During one of my numerous trips to Florence this year, I had the very big pleasure to discover a magnificent property in the heart of Tuscany: Relais Villa Olmo. This sublime hidden gem is located in the Chianti region, only 20 minutes by car from Florence city center! A perfect spot to relax and really enjoy the Italian dream, tasting exquisite wine and eating delicious food, surrounded by beautiful nature! This Relais offers suites and private villas too, together with its own restaurant, a big swimming-pool and a remarkable wine cellar!
During my epic stay, I had the pleasure to enjoy “Villa Rosa”, which is a small house separated from the main building, with its own swimming pool, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room with its own kitchen and a private garden! What a blessing!
As soon as I got in, I immediately perceived a warm “homie” atmosphere, very cozy. The interiors are brand new, but keeping the rural style typical of the country side. Absolutely on point!
Together with the lovely atmosphere, also the welcome was very warm: champagne and fresh patisserie!
The owners of Relais Villa Olmo have also their own wine and olive oil branding, called “Diadema”. In partnership with Swarovski, they created their super fancy bottles, both for the wines as well as for the olive oil!
As mentioned, Villa Rosa has its own private outdoor swimming-pool, perfect to enjoy the beautiful country side with even more privacy!
When I reached the venue, I was starving. So I asked please if I could get some easy Italian lunch in the garden of my villa-suite. I could not imagine I was about to eat one of the best pasta ‘pomodoro fresco e basilico’ that I have ever had! So simple and so incredibly good! :/)
The Tuscan olive oil is well-known for being very tasty and exquisite. I loved the Diadema olive oil as much as I loved their wines indeed!
After sleeping so well due to the perfect quietness and calmness, I ordered as usual the breakfast in my room, asking to serve it on the garden-table. I wasn’t aware of the fact that I was about to have one of the most glorious breakfasts ever!
They divinely prepared this breakfast with all the most delicious Italian delicatessens! Fresh juices, fresh fruits, home made bread and croissants, cheese, ham… and of course, a great bottle of rosé wine! I was in heaven! 🙂
As you probably already perceived, the food and wine at Relais Villa Olmo are absolutely on point! The “Diadema Restaurant” offers indeed very unique Italian meals, with local recipes using the most organic products from their territory. It is possible to book a table also as non-guests of the hotel.
The first night I had the pleasure to have a delightful dinner, trying several dishes paired with several different wines. Truly a remarkable Italian food experience! 🙂
THE WINE LAB
The most unforgettable experience at Relais Villa Olmo has surely been the ‘Wine-Lab’! Being a wine lover, I loved playing with different wines trying to make my own blend. It has been the very first time for me, surely a very unique experience for most guests too – I am sure! 🙂
We arrived there and the fabulous Ms. Serena – their fantastic Sommelier – welcomed us and introduced us to our wine-lab experience. Not only a lovely woman, but also a great wine connoisseur with a remarkable expertise. Her professionalism made the entire afternoon truly magnificent!
We literally played with different wines to make our own blend, according to each one’s taste. It’s been so much fun and we laughed indeed! Such a splendid way to know the local wine even better! i took my notes, and this was the result:
Moreover, I learnt more also about the Diadema Wine made in amphoras! This is such a particular and unusual technique, and in fact they are currently experimenting it with a small production. I had the pleasure to taste it and it was very good! The interesting fact is that the amphoras are made in Impruneta – the small town where the Relais is located – as they are historically a typical product of this area. How fascinating!
The Relais Villa Olmo is surely ‘one-of-a-kind’ destination and I personally cannot wait to go back there myself! Therefore, it is surely highly recommended!
And you… Are you lusting for the sublime?