Fiesole - FirenzeAl centro di un’emozione
This beautiful 19th century country home, 7 Km. From Florence recently restored, sits on top of a hill overlooking the Valle del Mugnone, a gorgeous valley that offers panoramic views of gently slopping hills cultivated with well-tended olive groves as well as views of the town of Fiesole and the city of Florence. Giovanni Boccaccio in his 13th Century Decameron, locates some of his stories in this valley.It is part of the Fattoria Il Leccio that was named after the big ilex tree in the garden surrounding the omonimous 16th century Villa.
Since the beginning of this century, the Farm has belonged to the Passigli family, for three generations a promoter of cultural events, with special interest in music.
Guests of The Villa have included intellectuals like Benedetto Croce, Bernard Berenson, Krishnamurti, as well as the foremost rapresentatives of the Century’s musicians who visited Florence during their concert tours of Europe: in the 1930s the famous trio Cortot, Thibaud, Casals, played a concert in Leccio, as well as Adolf Bush and Rudolf Serkin. The local band dedicated a concert, held in the garden of the Villa, to Arturo Toscanini, who at that time was visiting the estate.
In the following years guests at the Villa included the greatest musicians of the time such as David Oistrach, Arthur Rubinstein, Andrès Segovia, Mtislav Rostropovich,who appreciated the excellent quality of the olive oil produced on the estate.
The olives are picked entirely by hand, without using machines which can harm the trees, and after the pressing of the olives, the oil is extracted at cold temperature, so that the flavour is fully preserved.
Montereggi lies in the Tuscan hills, 7 kms north of Florence, on the edge of the “Chianti dei colli fiorentini”. It offers accommodation in apartments (at Agriturismo Montereggi) and bedrooms (at B&B I Cedri) in a scenic and quiet area. Sometimes, at sunrise and sunset and with a bit of luck, it’s possible to see wild animals such as squirrels, roes, hares, pheasants, hoopoes, and many others in the surrounding countryside.
Both Florence and Fiesole are within easy reach by car, bus or train in a few minutes. Pisa, Lucca, Siena, St. Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Volterra, Arezzo, Cortona and the heart of Chianti are all about one hour drive away. So at Montereggi you can both enjoy the artistic beauty of our cities and the peace of the Tuscan countryside. The estate is about 50 hectares and the Farm is specialized in the production of organic extra virgin olive oil. The extra virgin olive oil is produced in the private mill and can be tasted by guests and purchased directly from the farm.
Poggiopiano Farm lies, in the hills of Fiesole, only 7 kilometers far from the historical center of Florence. It looks south towards the Arno Valley and is surrounded by olive groves and wine yards. The comfortable environment blends in well with its surroundings and is perfect for ones looking for a relaxing base but close to all the touristic opportunities offered by Florence. The apartments and the rooms are situated in a traditional 17th century Tuscan farmhouse, and related hayloft. They have been carefully refurbished to reflect their original style and architecture of the area. All the rooms and apartments have private facilities and heating. Several apartments have a fireplace for a perfect winter holidays. During the summer the farm has also a swimming pool equipped with sun beds, deck chairs and other garden furniture.For sport and nature lovers, there are hillside walks with beautiful scenic views over the Arno Valley and Florence. Mountain bikes can be rent nearby and there are stables 10 kilometers away for who wishes to go by horseback. Tennis courts (700 meters) and a 18-holes Golf course (15 kilometers) can be found within a short distance of the Farmhouse. The Casentino National Park can be easily reached in 30 minutes by car.Art and culture lovers: Florence and Fiesole are only 7 kilometers away while Siena, Arezzo and Lucca can all be reached in 45 minutes by car. The centre of Florence can be easily reached by bus; the bus stop is 900 meters far from the Farmhouse. The motorway exit (Firenze sud) is 6 kilometers far from the Farmhouse. The owner of Poggiopiano Farm, Mauro Galardi, personally oversees the production, from Organic Agriculture of Chianti Wine, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which have received national awards. He will be happy to enjoy wine and oil tasting together with his Guests.
Villa di Campolungo is a charming hamlet located on one of the hills surrounding Fiesole, 10 km away from the historical city center of Florence. High quality organic extra-virgin olive is produced and sold here. The seven rooms available for rent have been restored according to green standards and trying to preserve the original materials as much as possible. The traditional Tuscan charm of the wooden beams in the ceilings, the stone walls and high quality textiles is combined with contemporary days' comforts: every room is equipped with an independent control system of air conditioning and heating, wifi connection, brand new bathrooms and comfortable wide mattresses. The rooms are adorned with period furnitures and are located in the ancient buildings of the Farmhouse and the Dépendance adjacent the Villa.The complementary soaps and shampoos are made by a local laboratory with the organic extra-virgin olive oil produced at the Villa and are on sale.The hospitality is genuine and personal and the hosts speak English, German and French. The breakfast served includes foods of excellent quality, like local cold cuts and yogurts, organic honeys, cheese, cereals and fruit of various kinds and home-made breads, focaccia bread, cakes, marmalades and omelets.Villa di Campolungo is a commercial farm growing organic products, is energetically self-reliant and has got a photovoltaic system that can produce up to 20 Kw. Garbage is recycled and organic wastes are composted and turned into natural fertilizers for the farm's vegetable garden.Traditional Tuscan cuisine cooking classes are held in the Villa's kitchen upon request. Trails for walking, hiking or mountain biking across the picturesque countryside depart directly from the Villa. Electric pedal assisted bicycles are available to the guests to comfortably roam around the surrounding hills.
Rete di Imprese
Via di Baccano 4, 50014 Fiesole (FI)
Telefono +39 055 5978381