Only 8 km from Villa Pitiana and within a very easy drive, Outlet Mall offers a great variety of high quality brands by the most famous italian and international stylists. Absolutely a must-go for shopping lovers.
With its 1.000 m a.s.l. and only 8 km away from Villa Pitiana, Vallombrosa is pleasantly cool during the summertime and an ideal place for hiking. A number of trails cross its gorgeous state-owned forest of silver firs and beech trees.
Vallombrosa, with its imposing medieval Monastery and its renowned Arboretum can also be reached on foot from Villa Pitiana (about 1h 30 minutes walk through the mountain).
One of the most fascinating way of visiting Vallomborsa is represented by the Chapel Trail (4,8 km). Taking as a starting point the Monastery itself, some well-marked trails will lead you to the most significant places associated to the life of Saint John Gualbert, founder of the Vallombrosan monk congregation.
Activities at Villa Pitiana
Set within the Villa historical garden, our pool is open from May 5 to the end of September, from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Featuring also a children pool and equipped with sun umbrellas and deckchairs, it offers a good break from a busy sightseeing day.
Villa Pitiana is glad to introduce its guests to the tasting of prestigious local wines. Connoisseurs and lovers can easily satisfy their curiosity about food and wine matching during the tasting carried out by our experienced personnel.
Tastings last about 2 hours (min. 2 participants, max.12) and take place in the antique decorated, vaulted cellar.
Villa Pitiana organizes Tuscan and Italian cooking courses for small groups (from 2 to 12 participants max) in its recently restored Monastery kitchen. Normally carried out in the morning, with our courses you will be learning how to prepare typical Tuscan recipes, or homemade pasta, or the all time favourite pizza.
At the end of the cooking session you will savour the dishes prepared during the course, accompanied by the appropriate wine.
For a relaxing and healthy break we can help you organize a romantic pic-nic in the historical park of Villa Pitiana or in the surrounding countryside.
To enjoy the real Tuscan atmosphere a pic-nic basket with local produces can be prepared for you, starting from €25 per person (drinks not included).
Villa Pitiana staff is ready to help you organizing a private, personalized dinner in one of the enchanting rooms on the ground floor or in the garden area, together with an aperitif on the panoramic terrace. An unforgettable experience awaits you!
Starting from €70 per person. Reservation required.
Golf lovers can book green-fees at the Ugolino Golf Club, the historical golf course opened in 1933 on Chianti wavy hills (about 40 minutes drive).
Other golf courses worth a mention are Poggio dei Medici, Le Pavoniere, Castelfalfi, Cosmopolitan and Versilia, all farther away.
Guests who love riding and nature can benefit from some riding-schools located in the area which organize horse back riding promenades of various length and difficulty. Absolute beginners can experience horse riding within the safety of a full-size riding stable.
Country and forest roads around Villa Pitiana offer an ideal mixture of relaxing and challenging trips for the riders of mountain-bikes or E-bikes.
Cycling tours with professional guides can be organised to discover the Valdarno and Vallombrosa area.
Orienteering is strictly linked with nature which is an integral part of this sport. The woods of Villa Pitiana and the state-owned Natural Reserve of Vallombrosa are ideal places to play the orienteering activity.
After a theory lesson, the practical part is carried out individually or in group under the supervision of orienteering experts.
Competition is based on using compass and maps, finding the way through the wood in order to reach the established check points and mark the various stages.
The winners are those capable of orientating themselves in the quickest and most precise way.
This activity, apart from offering real fun, natural environment and scenery, can greatly contribute to the personal growth. For this reason, firms often organise orienteering courses for their team building here at Villa Pitiana.
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