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Add This Sustainable Tuscan Villa to Your Travel Bucket List

The slow living concept is the perfect escape from grind culture.

Agrivilla I Pini

Terrace Guest Room Courtesy of Agrivilla I Pini

The slow living concept is the perfect escape from grind culture.

Whether you are booking a honeymoon, celebrating a birthday, or looking for a healing getaway retreat, be sure to add this vegan hotel in Italy to your bucket list! Agrivilla I Pini is your go-to Tuscan villa for all things romantic, rejuvenating, and restful.

Agrivilla I Pini

Guest Room Courtesy of Agrivilla I Pini

Located in the Hills of San Gimignano, Tuscany

Located in the gorgeous countryside of San Gimignano, Tuscany, this sustainable, family-run farmhouse is 100% plant-based. That’s right—we said it! I Pini is 100% plant-based! But great food and vegan furnishings are only the beginning. The environmentally conscious hotel also offers extras like a wine-tasting experience, outdoor yoga classes, and Ayurvedic massage sessions in the hotel’s medieval grotto. Please! Say less!

Slow Living at Its Best

Built on the concept of slow living, I Pini offers a minimalist design and WiFi-free rooms. Take a break from grind culture and recharge in the comfort of locally sourced handmade items, natural and organic materials, and the villa’s more than 34-acre grounds (including vineyards and an olive grove!). Grab a book from the onsite library and enjoy the read by the hotel’s saltwater pool. You’ll relish the amazing Tuscan hillside views!

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Pool Courtesy of Agrivilla I Pini

Things to Do During Your Stay

While you’re there, don’t miss the Olive Grove Picnic! Your picnic-for-two includes seasonal finger foods (such as cut veggies, housemade breads, and lentil hummus), drinks, and a dessert. Accompany your meal with a glass of wine crafted from the farm’s vineyards or choose an iced herbal infusion with fresh-picked herbs. Country picnic basket, blanket on the ground, and the privacy of a rolling hillside—this is the ultimate in plant-based pampering.

Spend a day in the nearby medieval town of San Gimignano. This fortressed treasure is visible from I Pini and just a short walk uphill through the Tuscan countryside. Order a vegan cornetto (a jam-filled croissant!) and cup of tea from one of the cute cafés, then take a walk to check out the amazing views, historical towers, and Duomo di San Gimignano, a 12th-century church. Complete with cobblestone streets and a good number of souvenir-worthy shops, the area provides a day’s worth of sightseeing with plenty of IG photo ops. Be sure to end your time there with a plant-based gelato!

Back at I Pini, sign up for the Garden Tour to get a full appreciation of where your food comes from. You’ll explore the farm’s herb gardens, vegetable beds, olive trees, and more. The gardens supply ingredients for most of the restaurant’s dishes, while the remaining ingredients are locally sourced from neighboring farms. Wines and olive oils are produced from grapes and olives grown right on the grounds. We’ll cheers to that!

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Garden Courtesy of Agrivilla I Pini

A True Seed-to-Table Experience

I Pini chefs rely on their creativity and inspiration to bring you seed-to-table, organic, and gluten-free meals, working with what’s fresh and ready to pick from the garden outside. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch the staff collecting a mosaic of flowers, herbs, and other plants to be used later in teas, infusions, desserts, and more. Gorgeous, vegan, and 100% delicious, the dishes are no less than culinary works of art. We’re talking Handmade Tordelli with a beetroot and pumpkin seed filling, summer savory and white wine sauce, and walnut parmesan; Soulsoup with leek, artichoke, pear, spring onions, and activated almonds; Parmigiana di Coste with chards stalks, tomato sauce, and melting cheese; and more. And that’s just for starters! No meal is complete without dessert. We tried (and loved!) the Apple Crostata, Poached Pear, and Dulcis (baked apple, raisins, dark chocolate, and walnut). Please note that menus change according to seasonal availability of produce on the property.

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Homemade Ravioli Courtesy of Agrivilla I Pini

For breakfast, enjoy a porridge, juice, and plate of seasonal items such as sunflower butter and jam; housemade bread; chickpea scramble; lettuce, celery, and apple salad; and more. Fresh, nutritious, and WFPB, this is the perfect start to your day. For dinner, you’ll receive a multi-course meal starting with a selection of housemade breads (rye, sourdough, focaccia) accompanied by a green pesto, pomodorini chutney, or other garden-ready culinary concoction. Each dinner caps off with an herbal infusion straight from the garden (mint, lavender, dog rose, and others).

Agrivilla I Pini: Your Home Away from Home

In addition to the food, what we loved most about I Pini during our stay was the sense of community. From the friendly staff to the family-style dinner seating options and small 11-room occupancy, this Italian vegan hotel felt like a home away from home. The owners and their kids even live on the property, adding to the warmth, charm, and inviting feel.

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Library Courtesy of Agrivilla I Pini

Sister Properties: La Vimea and Paradiso Pure.Living

You may also want to check out I Pini’s sister properties. La Vimea, the first vegan hotel in Italy, offers 100% plant-based cuisine using fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Located in the province of South Tyrol, this spot sits tucked in the mountains of the Val Venosta valley. The adults-only retreat offers massage sessions, daily yoga, a natural bathing pond, and more. Paradiso Pure.Living, the first vegetarian hotel in the Dolomites, offers a wide range of vegan options. At this sustainable resort, you’ll enjoy yoga, organic cuisine, and a selection of other wellness options, including an outdoor saltwater whirlpool, a zerobody floating experience, and a relaxing Finnish sauna.

For more information on Agrivilla I Pini, follow the resort on Instagram at @agrivilla_i_pini or head to their website at ipinitoscana.com.

Tammie Ortlieb

Tammie Ortlieb


Tammie has been with VegOut since its inception. Managing Editor and Maggie’s mom, she’s a former psychology professor who packed up her life and moved across the country from Michigan to California to follow a dream. Indie author, Mother Teresa-wannabe, and vegan for 18 years, she’s a big dreamer with a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and an educational focus on well-being and thriving. When she’s not working through hyphens and commas, you’ll find her strategizing how to right the inequities of the world.

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