One of the most popular destinations in Italy, Florence certainly needs no introduction. But the cradle of the Renaissance era can also be discovered while enjoying the nature and country lifestyle in the surrounding hills. These are some of the best holiday farms located near the city, all of which offer relaxing, simple pleasures, warm hospitality and genuine homemade produce.
Agriturismo Il Poderaccio is housed in an eco-friendly farmstead surrounded by the olive trees and farmland of the Scandicci hill. It offers four apartments with views over Florence (located just 10km away), as well as a smaller 25 square metre studio looking out over the mountain. All accommodations come equipped with a kitchen area, while some have direct access to the farmstead’s large terrace. A barbecue, wood oven and swimming pool (from June to October) are among the amenities provided. The farm produces a range of organic products such as extra virgin olive oil, fruit and vegetables, eggs and jams.
Fattoria di Maiano
Fattoria di Maiano boasts several rooms and apartments that harmoniously combine contemporary comforts with classic Italian countryside design hallmarks. Other notable features include an English-style botanic garden nestled within an educational farm, a tea house, an ancient tower that’s been converted into a luxury suite, and a Romantic park dating back to the end of the 19th century. A BBQ, a swimming pool, and an oil mill open to visitors are some of the nearby amenities and activities. There’s also an on-site restaurant, Lo Spaccio, where guests can sample the farm’s own produce.
I Viticci is a traditional agriturismo lulled by the smooth slopes of the Chianti countryside. A 15th-century farmhouse within easy reach of Florence, it features furnishing and décor celebrating Tuscan heritage, while the outside area is equipped with a swimming pool, private parking and play area. Oil, wine, honey and jam are produced in-house, and cooking classes are available to immerse yourself in the local home cuisine. Dogs are welcome and can be looked after upon request.
Fattoria di Poggiopiano
Committed to sustainable tourism focused on food and wine, Fattoria di Poggiopiano produces organic olive oil and wine which can be sampled through guided tasting sessions. Fully renovated, this period farmhouse still shows some of its original features and rustic style, offering a range of apartments as well as private rooms. The activities that can be booked at the reception include rafting, yoga, mountain biking and visits to Florence, while a barbecue and a panoramic swimming are also available.
A ten-minute drive from Florence city centre, Tenuta Torre Rossa is ideal for those who want to combine art and culture with nature and relaxation. The seven apartments available boast large and modern spaces, some of which also include a private garden. In between visits to the main attractions of Florence, guests can explore the farm, join a cooking class, or sample the Torre Rossa extra virgin olive oil. Chianti tours are also available upon request.