Locanda dell’Artista is proud to produce its own extra virgin olive oil, delicious fruits and vegetables; all cultivated in the rich estate soil and farmed with true respect for the earth’s natural rhythms. During the warmer months, the kitchen garden of this country inn is lush with fresh herbs and abounds with delicious vegetables and summer fruits. These are all freshly picked for our restaurant ingredients, and to create our tasty selection of jams made with apples, figs, Isabella grapes, Chinese dates, and apricots which are served with breakfast. Just like life, food depends on the quality of the ingredients, and the authentic flavours enhance our guests’ experience at our farmhouse in Tuscany.
Our extra-virgin olive oil comes from fruit hand picked early in the season and immediately cold-pressed. Because the area's soil is rich in minerals and the microclimate ideal for growing olives, the Locanda’s land has been growing olives for centuries. Four classic varietals are used to produce our perfectly balanced oil: Frantoio, Moraiolo, Pendolino, Leccino. Together they blend to create its topaz yellow color and intense and fragrant flavor with a balance of bitter and piquant notes.
Once you have returned home, you may enjoy our fruit preserves for breakfast each morning reminding you of your wonderful vacation. Fig, grape, date and apricot are just a few of our delectable preserves all grown on our property. Delicious with toast and baked goods or as a compliment to cheeses. Just close your eyes and be transported back to Tuscany!
The skyline of San Gimignano, with its famous towers, is quite unmistakeable. Named a World Heritage Site in 1990, strolling through this unique town’s streets transports you back into its history as a medieval hamlet. Exploring the town and the surrounding area, with its typical products such as Vernaccia wine and excellent Zafferano (saffron) is a treat and a pleasure.
There are many and various activities in the San Gimignano area. Aside from strolling through the town and local villages of Certaldo and Volterra, we would be more than happy to help with organising day trips and excursions to make your visit to this beautiful area the most fulfilling possible. Activities such as flying in a hot-air balloon, tasting the best local wines, cooking courses on Tuscan cuisine, to name just a few, are all available locally
However, if you would rather spend your time relaxing around the pool and enjoying the San Gimignano vista from a distance, or sipping a glass of Vernaccia watching the sunset from the farmhouse terrace, then your days can be relaxing and fulfilling without leaving the estate.
Locanda dell’Artista is a short distance from San Gimignano and Certaldo. Nestled in its rural beauty, guests will require a car to reach the Locanda.
The nearest airports are Florence (approximately 1 hour’s drive) and Pisa (90 minutes).
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