Farm Holiday: Environs
Reggello, next to Florence
and to the most important cities in Tuscany, boasts many interesting abbeys, country churches and monasteries. Very close to the farmhouse you can visit wonderful examples of Romanesque art, such as the parish church at Pitiana
with works of Ghirlandaio
, the parish church of Cascia
with the triptych “San Giovenale” by Masaccio
or the church of St. Agatha;
at a very short distance the thousand year old complex of the benedictine Abbey at Vallombrosa
After a short drive you can reach the shopping outlet “The Mall”
where you can buy designer clothes and accessories by Gucci
and many others at bargain prices.
Even in full summer, the cool climate of this area allows you to have long walks or bike rides along secluded pathways and in oak woods, where you can sight pheasants, hares and deer. A cattle herd grazes in the estate fields.
It is also possible to have horse rides, as you can hire a horse in one of the several nearby riding schools
. In the estate there is a rare and spectacular limestone formation, dominating the valley, called “I Calanchi di Corchi”
Staying at the farmhouse you can recreate and experience the suggestive atmosphere described by Virgil in the II book of The Georgics
, praising country life: “At secura quies et nescia fallere vita, dives opum variarum, at latis otia fundis, speluncae vivique lacus et frigida Tempe mugitusque boum mollesque sub arbore somni non absunt”.