We stayed two nights in the deluxe apartment with our three children and enjoyed our stay very much. The apartment was beautifully appointed and comfortable with three separate bedrooms and one bath. The staff was gracious and welcoming. The villa grounds are so beautiful! The pool and view from there fantastic! It is everything you hope a Tuscan villa would be. The breakfasts were also wonderful. My daughter loved making her own fresh squeezed orange juice on the juicer. The restaurant there was good but somewhat slow moving. We seemed to be the first and the last there. Not sure why that was but my husbands main course arrived like 20 minutes after all of us finished ours and the waitress didn't put in my order of the chocolate dessert so we ended up waiting another 20 minutes after the rest of my family finished their desserts. I think dinner lasted 3 hours which wouldn't have been a big deal if we were not tired and cold from the chilly outdoor air. I should say, however, that Danilo was a gracious host. As far as distance from Florence we were an hour by car. Thanks to GPS we navigated the city and its parking just fine. I can't imagine having done without it as Florence is pretty challenging to drive through. If you rent a car get the GPS. It is invaluable even with an iPad. We used both to navigate through 6 countries. There will be times you won't be able to access your iPad maps so the GPS was a godsend. Florence is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and reserve tickets ahead of time for the Accademia and Uffizi online. The resort recommended a visit to Scarperia but we really didn't care for this town. Very sleepy. Unless you want to buy knives don't bother. We did enjoy a winery tour at Colognole which they recommended. We tried to go to top rated restaurant La Casa del Prosciutto in the nearby town of Vecchio but it was closed on Mondays. That's when we learned there is a law in Italy where restaurants need to be closed one day a week. There is a Tuscan barbecue place that looked really intriguing but it too was closed. Overall Villa Campestri was a lovely place to stay
and, even though its a bit secluded, it's a wonderful countryside respite. One last unrelated thing- if you can go to Cinque Terra! Vernazza is one of the most beautiful places you'll ever see!
- 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