It’s cold and cosy weather. You want to escape to somewhere beautiful and close to Rome but not plagued with tourists. Somewhere rustic where you can learn to make pasta and devour a breakfast of homemade cakes and bread while chatting with an affectionate Italian family who make their own olive oil and believe in quality of life. Somewhere romantic where you can dine in authentic restaurants in the quaint village of Fiesole, take in the glamour and culture of Florence, explore the walking trails right outside the villa and come home at the end of the day to a luxurious but ever so personal suite with timber trussed ceilings, heavy Tuscan drapery, fresh flowers from the garden and a bed so deep and sumptuous you’re at risk of spending all day under the covers.
The owner of this charming agriturismo Villa di Campolungo is Silvia and her warmth and attention to detail is evident throughout the entire property. While the villa is nestled in the hills of Fiesole in a rural hamlet that dates back to 1427, and you wake to crisp Tuscan air and the aroma of fresh bread baking, don’t think you’ll be roughing it. This luxury farm stay just opened this year and the suites all have wifi, decadent bathrooms and are probably the largest bedrooms I’ve ever encountered in Italy. Silvia’s cooking classes are intimate and invaluable and she can also arrange wine tours.
Don’t miss the cutest little hole-in-the-wall restaurant Vinandro in Fiesole (www.vinandrofiesole.com), where you can eat a hearty ribollita or risotto, followed by delicious dolci, in distinct contrast with the tourist traps on the other side of the piazza.
Villa di Campolungo is perfect for friends, families, foodies, romantics, escapists, outdoorsy types and Italophiles. Trust me, it’s worth it even if you can only stay overnight!
Villa di Campolungo
Via Campilongo, 1 – Fiesole (Florence)
How to get there:
3 hours from Rome by car.
It’s recommended to rent a car to get around, however, the owners can pick you up from Fiesole train station if need be. Stazione Fiesole Caldine (linea ferroviaria Firenze – Borgo san Lorenzo – Faenza)