The property is steeped in history. In Renaissance
times, the property belonged to the Gherardini family, the family
of the famous Mona Lisa, immortalized by Leonardo Da Vinci. For the
past 200 years, the property has been in the Calamai family and the
current owners, Eleanora and Marco, lovingly look after the
property and tend the olive groves.
Marco looks after the olive trees, following
strict rules handed down over the generations. The olives are all
picked by hand in order to keep each fruit in tact until it is
crushed in the oil mill - a process that has to take place the same
night that it has been picked. This, combined with
the combination of different olive varieties used - the
Frantoiano, Moraiolo and Leccino olive trees each have their own
characteristics (taste, perfume and colour) - is what ensures
this Tuscan oil is so special.
Whilst Marco looks after the groves, Eleanora offers guests
the opportunity to share her passion for cooking, offering cookery
courses. She can also arrange other excursions such as wine tasting
at a local vineyard, a visit to a cheese producer or guided
tours of the area. Eleanora will also be happy to cook for guests
and, on request, guests have the opportunity to dine by
candlelight in the wonderful frescoed salon of the
The property is in an absolutely idyllic setting only 10km
from Florence with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside.
Guests are welcome to wander through the olive groves. They are
also encouraged to help themselves to the wonderful home grown
produce from the estate's fruit and vegetable patch. And for those
times when you just want to relax, there is a swimming pool and
beautiful gardens to enjoy.
The interior of Appartamento Azalea is beautifully furnished
with family heirlooms and antiques. There is a large open plan
living and dining area with sofa bed and chairs and a dining table
seating 4 to 6. Double doors lead onto a terrace overlooking the
inner garden filled with lemon trees and beautiful roses. There is
outdoor furniture for al fresco dining. There are 2 bedrooms - 1
double bedroom with stunning chandalier and fireplace as well
as 1 twin room. There are 2 bathrooms (new for 2010) and a
kitchen equipped with oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine,
fridge and freezer. Doors lead to an inner courtyard.