Gaze on a landscape that hasn’t changed since Leonardo’s day. The 600-year-old farm sprawls across undulating hills five minutes from da Vinci’s home town, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and gorgeous views.
Francesco the owner lives in the smaller rough-hewn farmhouse, and guests in the recently restored other. Living areas and a breakfast room spread across the ground floor; apartments, suites and bedrooms are upstairs and down. Wake to a feast of meats, fruits and homemade jams and flans from delightful Marina, manager and cook. Then pad down the paths that lead to the pool.
You can hop into Vinci for ‘real Italy’, and to Anciano for Leonardo’s birth place. Empoli (12km) offers trains to Florence, Lucca and Sienna. In the evenings, good simple food awaits down the track, at a restaurant you can walk to.