How tempting is it to run off to a rustic Tuscan villa? To just drive the rolling, vineyard- and olive grove–lined hills of Tuscany until you find the perfect one to painstakingly, lovingly restore, à la Under the Tuscan Sun, where you can produce your own olive oil and wine, grow your own vegetables, go for long bike rides in search of Etruscan ruins, and befriend the locals in the nearest village despite speaking nary a word of Italian? That’s pretty much what a stay at the Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort is like, except they’ve done the heavy lifting for you. The Pasquali family spent two years transforming the 17th-century villa, once the domain of the noble Florentine Roti Michelozzi family, into a rustic retreat and working olive oil farm. Now, guests can waltz in and lounge by the pool, take long walks through the orchards, sample the house olive oils, dine alfresco on fresh local cuisine, and learn to cook Tuscan specialties with the chef. The surrounding countryside is yours for the taking, with horseback riding, biking, and hiking excursions on nature trails up to Monte Giovi.
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On a hillside in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti Rufina district, overlooking the Mugello Valley, Villa Campestri is located in one of the world’s most picturesque and abundant regions, known for its world-class olive oil and wine as much as for its rich history. Florence is just 22 miles away—perfect for a day trip to the Duomo, Galleria degli Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio—but there’s more than enough to do in the surrounding area, from wine tastings along the Strada del Chianti Rufina to tours of the Mugello Valley’s ancient towns, from which such Renaissance painters as Giotto, Beato Angelico, and Galileo Chini hailed. Horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking are all popular pastimes, and history buffs will find plenty of Roman and Etruscan ruins in the area.
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Rooms: 26 rooms, four suites, four apartments. From $136. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options:It’s no surprise that Villa Campestri’s L’Olivaia restaurant serves top-notch, rustic Tuscan cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, made to highlight its various housemade olive oils. An extensive free breakfast is served daily—a veritable feast that includes everything from homemade baked goods and jams to meats, eggs, and cheeses—and meals can be taken in the homey dining room, on the terrace, or in the gardens. One of the apartments has its own kitchen, which is convenient for longer stays. The hotel also offers traditional Tuscan cooking classes, which include a lunch. Spa and gym details:The resort doesn’t have a spa per se, but it does offer a range of olive oil massages, as well as a shiatsu massage done without olive oil. There’s no gym, but hiking the grounds and taking grove tours can be strenuous exercise; the hotel also offers mountain bikes for guests to borrow and provides trail maps for riders of every strength and experience. The hotel also has a swimming pool.
Who's it best for: Active and food-loving couples, solo travelers, groups, and families. Our favorite rooms:The buildings’ original layouts have been preserved, so each room is different in size, shape, and decor. The Dahlia apartment has its own kitchen, while the Honeymoon Suite has an 18th-century four-poster bed, and the spacious Three-Bedroom Deluxe Family Apartment overlooks the park from rooms decorated with antique Persian rugs and local artisan-made ceramics. Delicious amenities:Foodies will love the activities at Villa Campestri, which include olive oil tastings, truffle hunting, honey and beehive classes, and a full range of cooking classes with the resort’s chef.