Villa Olmi Resort
Staying in the 18th-century Villa Olmi Resort—surrounded by expansive green acres just 10 minutes from Florence’s Duomo—means not having to choose between city and country. Recently restored by a prominent Florentine family, the patrician retreat has just 50 guest rooms, all with original details: vaulted ceilings, marble bathrooms, antique furnishings, floral frescoes. Wander the formal gardens or bike the hills of Bagno a Ripoli. In the afternoon, a chauffeur-driven car can make the quick trip to the Duomo and the Uffizi—and be back in time for dinner in the estate’s former stable.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.