My husband and I stayed two nights in Colognole and we had a wonderful time. We were travelling to various places nearby (Florence and Cinque Terre as well as Colognole), so we'd decided not to rent a car as it sounded like having one would be more of a hassle than a convenience for the most part. We were right in all cases except Colognole--we tried to get there by taking the train from Florence to Scopeti and then a regional bus from Scopeti to Colognole, but the bus never showed up! The agriturismo is up a very windy road on the mountain and there's really no good way of getting up there without a car. Luckily, we called reception and the lovely Federica came down in her car to rescue us, which she was in no way obliged to do, so we thought that was really above and beyond! The staff even gave us a lift back to Scopeti at the end of our stay so we wouldn't have to risk the bus again. We were only there for one full day really, but I think for longer stays it would be worth having a car, not just to get there easily but to be able to visit nearby points of interest. As it was, we spent the day very pleasantly hiking on the nearby trails, relaxing by the pool, and taking the agriturismo's wine and olive oil tour, so we found ways to keep entertained without a car.
The wine tour (led by Federica, who was very nice and impressively knowledgeable) was very interesting, and ended with a tasting of some of their wines and their extra-high quality olive oil--yum! The wines ranged from quite good to excellent.
The property itself is beautiful, the pool is nice (not heated so I found it too cold to actually swim in, though the day was quite hot, but lots of other guests were able to handle it so it was probably just me), the air is fresh and the views are stunning, Our room was really spacious, clean and comfortable, and the decor was charming. The staff, whether at the front desk or in the restaurant, was unfailingly friendly and helpful.
Finally, I just have to add that the restaurant itself is wonderful. We chose the half-board option, which included both breakfast and dinner, and I can't recommend that option enough, as it really seems to be a bargain. When we were there the system was very casual; half-boarders are given a ticket for each meal that they hand in to the host at the restaurant; this entitles them to an antipasto, pasta course, and meat course of their choice from the menu (wine, coffee, dessert etc cost extra, of course.) As far as we could tell there were no limitations on menu options for half-boarders versus restaurant clientele, so my husband in particular went crazy and had three courses on both nights (I only managed an antipasto and a pasta course as portions were very large.) Everything we tried was excellent, and the recommendations from the host were particularly good (she suggested a sausage and grape pasta for me that I was a bit skeptical about, and it ended up being the best thing I ate over seven days in Italy.)
If I had one little quibble it would be that the breakfast was a bit limited--continental, of course, but not even much in the way of choice for pastries and breads. It would be really nice if they offered some fresh fruit, since the evening meals are so heavy. (I realize that the desire for fruit in the mornings is probably a bit of an Americanism, though.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Agritourism Colognole lies in the hills that rise on the left bank of the river Sieve, some 30 km east of Florence. Set in a spectacular environment, surrounded by amazing colours, is the ideal location both for some relaxing days by the green and the pool, enjoying excellent food, and for nature walks, mountain biking, horse riding, tennis players. All of the buildings on the estate boast panoramic views of the Valdisieve, and our guests may enjoy our English-speaking hospitality staff, make use of the swimming pool, enjoy local dishes in the Restaurant "Il Colognolo" located right in the heart of our winery complex, stroll the hiking trails which cover the estate, as well as arrange for tastings of the docg Wines and Olive Oil produced on the estate.Guests staying at our agriturismo can reach all of Tuscany's important cities within an hour or two. The town of Rufina, just a few kilometres away, offers frequent trains to the city centre of Florence, just 30 minutes away.Colognole's nearness to the Apennine mountain chain makes its landscape quite rugged and wild, but its location also means that the summer heat is more bearable here, thanks to the light breezes that flow down from the mountain heights. ... more less
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