Agriturismo Villa Vignamaggio near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, is quite a famous place whose main claim to fame is as the supposed birthplace of Leonardo De Vinci’s most famous subject; Mona Lisa. It’s impossible to prove this of course but true or not it certainly feels like a place deeply in touch with Tuscan history. So much so in fact that it was actually used as a set for Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 movie version of the Shakespearen play Much Ado Read more [...]
On a 60 hectacre working organic farm producing extra virgin olive oil and award winning red and white wines, this delightful Agriturismo near San Gimignano and the cities of Siena and Florence, Tuscany, has a lovely hillside setting with tremendous views over the surrounding countryside.
They offer a range of rustic style self-catering apartments, which have wood beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, a living room/lounge area and a kitchen plus their own private garden with seating.
There is a lot of lovely space outside, with a swimming pool, a playground and plenty of space to dine or to relax and just take in the Tuscan sun, surrounded by the vineyards and olive groves.
THE FARM, THE FOOD & THE WINE:
Their farm is a full 60 acres of vineyard and olive groves and has won awards for its wine, both whites and reds as well as that Tuscan classic dessert wine, Vin Santo. It also produces a large amount of extra virgin olive oil, with around 2500 olive trees on the farm.
All of it is organic which requires an extra level of care and attention and the owners are happy to share some of the secrets with guests. They do full tours of the farm, the winery and the production lines, and their enthusiasm for the craft is infectious. Of course you are welcome to buy some of their produce to take home or you can even arrange to have it shipped home for you after your departure.
Even by Tuscan standards this farmstay has an enviable location being just three kilometers from the gorgeous medieval town of San Gimignano. It is surrounded by classically beautiful Tuscan countryside, and being nearly 350 meters above sea level, the views are quite special, and make it a quite inspiring place for painters and photographers.
It is also on the ancient pilgrimage route; the Via Francigena, which in medieval times ran from England, France and Switzerland all the way down through Italy to Rome. You can walk or cycle along the route and also take in some of the local historical religious sights like the Sanctuary of Madonna di Pancole, and the Pieve of S. Maria Assunta in Cellole.
The very historic town of San Gimignano itself might not need any introduction to even casual visitors to Siena and Tuscany, being one of the must see destinations of both. Its iconic early medieval era towers, 14 in all, its 13th-century fortress walls and its ancient little streets have been attracting cultured visitors for generations now, and it offers many great restaurants, cafes and local food shops to cater for them.
It is, as mentioned, just 3km from the farmstay and makes a great walk or cycle (you can borrow bikes from the farmhouse), though be prepared obviously for the hills at both your arrival and return!
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“A great place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views from all around the property.”
“Had a hilltop Tuscan winery B&B on my bucket list and it was everything I imagined! Great secluded location, off the main road, with great views of the Tuscan countryside, epic sunsets and great wine.”
Address: Località Pancole
- Laundry Facilities
- Bikes For Hire
- Swimming Pool