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Craftsmen of the Mugello: day trips form Villa Campestri

Think about everything you could want to visit in the lovely hills of the Mugello: festive events, trips dedicated to good local food, artisan crafts and the small local-product shops that abound in this beautiful region. You can do it all, beginning each outing at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort. The Mugello is a lovely hilly area just to the north of Florence that is rich in history and secret places. It was the summer playground of the Medici and its luxuriant landscape remains even today. It’s this very landscape in which our 13th century Villa Campestri draws its force and beauty that guests so admire and treasure. The Villa is the perfect place to begin your exploration. Its windows look out on the historic landscape, its rooms are filled with the restorative spring sun, you can explore its surroundings, discover a new reality in its marvelous panoramas and the history about which you’ll love telling your friends.

You’ll visit such places as the Il Rio di Paolo Cerrini e Manuela Vilimburgo, in nearby Vicchio, about six kilometers from the Villa Campestri, which produces and sells serious wines, such as Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The driving force behind this winery, Paolo Cerrini, abandoned his work as a goldsmith in Florence to embrace the agricultural world, and moved to the Mugello to dedicate himself to his production of fine wines.

Thanks to the dedication of Paolo and another eight Pinot Nero wine growers in the Mugello, the nearby Casentino region and in the Garfagnana above Lucca, the Association of Appennine pinot nero wine growers (Appennino Toscano – Vignaoli di Pinot Nero) was created in recent years to bring this new fragrant wine to the ranks of well-known international ‘vini eroici’ – heroic wines — as wines that are grown in small plots in mountainous regions are known — and to add another food and wine tourist attraction to the already famous strade di vino (wine roads) in Tuscany.

You can learn about the other fine local product of this rich area: the olive oil of Villa Campestri that proudly boasts of its age old traditional quality of this region. For everyone’s taste it’s a place to discover.

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