The story of Agriturismo il Giardino started with my grandparents Giovanni and Elide in 1965 when they purchased their first house in the village of Acone. Their son Andrea together with his wife Dina in 2000 opened the first apartment of the Agriturismo, after a long time restoring the property so began the adventure.
In 2013 it was decided that Gabrio, the youngest son of Andrea and Dina, would take over the Agriturismo. His great passion for animals and cooking became a major attraction of Il Giardino.
The guests could visit the farm and meet the inhabitants and could enjoy traditional toscan dishes prepared in the old Taverna on Gabrio’s farm.
The newest addition to the property is Villa Casalta, a short distance from Agriturismo il Giardino. It is a country house that has been completely renovated into indipendent apartments with a private pool overlooking the magnificent valley of Chianti Rufina.
Agriturismo il Giardino and Villa Casalta are the perfect locations for you and your family to escape from day to day life in the beautiful tuscan countryside offering unforgettable experiences. One can simply relax and immerse themselves in the smells, the flavours and the atmosphere of Tuscany, relaxing by the pool.
Alternatively you can take part in one of our cookery classes, visit the frantoio of the farm, where our wonderfull extra vergin olive oil is produced, or maybe visit one of the local vinyards for a guided tour of the cellars and a chance to try the Chianti Rufina wines. For the more adventurous maybe our night time jeep tour to the top of Montegiovi from where you can see the lights of Florence might appeal. If your passion is horses we can offer lessons and trekking on horseback for all abilities from beginner to experienced. Maybe you would like to join the locals in searching for the famous truffles in the hills above our farm. For the younger visitors together with their parents we can offer pony rides in the countryside.
The closeness of many beautiful tuscan cities such as Firenze, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Pisa and Lucca make this the perfect location for your holiday.
Agriturismo il Giardino is proud to present its new activities program for schools of the area around Florence. We have created several workshops regarding the reality of our farm, with the will to share our experience and passion with the new generations.
If you would like to have during your holiday a unique experience Agriturismo il Giardino and Villa Casalta are able to offer you a chance to relax and have fun! If you are in love with horses and animals, if you would like to try a night time jeep experience, or if you’d like to learn more about the culinary art of Tuscany, with tasting of olive oil and wine or cooking lessons we can help.
For many years Agriturismo il Giardino has endevoured to work with local schools, children and families who wish to visit animals in their natural environment on the farm.
Within The Agriturismo il Giardino you will find the old Taverna dating back to 1400: once it was part of a monastery but today it is the home of Gabrio and his family where they are creating recepies using biological products km 0.
This place was simply amazing! My husband and I stayed there with his parents, brother and sister-in-law for 1 week. I have to admit, when we were driving up, I was freaking out! Where the heck were were going?! When I saw the rooms, I wasn't super impressed either. They are dated, furniture is dated, the room felt very cold. But as soon as we met Gabrio, and got a glimpse of our amazing view for the week, none of that mattered anymore. And then we tasted the food...and I never wanted to leave! This place is the real deal agriturismo. The staff are so dedicated and hard-working and the food is phenomenal. Every meal I had blew me away! I felt like I had a personal chef because every morning Gabrio would ask us what we wanted to eat for dinner. He would make suggestions and create a personalized menu for us. He always made us taste local dishes and the portions were abundant! I had some of the best food I have ever had in all of Italy! I would definitely recommend having dinner there if you decide to book this place. FYI: they do not serve dinner on Thursdays. You are far enough to enjoy some peace and quiet, but close enough to so many great cities that makes day-tripping easy. In 1 week we visited Florence, Siena, Greve in Chianti, Panzano, Lucca, Il Castello del Trebbio, and we did a wine tasting in Poggio alla Malva. Amazing, super generous, friendly staff. You feel like family! I can't say enough positive things about Gabrio, Dorina and Caterina. An incredible experience and a place I am truly looking forward to visiting again someday. I highly recommend this place!
The place is perfect to experience country side in Tuscany. People are great, very welcoming and very open to accommodate you (example food requests). The nature surrounding the place, view from the villa, the calm and the birds singing made this an authentic trip and an amazing experience. It is great for both families with children (nature, pool, animals) as well as for a solo trip, to find oneself. Riding instructor was very kind, patient and experienced and clearly loved the horses. The food and the sweets were delicious...be warned of the extra weight you might gain:). Gabrio and Dorina, thank you for receiving me and for making this an unforgettable experience!
Couldn't have asked for any better, the best experience ever! Speechless surrounding, it seems like the time has stopped here. Amazing food, and such a lovely staff! And what to say about the horses...so well trained. We felt safe, got lot of fun and will keep this memories forever. Can only recommend this place!
Great people and great food. The surroundings are breath taking. Come hungry as Gabrio will make sure you do not leave with an empty stomach.