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
I procrastinate; this vacation was in May.
My preconceived ideas of a Tuscan hotel were easily met. The place is gorgeous, beautiful buildings, exceptional gardens and stunning views.
Upon arrival we had a small issue, this was promptly taken care of in an extremely professional way, by the concierge. All the hotel staff were warm and friendly. Rooms were immaculate, housekeeping are like ninjas and did a thorough job of cleaning. Sorry for the empty Tuscan wine bottles, by the way!
If you can’t find something to eat at the excellent breakfast buffet, which is vast, then you can order a la carte. Lonela served us each morning and was delightful, a real asset to the establishment.
Weather was not great for hanging around the pool (although we did a couple of times) so we used the shuttle to go to Florence a few times. This was always on time, and very convenient. Also, each room has a ‘go’ phone for you to use, it has GPS, Internet and you can call other countries for free, a brilliant concept.
Being the start of the season, the hotel was very quiet in the day and evening. We walked into town often. I highly recommend going to the bars for a beer or wine. Being Italian they are very welcoming and you get to see the locals. Cross the main road and there is a bar to the right or walk a little further left and you come to the main part. There is a large grocery store, grab a panini and beer from there and enjoy a picnic in the park.
My only complaint being they ran out of IPA’s in the bar, that’s my only complaint. Fantastic hotel.
We were very happy with our stay. The room, 2nd story in main building, was very comfortable. The gardens and grounds were beautiful and relaxing. The included breakfast each day was delicious and had a very good variety of foods and drinks. We received excellent advice from the concierge and front desk staff on where to eat locally and routes to take for a drive in the Tuscany area. We used the shuttle bus into the city twice. It takes you to a "sister hotel" along the Arno river near Santa Croce piazza. It runs on a schedule, which may or may not work for your activities, but it's free and you know in advance the timing, so I count it as a benefit. The location of the hotel is outside the main city, in a more rural setting...quiet and peaceful but with somewhat less choice for dining or shopping if you don't have a car. Our stay was in May and the weather was perfect, with a little rain and sun mixed in, but a little cool to use the pool. There are 2 main buildings, connected with a tunnel. I would recommend a visit to the "house or Villa" building just to see the beautiful artwork and lighting fixtures. Would stay here again...
We checked into Villa Olmi, we had booked a junior suite with a garden. We had a quick bite to eat and got a taxi to Florence as we were leaving early the next morning.
We realised once we got back late that our room didn’t have all the facilities that were stated on our confirmation. No jetted bath tub, no turn down service and air conditioning that didn’t work and stopped completely during the night. We had asked for a fan to be brought to the bedroom as it was late and as the bedroom was upstairs in the suite it was much hotter up there . The room certainly didn’t look like the photos shown. We asked to see the manager to complain in the morning but the receptionist would not get him for us - she knocked off our 35 euro extras bill but a very disappointing stay.
Not worth the money we paid to upgrade, not friendly staff and you would definitely find better in or around Florence. Also, hotel is on a big main road which isn’t stated.
Aldo and the other concierges helped us navigate and enjoy great dinners. Aldo arranged a car rental on site for me to visit San Gimignano for cooking and wine tasting at Podere la Marronaia. Clean rooms and pool.
Just returned from a 4 night break and had it not been for the intense heat I wish it had been longer. If you are British then this hotel will make you ashamed to be so as it is so good and highlights how bad we are in the main at hospitality.
1) The grounds are magnificent as is the hotel itself which is spotless.
2) Every member of staff we encountered was a joy and completely customer focusssed, they were friendly and efficient. They were immaculately dressed and even in the 34 degree heat appeared cool and calm
3) They were patient and tolerant of loud guests who arrived having flown in overnight and who for some reason could not understand that you cannot expect your room at 10.00am when the previous guests do not check out until 12 (this was an isolated incident but I would not have been so patient with these people
4) A mistake was made when booking a taxi for us and such is the level of service, they telephone the Galleria to change our booking time and then paid for the resulting taxi.
5) The food is first class, someone has whinged about the price of a club sandwich which at 20 euros is not cheap but I saw one and it would feed a family. Dinner in the restaurant is what you would pay here in a quality restaurant.
This hotel is not for those who know the price of everything and the value of nothing - it is quality from beginning to end and I will most certainly return.