a traditional, Italian style—which we love —but if you are partial to sleek, modern, architecture, furnishings and style, this would not be the place for you. The grounds and gardens were well manicured. The pool area is beautiful, with food and bar service available there, as well. The breakfast—included in the room charge—was excellent. The breakfast buffet was a full buffet with a wide selection of food offerings, including champagne and mimosas, if desired. The bar area was quite nice, opening up to a beautiful garden area. The dinner offerings were good, though not exceptional. The only minor complaints that I could muster would be the scant room service menu offerings (though service was fast) and the lack of in-room movies. We would definitely stay here again if we travel to Florence/Tuscany again.