The Fattoria dell’Orto degli Ulivi is a very old farm built around the end of 12th century in the hills just outside Florence. The farmhouse overlooks the beautiful Tuscan countryside and the working farm: rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, grazing animals, woods, and a pool where guests can refresh themselves on warm summer days. The farm is run by the most loving and welcoming of families: Lara, Antonio, Rocco, Sofia and Matilde. Their wish is to make all of their guests feel like they are at home.
The farmhouse offers 5 comfortable and romantic rooms furnished according to traditional rustic style. One of these rooms is situated in the beautiful medieval tower (and thus called the Tower room). The farm is a lovely, peaceful place to relax by the pool (open from mid-May through mid-September) amongst vineyards, olive groves and woods. The farm can accommodate up to 10 people at a time during the summer season by the week. In the rest of the year, it is possible to book just a room instead of the whole house and for shorter stays. Guests can enjoy free Wifi internet on the property during their stay.
The Fattoria follows an organic and biodynamic system:the chickens are allowed to roam freely among the fruit groves, producing fresh eggs and eating parasites while offering fresh compost for the area. Sheep and lambs graze across the entire farm, eating weeds among the vineyards and olive froves, contributing again to the ecosystem of the ground. While vegetables and fruits are harvested to be eaten fresh, they are also transformed into delicious sauces and jams that can be tasted at the farm as well as taken home as souvenirs of your stay at this Tuscan farm. The milk from the sheep becomes fresh rose cheese or chive cheese, the grapes are transformed into organic wine, the olives into fantastic extra-virgin olive oil... these, along with the jams and lavendar and olive oil soap are just some of the products sold here and across the world!
At just a 15-minute train ride from Florence, Fattoria dell'Orto degli Ulivi is a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city - a place to retreat, where one can pick blackberries in the morning to make jam in the late afternoon, where one can relax with a book and a blanket under the shade of on olive tree, where one can enjoy the freshest and most delicious farm-to-table food under a clear, starry sky.
The farmhouse offers the ideal accommodation for spending a peaceful holiday in the Tuscan countryside. During the summer, the 5 bedroom house is rented as whole which makes it perfect for a family or group of friends traveling together or meeting to celebrate a special occasion, such as a wedding or special birthday or anniversary. During the rest of the year, the houses' 5 rooms are available individually, giving the chance for couples and small families the chance to also enjoy our beautiful estate and farm.
The ideal place for ceremonies and family reunions
The area in the hills of Florence and the characteristic Tuscan landscape make the farm the ideal setting for a ceremony or special event to share with family and friends. Whether your event is large or small, whatever your culinary preferences, the farm is ready to create a memorable occasion highlighted with delicious cuisine.
Fattoria dell’Orto degli Ulivi is a farm where rural Tuscan traditions are alive, and in Lara's kitchen, her handmade pasta, whole-grain home baked bread, egg tagliatelle pasta with aromatic herbs, and lasagna are still made today following her grandmother Bruna's recipes. Upon request, Lara will organize short cooking lessons and share her knowledge of these traditional recipes. If you'd love to learn, don’t wait and book your cooking lessons and stay today!