Home to Chianti, Mugello and the Arno Valley among others, the countryside near Florence offers countless options for enjoying the rural lifestyle – with several agriturismo found within easy reach of the Renaissance city.
One of the most popular destinations in Italy, beautiful Florence certainly needs no introduction. But the cradle of the Renaissance era can also be discovered in combination with enjoying the nature and country lifestyle of the surrounding hills. These are some of the best holiday farms – aka agriturismos – located near the city, all of which offer an enticing mix of simple pleasures and warm hospitality immersed in scenic rural settings.
This 17th-century noble villa is conveniently located 10km from Florence, also near the core of the Chianti region. It is surrounded by a floral park and a vast olive grove, from which honey and extra-virgin olive oil are made. An original 18th-century olive press can be found in one of the farm’s communal areas, while the terrace, swimming pool and loggia of the manor tower offer panoramic viewing spots. Livestock including ponies, hens and sheep are kept here, too. The rooms accommodate two to four people, offering modern comforts in an elegant country ambience. From €97per night.
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 offer direct access to a large terrace. A barbecue, wood oven and a seasonal swimming pool are among the amenities. The farm produces a range of organic products including extra virgin olive oil, fruit and vegetables, eggs and jams. From €110 per night.
Fattoria di Maiano
Fattoria di Maiano boasts several rooms and apartments that harmoniously combine contemporary comforts with classic Italian countryside design hallmarks. 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 park dating back to the end of the 19th century. A barbecue, swimming pool, and oil mill open to visitors are among the nearby amenities and activities on offer. There’s also an on-site restaurant, Lo Spaccio, where guests can sample the farm’s own produce. From €251 per night.
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 by joining guided tasting sessions. Fully renovated, this period farmhouse still retains some of its original features and rustic style, offering a range of apartments as well as private rooms. Activities that can be booked at the reception include rafting, yoga, mountain biking and excursions to Florence, while a barbecue and a panoramic swimming pool are also available. From €85 per night.
Tenuta Torre Rossa
A 10-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. From €157 per night.