A DELIGHTFUL FARMHOUSE IN TUSCANY
L'Olmo is situated in a secluded and elevated position, 600 meters above the village of Londa with spectacular panoramic views of a unique and undiscovered area of Tuscany known as the Mugello/Val di Sieve.
The area is served by 3 major airports - Florence, Pisa and Bologna and is easily accessed from the A1 autostrada at Barberino di Mugello in the north and Incisa and Firenze Sud in the south. We provide detailed directions of how to reach L'Olmo by car. Londa is just 45 minutes from Florence by train.
HOW TO REACH US
GETTING TO L'OLMO - SUMMER 2020
Travel by Car
Because of restricted travel options likely to be caused by the corona virus this summer we want to emphasise, once the lockdown restrictions are lifted, how easy it is to reach L'Olmo by car from all European countries. On request we will provide detailed driving instructions from anywhere in the UK and Europe together with advice for overnight stops etc. For guests who visit this summer by car we will provide, free of charge, a grocery basket for their first night dinner and breakfast next day. We regularly drive from England to L'Olmo via the Channel Tunnel and it's an easy 2-day trip with an overnight stop in France . The drive time from Calais is under 14 hours. Example travel times from major European cities is: Paris - 11.5 hours; Brussels - 12.5 hours;
Amsterdam - 14 hours; Berlin 12.5 hours and Copenhagen 18 hours. We hope you will give serious thought to visiting L'Olmo this summer and enjoying the beauty, peace and quiet of our stunning farmhouse set in the Tuscan hills. We will do everything we can to help with your travel plans and to maximise your experience at L'Olmo during your stay. After the difficult experience of life under Covid 19 we believe and hope you and your family will be ready for a relaxing break and new scenery for a holiday to remember. A car is essential at L'Olmo for local use and to enjoy visiting other Tuscan towns all of which are very accessible by road. Details and times for driving to all parts of Tuscany will be found in our House Book.
Travel - Flights:
For those who can fly this summer L'Olmo is served locally by airports at Florence, Pisa and Bologna. Florence airport is about one hour away and Pisa and Bologna about an hour and a half. For intercontinental guests we suggest using European gateway cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome. with connecting flights to Florence. We can assist with the logistics of all flight options.
Travel - Trains:
For those wishing to arrive in Florence by train the Eurostar service throughout Italy is very fast and inexpensive. You can arrive in Florence by train from other European cities connecting through Milan or Turin. There is an excellent local train service into Florence from our local station, Contea/Londa which takes 40 mins.
We recommend using reputable international car rental companies and thoroughly checking the small print for any excesses and extras to be paid locally. Locally the best options are to be found at Florence Airport but there are also car rental companies located near Santa Maria Novella railway station in the centre. However driving in Florence centre can be challenging if you are not used to it. Either way we will provide detailed directions to L'Olmo including SatNav info. Personally we use Waze and find it works very well in Italy.
The village of Londa is 10 minutes by car, and other local villages of interest include Dicomano, Vicchio and Rufina are all reached within 20 minutes. Florence is one hour by car or local train service. Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca and Arezzo are all recommended to visit and can easily reached by car.
L'Olmo is approximately 2 hours by car from either coast. The best beaches are at Viareggio on the Mediterranean coast and Rimini on the Adriatic coast.
We can arrange visits and tastings at local wineries; lessons in Tuscan cooking, hand painting pottery and many other activities by request. For bikers there is a very good local shop where you can rent road and mountain bikes very reasonably by the day or week.
All this information will be found in our House Book and we are always on hand to provide advice and guidance on local travel, activities, markets and shopping. We want to make your L'Olmo experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible so please do not hesitate to ask us anything at any time.
ABOUT THE AREA
The Mugello was the home of the Medici, men of great culture and patrons of artists and writers as well as businessmen and bankers. The lush green rolling landscape is dotted with tall cypresses, peaks and passes and many old Medici palaces and villas remain. The whole area is rich in culture and art and provides the perfect setting to explore and investigate or relax and enjoy the many riches the area has to offer.