Villa Ulivi is a remarkably beautiful and luxurious fifteenth century Florentine Villa located few minutes away from Florence's historic city centre and from its main monuments, as well as from the shopping area, up towards the wonderful landscape of an ideal Tuscan hill.
The imposing building, characterized by the Italian Villa tradition while incorporating the comforts available today, is set in a residential area that both overlooks and is extremely close to the town’s attractions.
Access to downtown Florence is easily attainable by either a comfortable, scenic walk or a short bus ride down the famous Via Bolognese. Both options are simple to navigate for travellers of any age or experience level.
Villa Ulivi also has partnerships with scooter and bicycle rental companies to meet all of their guests travel needs.
The villa grounds are surrounded and beautified by magnificent vineyards and olive orchards, as well as an array of local flowers and blossoming trees. In spite of its central location, Villa Ulivi is immersed in a garden planted with fragrant roses and lavender, at the end of a shady horse-chestnuts' lane.
Villa Ulivi offers travellers an authentic Tuscan experience and allows for a relaxing retreat from the "hustle and bustle" of the nearby city centre.
"For centuries Florence has been celebrated for her villa clad hills.
According to an old chronicler, the country houses were more splendid than those in town, and stood so close – set among their olive orchards and vine-yards that the traveller thought himself in Florence three leagues before reaching the city."
Guests are constantly amazed at how close Villa Ulivi is to the variety of tourism activities in downtown Florence, but, at the same time, how separated it is from the "hustle and bustle" of the busy city.
Set in the hills overlooking the town, the Villa is everything visitors to Florence seek in their Tuscan adventure.
As guests enter through the large stone gate and look down the private shady lane, they will realize that they are entering a new and exciting world. Pass through the main entrance and gaze up towards the beautiful, golden, eight meter ceilings.
Admire the wooden balcony and dangling chandeliers.
The ancient stone wine cellar, with three rooms with vaulted roofs and fifteenth century stone frames used for socializing and taste-testing, provides a place to escape and explore the collection of over 1,500 bottles.
Stroll out to the back patio or enjoy a glass of Tuscan wine on the rooftop terrace.
Both offer unimaginable views of the unspoilt hillside and city spread.
Fernand Braudel described the Florentine landscape as, "The most touching countryside in the world."
"You may go forth from the Riccardi Chapel and see the castle of Vincigliata towering on its cypress-clad hill precisely as Gozzoli depicted it in his fresco."
This grand Villa captures traditional Tuscan style and atmosphere with the benefit of modern amenities.
At Villa Ulivi, furnishings have been chosen with a careful eclectic taste.
Tuscan pieces from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries create an atmosphere that is classical, authentic and most of all relaxing.
Large and elegant lounges, illuminated by the Tuscan sun and open onto the gardens of the historic Villa, have been added in the course of the last two centuries to the fascinating, ancient wine-cellars and horse-stables.
One of the common areas of the Villa provides technology services for the guests.
There is a computer with Internet access, wireless Internet, printer, scanner, telephone, and fax machine.
Villa Ulivi guests are able to make themselves as connected or separated from the outside world as they choose.
"I had never known Florence more herself, or in other words more attaching, than I found her for a week in that brilliant October.
She sat in the sunshine beside her yellow river like the little treasure-city that she always seemed."
There are also a variety of other benefits that Villa Ulivi has to offer.
Guests are encouraged to use the Villa's rooftop terrace, backyard patio and wine cellar for romantic social gatherings.
Upon request, the management can organize private parties that are catered by some of Florence's best chefs.
Cooking classes and activities are periodically planned on the Villa grounds.
Guests may also use the chapel for private religious services and the backyard barbeque grill for family meals.
English and French are spoken.
Rooms at Villa Ulivi are spacious and comfortable retreats that are furnished with local antiques that add charm to the pleasant atmosphere that guests experience.
Each room offers a unique arrangement of double and / or single beds to surely meet any group's needs.
Windows illuminate the living area and bathe the room with the wonderful Tuscan sun.
Views overlook the Villa's gardens and the romantic city of Florence with its rolling hills as a backdrop.
The floors are covered with a beautiful, historic wood and walls are done with hand painted fresco designs.
Each room features a private bathroom that is tiled with prestigious Italian marble and is equipped with a lavish tub or shower.
Every suite at Villa Ulivi is unique, just as it would have been with the original owners in the fifteenth century.
Distinctive furniture sets and decorations in each room help to create a spectrum of Tuscan sights and atmospheres that is sure to please.
Villa Ulivi believes that the rooms are only one piece of the entire puzzle. Guests immediately notice a more relaxing nights rest followed by mornings that seem crisper and brighter.
There is a cool, gentle breeze that flows through the hills at night and the dawning sun calls upon the pleasantly chirping birds. Enjoy the cosy bed until the scent of breakfast creeps up the stairs to greet you.
The fresh breakfast, with Florentine bread, coffee, tea, juice and home-made cakes and jams, is served each morning in the Villa's elegant lounges during the winter and on the outdoor terraces, beneath the pleasant shade of the luxuriant mimosa trees, during the summer.
After breakfast has concluded, it is time to discover the historic city of Florence and the wonderful hills of Tuscany.
Our address is:
Via Bolognese, # 163 – 50139 Firenze (FI)
Villa Ulivi is located in an elegant residential area of Florence, very close to the centre and to the main monuments.
The residential area where Villa Ulivi is located is Piazza della Libertà (Liberty Square) – Fortezza da Basso (Saint John's Fortress).
Villa Ulivi is located very close to Saint John's Fortress, the Exhibition Centre where "Pitti Immagine" Fashion Shows are held.
Although located near the centre of Florence, Villa Ulivi is immersed in a large park and it is surrounded by vineyards and olive orchards.
It is the ideal place to stay if you want to visit Florence and its surroundings. From Villa Ulivi you can reach the centre of Florence (Saint Mark Square – Cathedral Square) in five minutes by car or by bus: you can easily take the bus number 25 or the bus number 25A
The bus stop is located 5 minutes away from Villa Ulivi.
How to find the Villa
From the Florence North (Firenze Nord) exit of both highways number A1 and A11, you are supposed to follow the directions to:
- Firenze Centro – Porta al Prato
and then to:
- Viali di Circonvallazione – Stadio
and then to:
- Fortezza da Basso – Piazza della Libertà.
Following the directions to "Viali di Circonvallazione – Stadio" and to "Fortezza da Basso – Piazza della Libertà", you get into the ring road of Florence; once you have reached Piazza della Libertà (Liberty Square), you are supposed to follow the directions to "Via Bolognese – S. S. 65 della Futa".
This way, you are led to take Via Bolognese, where you meet Villa Ulivi.
From Florence "Santa Maria Novella" Train Station, you are supposed to take the bus number 25 / 25A or a taxi-cab.
If you take the bus, you need to get off the bus once the bus has reached "La Pietra" bus stop, located in Via Bolognese.
Then, you need to walk until you meet, after 100 metres, Villa Ulivi at #163, Via Bolognese.
In order to reach Villa Ulivi from Florence "Amerigo Vespucci" Airport:
- you need to take a taxi-cab and to get off the taxi-cab once the taxi-cab has reached Villa Ulivi (#163, Via Bolognese);
- you need to reach "Santa Maria Novella" Train Station by "Vola in bus", the bus service that links the Airport and the Station; then, from "Santa Maria Novella" Train Station, you need to take the bus number 25 / 25A.
Once you have taken the bus number 25, you need to get off the bus when you reach "La Pietra" bus stop, located in Via Bolognese, and to walk until you reach, after 100 metres, Villa Ulivi (#163, Via Bolognese).