There is a very special place in the heart of Tuscany, between Pisa and Florence: this place is called Villa Lena. At first sight it looks just like a beautiful hotel surrounded by the Tuscan countryside and characterized by a incredibly beautiful nature. However, Villa Lena is all this and so much more: it is a very special farm holiday that offers also a farm to fork restaurant as well as a non-profit artistic foundation.
The guests of Villa Lena have the chance to live with the creative community that lives within the space, celebrating the local culture and its history, as well as enjoying a rich culinary tradition in a special place that gives international artists, writers, designers, directors, musicians, and chefs the chance to cultivate their own passions. Villa Lena is the perfect place for friends, families and for all those who want to explore this timeless place which melts culture, art, food, and nature.
Villa Lena is made of different areas: rooms and apartments, the main area and its villa, the San Michele restaurant, as well as the swimming pool. There are also some independent villas that are connected to the main structure, such as Casetta Bella, where we spent our summer days. A lovely, independent villa made of three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, yard, and private pool.
Inside the Villa Lena there are different kind of facilities, just like the San Michele restaurant, which offers a farm to fork menu using seasonal ingredients picked from the organic vegetable gardens of the villa or of the nearby farmers.
As I previously mentioned, Villa Lena is not just a holiday farm featuring a lovely relaxing area, a double swimming pool facing the Tuscan hills and an incredible food scene. It is also a property that extends along 500 hectares of bush, and it is a place of great inspiration. Art, culture, and nature are at the heart of the Villa Lena project, which gave birth to an international and unique place.
Here one can meet artists and exchange opinions and ideas, participating at different kind of workshops and experiences. Great food, entertainment, yoga, wellness, truffles, music performances, kids workshops, artistic happy hours just to name a few. The schedule changes weekly, offering always new experiences.
Although it could be hard to try to fit Villa Lena into a precise category, it is very easy to define the state of wellness and energy that one can experience here. Villa Lena is a very magical place where one can recharge their own batteries while taking a break from the outside world. It is a place that deserves to be tried at least once in your lifetime in order to fall in love with something you didn’t know it existed and which will steal your heart afterwards.