Visit the local markets
around the central piazzas of Vicchio di Mugello on a Thursday morning, and at Borgo San Lorenzo on a Tuesday morning.
One of the most beautiful cities in Italy, if not the world, Florence (or Firenze in Italian) must be visited, if only for a day. Surrounded by the beautiful Florentine hills, the city sits either side of the River Arno in a natural bowl. The ‘centro storico’ consists of an overwhelming abundance of Renaissance ‘palazzi’, museums and churches that are world famous for their beauty, art and history. From the station in Vicchio you can get a direct train to Florence, the journey takes about an hour.
Always wanted to fly?
The Mugello gliding club in Borgo San Lorenzo is conveniently close if you have always fancied trying your hand at gliding!
can fish at the Lago di Montelleri lake in Vicchio.
Poggio dei Medici is an 18 hole Championship golf course, only about half an hour's drive away from the villa. 6452 metres and par 72, it has 5 different starting tees for a challenging round for any player. And beautiful views of the verdant Mugello valley to enjoy.
For those who need to work off some energy on holiday, tennis is available at Borgo San Lorenzo and horse riding at Vicchio.
Walk from Vicchio to Gattaia
There is a beautiful walk from Vicchio to Gattaia which enjoys spectacular views of the mountains that surround the Mugello valley.
The sculpture gardens of Villa Demidoff
Commissioned by Francesco I de' Medici in the 16th century Villa Demidoff and the nearby Villa di Pratolino took over 12 years to complete. The end result was a stunning near-labyrinth of natural caves, lakes and massive sculptures. Of the statuary, the 16th century 'Appennine Colossus' is the main focal point of the landscape.
Discover Vicchio's artists
Vicchio was the birthplace of two famous Italian painters: Giotto and Beato Angelico. Make sure you include a visit to the Beato Angelico Museum, Giotto's home in the hamlet of Vespignano and the Cimabeu's bridge. Legend has it that this is where the painter Cimabeu encountered Giotto painting a sheep onto a rock and was so impressed that he took him in as an apprentice at his workshop in Florence.
Just outside Vicchio you will find Lake Montelleri. Bring a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the lake-side or if you are feeling more energetic, there is canoeing available and mountain bike and hiking trails.
Visit a winery
Just 20 minutes from Villa Giotto, the Frascole estate overlooks the town of Dicomano. This family-owned estate produces Chianti Rufina DOC red wines and offers wine tastings on Tuesday afternoons. The wine cellar is open for visits Mondays to Saturday afternoons. They also produce their own olive oil.
Just a 30 minute drive from Villa Giotto, you will find Lake Bilancino. There are two beach restaurants and and various sports and outdoor activities to be enjoyed: canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, as well as hikes, mountain bike rides, and bird-watching in the WWF nature reserve.
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