Tuscany is the spot for food and wine lovers

 Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort in Vicchio, a municipality in the Province of Florence.

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Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort in Vicchio, a municipality in the Province of Florence.

It’s no secret that Italians take their food and wine seriously.

But in Tuscany, the passion runs much deeper than just producing perfect samples of gelato, risotto and Chianti.

The region in central Italy boasts a whole resort built around an olive oil theme, an entire town devoted to knife production, and a natural spring that the Medici family once drank from that’s now the source of a premium bottled water.

While Florence is a highlight of any Tuscan trip, build time around touring the culturally rich capital city for day trips and overnight excursions.

The pool at the Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort in Vicchio

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The pool at the Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort in Vicchio

A good start is the Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort. Just 22 miles northeast of the city of Florence, it’s super-relaxing and a great base for taking off to other area attractions like the wineries of the Chianti Rufina area, 4 miles from the hotel.

Gorgeous views of the Mugello Valley and the Chianti Rufina area are only part of Villa Campestri’s charm. With its own olive grove onsite, it’s the first olive oil resort in the world. Guests can take part in olive oil tastings, get an olive oil massage and dine in a restaurant where almost everything is made or served with extra-virgin olive oil produced on the property. A must-try on the menu is the olive oil gelato, packed with flavor and topped with chocolate flakes and strawberries.

Olive oil beauty treatments here include the “Jet Lag Recovery Massage” ($ 110). Treatments can take place in a variety of settings, including inside a private bamboo-enclosed circle outside, not far from the olive groves.

During the warmer months, a pool set between hills lets guests swim with a view. The 25 guest rooms are in a restored Renaissance house that’s 492 yards above sea level. Should you grow tired of taking in the scenery, Villa Campestri offers a variety of activities including painting courses, guided bike tours, truffle hunts and cooking courses.

Olive oil gelato, served at L’Olivaiathe, the restaurant at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort in Vicchio

Olive oil gelato, served at L’Olivaiathe, the restaurant at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort in Vicchio

For about $ 70 per person, guests can take a 60-minute olive oil tasting course. After smelling and tasting different samples, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to tell the difference between them, and how some can be fruity, while others, spicy or bitter, depending on where the olives were grown and the conditions the oil was stored in.

The Olive Oil Resort is in Vicchio, a municipality in the province of Florence. Another municipality worth visiting is Scarperia, known for knife production.


Lifestyle – NY Daily News

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