Tenuta di Artimino is a wine estate surrounded by 700 hectares of vineyards and olive trees, located in the Tuscan hills about 25km from Florence. The estate is made up of this large villa named Villa Medicea La Ferdinanda, the main hotel and a medieval village with rentable apartments about 7 minutes walk from the main estate. Purchased in 1989 by the Olmo family, is has been renovated and restored into this marvellous estate that produces wine, olive oil and acts as a wellness paradise ever since.
The hotel is ideal for anybody who is looking for a charming, authentic spot to escape for the weekend. The 37 rooms have been restored preserve all the romance of an ancient residence with a minimalistic approach. Here, all the small details make a difference: even the bath curtains are beautifully adorned with lace. With regards to the cuisine, the in-house restaurant called Biagio Pignatta serves up traditional Tuscan cuisine that fully captures the essence of the estate. The menu features seasonal dishes that come both from the vegetable garden and local suppliers. You can find things like mushroom and truffle risotto or Tuscan Sausage with grapes.
There are many things you can do in Artimino, from wellness treatments such as Wine Therapy; consisting of a warm bath in a tub whilst sipping on a glass of wine to a chic-nic, a picnic in the gardens of the Villa Medicea in which you’ll receive a little basket filled with delicious, light foods and a bottle of rosé. Furthermore, you can part-take in a 2hr cooking course with the Executive chef and learn how to make the signature cantucci, traditional Tuscan biscuits (and if you’re lucky enough you can take home your expertise and make these treats for your loved ones). As Tenuta di Artimino is a wine estate, the activities also extend to vineyard tours and wine tasting (the Vin Ruspo rosé is a must).
As for the icon of the estate: Villa Medicea La Ferdinanda is open to visitation with a guide for guests and for non-guests, only on the first Sunday of every month. Its frescoes are well preserved and are truly mesmerising; they are worth the drive!
PS. top tip: don’t forget to make a pit-stop at Gelateria La Torre in the borgo, it’s an exquisite ice-cream shop.