Villa Campestri, the first Olive Oil Resort in the world, has reopened for the new 2012 season. Sensory experiences with olive oil tastings, new dishes on the menu of our restaurant L'Olivaia, relaxing walks along the nature trails in our beautiful park, and olive-oil massages in the bambu grove are back. We had an exceptional guest at the re-opening, Tuscan fashion blogger Irene Colzi, Irene's Closet blog, with us at Villa Campestri. Irene posted photos of her outfit, which shows her readers what she’s wearing, in the villa itself and in the park, fixing with a click some special moments and fabulous views (Here and here are her blog posts with the story of her stay).
In addition to Irene, we hosted two other guests from the food world: Carlo Vischi, food and wine expert and director of the Collana Gourmet della Malvarosa edizioni, and Simona Cherubini, Simona's Kitchen blog, who spent two days enjoying great food and wine, tasting olive oils with Gemma Pasquali, and exploring the Villa and surroundings.
We asked Irene Colzi to tell us about her weekend: "The first word that comes to mind is: heaven! I live in town, so stopping for a weekend on an island of peace and nature like Villa Campestri is truly invaluable. I recharged my batteries in the sun enjoying the beautiful park of the Villa, I had a soothing face massage using the Kobido technique from Japan, and I spoiled myself with the dishes the Chef prepared based on olive oil, and I loved discovering all the variety of olive trees in the olive orchard".
- What did you enjoy most in your two days at Villa Campestri?
I liked most the olive oil tasting with Gemma: It was really interesting to discover the story of olive oil, going from the tree, with a walk in the grove, up to the mill, and then tasting different varieties of olive oil. Definitely something that does not happen every day, especially with a teacher like Gemma!
You are Tuscan too: what do you think are the most important Tuscan characteristics, the ones that please you most?
For sure our natural products, like for example olive oil: a priceless heritage!
You tasted olive oil with Gemma: What can you tell us about this journey into the world of taste and excellence?
Certainly, my stay at Villa Campestri taught me how to appreciate extra-virgin olive oil, not just as an important and healthy part of my diet but also as part of a beauty regime—it’s a precious element, refreshing and healing at the same time.
Pics by Giovanni Gambassi