The ochre-yellow, ivy-covered archway is the entrance to another world: just a few kilometers from the city center of Florence, one of the most attractive hotels in Tuscany welcomes its guests, who reside here in the middle of a green oasis. The elegant five-star residence in the style of the Italian late Renaissance is located directly on the Arno and consists of five historic villas that were owned by Italian, English and Russian nobles for centuries. The 51 luxurious rooms and suites are spread over all buildings, the largest part is in the Villa Nobile, built in 1525. A sprawling Medici villa, whose impressive architecture has been completely preserved, so that it still has an ambience steeped in history with the highest level of luxury connects and reflects the lifestyle of the Italian nobility.
The rooms and suites captivate with their reserved, exquisite taste, a skilfully preserved aura of the past and are located in the five villas: Villa Nobile, Mulino, Villino, Casa Colonica and Limonaia. The ten suites in the Villa La Limonaia, which are located directly on the banks of the Arno, are brand new. They have either a private garden or balcony overlooking the water or the surrounding Chianti vineyards.
Three restaurants and bars ensure culinary delights, with the Il Verrocchio restaurant being a special highlight for gourmets. The lovingly arranged interior inspires guests just as much as its terrace with a view of the Arno and the gentle Tuscan hilly landscape with its cypresses and pines. Bistrot L’Oliveto is located in the pool area and is open for lunch, light snacks and cocktails. The Bar Mediceo with frescoes from the 19th century is the ideal place to start the evening with an aperitif or cocktail.
The Villa La Massa, which is one of the Leading Hotels of the World, has long been attracting an illustrious group of international guests: In the 1950s, Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable and Gregory Peck came and went to enjoy the Dolce Vita to be enjoyed in exclusive seclusion, in the hotel’s own chapel, David Bowie once married. Only 15 minutes by car from the city center of Florence, the Villa La Massa is an insider tip for Tuscany lovers who want to conquer the museums and restaurants of the cultural metropolis on the one hand, but on the other hand want the tranquility and spaciousness of a rural property with Borgo- looking for character.
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