- Learn to cook Tuscan food
- Tree house within reach of Florence
- Stunning Tuscan tree house
- Outdoor swimming pool with terrace
- Tranquil Tuscan scenery
This tree house is found within the grounds of La Fattoria, a recently renovated traditional Tuscan farmhouse. The farmland is found on the highest point of the village of Borgo di Gello. The surroundings of the La Fratorria consist of a terrace, a small theatre, an infinity pool, and a bar. The views from the grounds are stunning; the perfect picturesque Tuscan scenes will make you feel like you are in an old movie.
The tree house is a perfect way to enjoy these stunning views. There is even a pulley system which allows guests to order a bottle of wine and an ice bucket, which can then be pulled up to the tree house.
The tree house sleeps up to two people and is around 36 square metres. There is a minimum stay of two nights in the tree house but every reservation includes breakfast and a bottle of Prosecco. There is free parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a wild river ten minutes walk away, trail running, river climbing, and a natural jet stream exercise pool.
The surrounding area is full of untouched nature and guests will not run out of new areas to discover on foot. There is a nearby village that is a perfect rural Tuscan village and guests can pick up local delights including fresh pasta, regional wines, and local produce. There is also the chance to be taken on a guided tour to get to know the history of the village. Every day guests are treated to an Italian buffet all made from local produce and there is a chance to help out in the kitchen and learn how to cook some of the specialities of the region. Guests can also go truffle hunting with the owner and the truffle hunting dog. The truffles are then used in the very famous dish Risotto al Tartufo.
The story of Novanta began in the summer of 2014, when four guys (Igor, Jeroen, Leonard and Mart) from Amsterdam stumbled upon an abandoned Tuscan village near Arezzo and Florence. Eager entrepreneurs full of energy and passion for such a beautiful spot in rural Italy, their goal was to open a pop-up hotel for 90 days.
Dining at long tables, trips to local producers and finding truffles and mushrooms in the woods made it into a real experience. It turned out to be a huge success! A success thanks to the beautiful natural surroundings, the peacefulness, and the liveliness of the authentic Tuscan country life. After a great first summer, guests were already making reservations for the next year, and very soon the pop up hotel, was a pop up no longer!
Now, Novanta is turning back into the thriving community it once was. There are vegetables growing once again in the ground and the fruit trees have sprung back in to life. We have residents all year round, tending to the land and restoring the village, and we work every day with the amazingly talented people around us – our neighbours and our friends. Their skills, their knowledge and their support allow us to build and restore Borgo di Gello into the bustling village it once was.
Novanta is constantly changing and developing with the passing years. In 2019 we became the proud owners of the whole valley – over 300 hectares of fields, rivers, forests and ruins, and featuring not only the Novanta Hotel in Borgo di Gello, but now also Castello di Gello where we are developing our Novanta Apartments!
We will continue to grow in this beautiful village, to develop our community here and help to support the local people and businesses around us – but the spirit of our abandoned village will always remain in the Gello valley.