Castello La Leccia is certainly more than your average farmstay agriturismo, even Tuscan agriturismo. It is a restored medieval hamlet with an eleventh century castle on a working organic vineyard and olive farm, and is a truly luxurious place with some stunning views over the Chianti Hills. THE ACCOMMODATION: It is high on a hill between Siena and Florence, near the town of Castellina in Chianti, and has lovely views from the terrace of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Their Read more [...]
Near the city of Florence and nearer still to Leonardo’s home town of Vinci, Chianti, Tuscany, Agriturismo Colle da Vinci is a classically rustic hillside farmhouse surrounded by organic olive groves and enjoys some stunning views of the Montalbano Valley, especially from the ideally placed swimming pool in the gardens.
There are five pleasantly old style self catering farmhouse apartments, which can sleep up to four with one double bedroom and one double sofa bed in the lounge and children’s cots can also be provided if needed. You can check your options on the booking page here, and be advised there is a two night minimum stay.
They are all spacious and well equipped and you’ll find them bright, airy and comfortable. Though the bathrooms err on the side of modern the general feel is of a homely, rustic Tuscan farmhouse, with wood beamed or brick ceilings, tiled floors and crisp white walls. WiFi and satellite flat screen TVs feature too though and the standards of comfort and cleanliness are certainly of the modern age.
Outside they all have their own semi private space with table and chairs and with the agriturismo having such a wonderful hillside location there are wonderful views of the Montalbano Valley to be enjoyed from all around.
The well tended gardens have a swimming pool from where you can also admire the views and in general there is plenty of space to lounge around or dine al fresco on the terraces or around the gardens. There’s a barbecue area too, and a play area for kids.
The main business of the farm is in the making of organic extra virgin olive oil which guests are welcome to sample and of course also to buy to take home. You can also learn about farm work from the friendly owners; the processes involved in the growing and pressing of the olives etc.
Agriturismo Colle da Vinci is just outside Leonardo’s home town of Vinci (which is still, for historic reasons, actually a city) and also lies within the Montalbano Natural Park, which was once named Barco Reale, a famous hunting ground created by Florence’s most famous nobility; the House of Medici.
Thus during medieval times it was kept as wild country but these days agriculture holds sway; the area is a classic Tuscan terrain of gentle rolling hills, winding roads, farms, olive groves and vineyards.
Speaking of winding roads there is no real public transport around the agriturismo. If coming by public transport then Vinci is generally fairly well serviced by bus from Florence especially in summer or you can take the train to Empoli and then get a bus to Vinci from there.
Once in Vinci, or in Empoli the only option is to take a taxi to the agriturismo. The whole journey, whichever way, shouldn’t take much more than an hour. The best thing by far in rural Tuscany though is to have or to rent your own car, there is just so much to discover.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Our stay was tremendous, thanks to the location and surrounding of Colle da Vinci – panoramic view, peace and quiet, spacious apartment and garden with all kinds of sitting areas and utilities, lovely swimming pool. The kitchen was well equipped. There are many places to visit and see nearby – one cannot decide whether to stay and relax in the garden or to take a trip around area…”
“Everything was great, the apartment, the view, the owner. We really enjoyed our stay, very recommended…”
Address: Via Carmignanese 321
- Laundry Facilities
- Swimming Pool