This lovely Villa is situated on the outskirts of the ancient part of Florence. It proved to be an excellent place for us to stay because it allows the feeling of a wide open space of olive groves, appointed gardens and spacious rooms yet just five minutes from the wonders of the Uffizi, the Duomo and so many iconic places.
The hotel is beautifully appointed in the opulent style of the Italian renaissance. Tiled floors, rustic herbs scent the air and hints of gold adorn the furniture.
The property is magnificent with long pathways, that allow for a stroll inside the secluded walls, it creates and air of exclusivity.
The central courtyard is filled with lush gardens, bearing flowers, grapes, vegetables and herbs which are used for the culinary creations.
There is a central pool which creates the laid back feeling of a house pool and not a typical hotel pool, it is just steps from the rooms.
Rooms decorated in the luxury of Italian craftsmanship with elements of wood, stone and tile. Ours was a junior suite with a kitchenette and a spacious bathroom.
The suites have lovely little private gardens attached to them complete with lawn chairs and a table for enjoying the beautiful air and verdant countryside.
The hotel never seemed overcrowded because it is laid out over so many acres, all of the buildings on site have centuries old exteriors complete with modern amenities that give a wonderful sense of place.
The staff were diligent and hospitable. They were able to provide us with city tips, assist any requests we had on the property and took the initiative to anticipate our needs.
The morning breakfast was typically Italian and Continental. I was wonderfully fresh. There was an assortment of sweet breads, spectacular coffee, fresh fruits, yogurts and cheeses.