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 stayed for two nights as a mini escape to the countryside after almost a week in the hustle and bustle of Florence city proper.
Our welcome was strange. The lady at the desk mistook us for someone else and thought we had only booked one night instead of two to stay. When we got to our room, a garden suite which had been recommended in other reviews, we were disappointed to see no kitchenette as advertised and that we were in a very small two-level room in an annex of the hotel. When we called to see if there was a kitchenette room as promised, the same lady told us none were available and that even for those rooms that had them, they were not functional due to fire codes! Whether or not this is true or just a ruse to get us to drop it is still unclear. Best not to promise kitchenettes if there are none.
To be fair she offered us an alternate room in the main hotel that was beautifully decorated. But we declined as we had already paid more for this “suite”. She explained we were placed in the annex as we had asked for a quiet room. It was quiet, but the decor felt like that of a motel and the bathroom door once open would bang into the bidet.
Got bitten several times at night by mosquitoes while sleeping. When we asked the desk the next morning about repellant, they had wipes and gave us a plug in to help keep the bugs away. Not sure why all the rooms aren’t just equipped with the plug ins if this is a known problem. Would have been nice to avoid the bites as mine get very large.
Also booked this hotel with promise of a heated pool. The temps outside were a pleasant mid 20s celsius with sun. Perfect pool weather. Turns out the pool was ice cold. Numbingly so. When we asked a staff member about warming it, he said he couldn’t! What’s the point then!
While the shuttle is a nice touch, you must book in advance as they also shuttle guests of the nearby Mulino hotel. The times of pickup and drop-off are limited and such that if you wanted to have dinner in the city centre you would have to cab back for 25 euros plus. Can’t see how this would be a good hotel for those wanting to see the centre at night. Glad we already did that prior to coming here.
Food-wise, the nearby Osteria Brucia Tegami was amazing if you’re stranded here at dinner and don’t plan to eat at their restaurant. One of our top meals of our multi week Italy trip.
Wouldn’t recommend. Wouldn’t stay again.
This hotel is a bit outside of Florence, but I greatly enjoyed the tranquility of the grounds. We stayed in early October for 3 nights and were delighted that the pool was still open. It's a great pool and we had it to ourselves for several hours. The breakfast was fantastic! A great selection with something for everyone. Aldo, the concierge, is great. He recommended a great restaurant in Florence and several places for buying leather goods. He also arranged a phenomenal Chianti wine tour for us, which was the highlight of our 12 days trip!
I am a travel agent and have travelled quite extensively. Whenever I choose a place for my clients to stay in the Tuscan region it is ALWAYS Villa Olmi!
We just returned from a three night stay and already can’t wait to go back!
Not only is the place beautiful, warm and inviting, but so is the staff! Not to mention the cuisine in the restaurant on premise!
Chef Francesco is extremely talented, and has prepared for us some of the best food that I’ve ever eaten anywhere! Not to mention that he’s a very nice guy... take a cooking class with him if you are able...you’ll be very glad you did.
Alessandro, the Head Concierge, is one of the nicest, warmest, and most considerate individuals you’ll meet. He is a consummate professional with a great amount of knowledge. He went out of his way to help us on two separate occasions during our stay, unrelated to the hotel, which really saved the day. He also planned two days for us touring various places in the Tuscan countryside, which made our trip wonderful... without his input, we would have missed so much. He is by far a great asset to Villa Olmi!
All in all, Villa Olmi is a place that I continue to recommend, and I have never heard anything but rave reviews from my clients. For me, it feels like a home away from home, and I begin to miss it at the very moment I leave. ❤️