Florence. Driving along a country road, full of colours that evoke the world only to pronounce the word "Tuscany", you suddenly have the feeling that you should stop to look beyond the borders of the green. And at that moment the world that opens before your eyes is breathtakingly beautiful. And as if Tuscany wanted to introduce you its river, knowing that no river has ever been sung by poets and writers as much as the Arno.
Here, between Florence and the beautiful hills of the Chianti region, between Val di Pesa and Valdarno, the theme is water, declined in all its dimensions and character: sometimes calm and indolent, sometimes vehement and impetuous. Moving water, which flows towards the sea, racing, which rounds off the stones and that moves the mills.
And the mill "of Nave a Rovezzano", named for the first time in a document dated 1330, after a long and careful renovation has preserved the original structure, made up of rooms, baths, storage facilities and pipelines for water, as a water lily on the river comes back today to watch itself in the waters.
It’s a building able to recover the relationship with the traveler, and to converse with him. Its architecture is mediated, never flashy.
A stand-alone object, the Mill, which looks to the past and the present, and that does not deny the historicity of the place where it rises, but rather shows its presence loud and clear.
The mill appears calm, vain, on the shore of the Arno which always is a slave and master, from which it got the most beautiful panoramic view, a gift to those who stay.
Yes, because what was once one of the many mills that dotted the banks of the Arno, now is a 4-star hotel.
Surrounded by nature and a step away from the city, the Hotel is located in the countryside but the city center is only 5 kilometers away, less than 20 minutes. A strategic location for a holiday in Florence, a weekend in the name of art, or a business trip.
A small hotel with big surprises: sleeping in Florence and spending the day in Chianti offers unexpected emotions. Trying to enjoy the experience of waking up the banks of the Arno from the rooms, each different, is priceless.
The rooms are furnished with antique furniture and paintings in a classical style, very original, have a Jacuzzi or shower with sauna, satellite TV and a minibar. The hotel also has a large garage that can accommodate the cars of all customers.
In a large hall of the old mill, whose veranda is surprising because it unexpectedly opens on the flowing river almost to lap on the water, then we find the restaurant. The Hotel Il Mulino is a place of refuge and to enjoy the best of its recipes: the quality of life. Ingredients at zero km, a menu that follows the seasons, a wine of great depth and a touch of conviviality among 100 comfortable seats.
And if the Arno has marked the history of Florence and the surrounding area, the Mill is still there today, to thank its river, summoning tourists and travelers. And the Arno reciprocates a lot of love with its eternal flow, a witness and a silent lover of the history of Tuscany.