We had several of our guests stay at the beautiful Villa San Piero this past summer. Located in the picturesque countryside, and only a short drive from the city of Florence, this luxury traditional Tuscan farmhouse rental is situated on a 1500-acre private estate. It includes an organic farm, a certified white truffle hunting ground, and a 1000-year-old convent.
Our guests wanted to explore Florence and this amazing Tuscan region to the fullest while also enjoying unique at-home experiences during their stay. Here is the trip itinerary we created for them, and they found it truly enjoyable. Keep reading for ideas on how to spend the perfect week in Florence and the surrounding area.
Enjoy an effortless holiday and request groceries to be stocked at the villa for your arrival. Additionally, Villa San Piero offers a wine cellar with a selection of local wines. Guests can choose their wines on-site and pay for them upon check-out.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Florence Airport to Villa San Piero.
Daily breakfast (included in the rental of Villa San Piero and served every day, except Saturday)
Enjoy a farm-to-table continental breakfast buffet served by the villa staff between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM. The breakfast buffet selection includes: freshly brewed coffee, espresso, a tea selection, whole milk, fresh juices, daily fresh bread and pastries, baked goods, locally farmed honey, a selection of local jams and preserves, local cheese choices, locally sourced cold cuts, yogurt, seasonal fresh fruit, a variety of cereals, and biscotti/snacks. Additionally, a member of the villa staff will be at your service during breakfast hours and will prepare hot dishes, such as eggs, bacon, or sausage upon request.
Two-way transfer: property to Florence (about 50 min drive from Villa San Piero to the center of Florence).
Florence guided tour
Enjoy a walking city tour and a visit to one museum, with a total duration of 2.5-3 hours. You will meet your guide at Piazza Santa Croce to commence the walking city tour, which will last approximately one and a half hours. Your exploration of the city can then continue with a visit to one of Italy’s most renowned museums. You have the option to choose between the Accademia, where Michelangelo’s David is displayed, the Uffizi Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of Florentine Renaissance paintings, or the Palazzo Vecchio, ideal for those passionate about the Medici family. For families with children, we have also organized an interactive, kid-oriented tour.
Weekly market in Borgo San Lorenzo (about 10 min drive from Villa San Piero)
Borgo San Lorenzo is a charming town in the heart of the Mugello countryside, surrounded by churches and renowned for its ceramics. The market takes place on Tuesday mornings in the main square and along the central streets. You can find a variety of items, including vegetables, cheeses, and delectable street food.
Lunch in the gardens of your villa
At-home pizza making class followed by dinner
Pizza making class is one of our Top 5 Experiences in Tuscany. The experience takes approximately 4 hours and includes lunch or dinner. It will allow you to master the art of pizza making using a 300-year-old brick oven with a wood fire. The chef will guide you through the steps of selecting the perfect flour mix, stretching the dough, and completing the process.
Example of lunch/dinner menu:
– Pizza with various toppings for all the participants in the group
– Nutella pizza for dessert
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Full day service (8 hours), visiting Siena and San Gimignano. Both are located approximately a 1-hour and 30-minute drive from Villa San Piero.
Truffle hunting and lunch (walking distance from Villa San Piero)
Villa San Piero’s Estate boasts a centuries-old truffle hunting ground, yielding both black ‘Scorzone’ and white truffles. Guests can join a local guide and a truffle dog for a 2-2.5 hour hunt in the morning. Learn the ancient art of truffle hunting, discover various truffle types, and their associations with trees and shrubs. Your hunt concludes with a delightful farmhouse lunch.
Menu example for the truffle lunch:
– Crouton with local semi-aged cheese and freshly grated truffle
– Handmade tagliolini pasta with freshly grated truffle
– White meat scaloppine cooked in white wine, topped with freshly grated truffle
– Cantucci with Vin Santo for dessert
Relaxing afternoon at your villa
Two-way transfer: property to Florence (about 50 min drive from Villa San Piero).
Horseback riding at a nearby ranch (about 20 min drive from Villa San Piero)
A horseback riding experience lasts for 1 hour. For families with young children who can’t yet ride their own horse, the ranch also offers a kid-friendly experience. While the adults are riding, the kids will brush and prepare the horse, help put the saddle on it, and go for a short ride accompanied by one of the horse instructors.
Lunch cooked by private chef at your villa
– Panzanella, a typical Tuscan summer salad with bread croutons, fresh tomatoes, celery, and onion
– Organic chickpeas with mackerel filet, onion, fresh tomatoes, vapers, and fresh marjoram
For our guests at Villa San Piero, we have also arranged other services, including private Pilates sessions, swimming classes for children in the villa’s pool, fishing with a local fishing guide at the nearby Bilancino lake, and golf reservations at the nearby Poggio Dei Medici Golf Club. Should you book Villa San Piero with us, the A.M.A Selections concierge team will tailor your holiday according to your tastes and preferences.
Surrounded by ancient oak woods, this luxury vacation rental offers an unparalleled level of privacy. It features a swimming pool, a billiard table, a pizza oven, a dining terrace, and beautiful, spacious gardens. Spread over three floors, Villa San Piero offers a fully equipped kitchen with a stunning central marble table, an elegant dining room that can accommodate 12 guests, a spacious living room, and six beautiful bedrooms. Five of the bedrooms are located on the first floor, while the sixth bedroom has independent access via the courtyard.
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