There is so much to love about this olive oil estate starting with the history, dating back over 800 years. Located about 6 km outside the nearest town of Vicchio the villa sits on a hillside overlooking the valley. The grounds are gorgeous with open green space, beautiful cyprus trees, olive groves and a pool in an nice setting located away from the building a bit down the hill.
The main building (where we stayed) is very impressive. While we had booked a junior suite due to a large group we were upgraded to the full suite. It was huge and ornate with an awesome bed, although it was somewhat dark with only a couple of windows. One of the junior suites we saw had much more light and great views out the front of the estate (as opposed to the suite with views over a roof and out the back). All rooms on the first floor of the main building have impressive 14 to 15 foot high wood beamed ceilings. One other minor note but internet was not available in our room due to the thickness of the walls. It was not a big deal but we did have to step out to the common area (still on the same floor) to access the wifi.
Breakfast is an extensive buffet - with everything one would want - very nice, particularly when enjoyed on the outside terrace. We ate dinner one evening with mixed reviews - I absolutely loved both my choices, especially the Chianina beef fillet in a black olive crust with a fortified Vin Santo sauce and pine nuts - perhaps the best single dish of our three plus weeks in Italy. But my wife was less pleased with both her choices. Service was refined, consistent with an upscale restaurant. The room did however feel crowded, with tables a bit too close to each other.
But here's the thing that bothered us. Villa Campestri brands itself as an olive oil resort, offering tastings and massages amongst other nearby activities. Our issue was the 50 euro price per person for a one hour olive oil tour and tasting. We're not suggesting it should be free (although an agriturismo we stayed at showed us their balsamic vinegar operation; spending well over half an hour of their time, at no cost) but 50 euros per person - really? At that price we chose not to take the tour / tasting, which was a shame. If the estate is trying to promote its olive oil operation charging this much will turn some off. It's too bad the cost was not a bit more reasonable. If so we likely would have taken the tour and then probably bought some oil. As it was we did not. One other annoyance was the charge for a pool towel - charge another euro in the base rate but additional charges like this seem so petty.
However we would not want these issues to take away from the many very positive aspects of Villa Campestri, which is a beautiful estate attractively set amongst the olive and cyprus trees, with excellent landscaping. There is lots of outdoor seating along with a beautiful pool providing for relaxation and tranquility. The rooms are memorable with period furniture reflecting the history of the villa.
While there were a number of issues (my wife's dinner choices; charging for towels; the missed marketing and educational opportunity given the excessive cost of the olive oil tour / tasting) Villa Campestri is a very impressive place to stay, one we did very much enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, a splendid Renaissance residence dating back to the 13th century, overlooks the Mugello Valley, north of Florence. Situated on a hilltop, the estate is immersed in a hug lush park with secular olive trees, providing a superb organic extra-virgin olive oil. A loving restoration has been carried out with full respect for the structural form and original materials of the buildings. The rooms and suites preserves the ancient fascination of the residence, thanks also to the period furnishings. Traditional Tuscan cuisine and a special Olive Oil Menu are served at the L'Olivaia Restaurant featuring stylish inner rooms and a striking outdoor panoramic terrace. The relaxing swimming pool boasts a stunning view of the Valley. An extensive choice of memorable activities is available: Oleoteca® to enjoy extra-virgin olive oil sensory experiences, Tuscan cooking classes, Ayurvedic massages with self-produced extra-virgin olive oil and essential oils and plant your own olive tree. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Campestri Olive Oil Hotel Vicchio
- Campestri Hotel Vicchio
- Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort Vicchio, Italy - Tuscany