Charming and Private 11th Century Fortress - Florence (only 15 minutes away from the city)
This stunning historic manor, dating back to the year one thousand, is a wonderful location for couples who want to treat themselves to a romantic holiday in the peaceful Tuscan countryside.
The perfect place for anyone with a desire to regain a state of harmony and inner balance and ideal for lovers of art and good taste.
The choice to spend a week in this apartment is an extraordinary opportunity to breathe in all the charm of history and the past of a private, warm, and welcoming home.
Inside, there are original wooden ceilings and frescoes of the twelfth century, a time in which the property belonged to the Nasi family. The Nasi coat of arms can still be seen on the fireplace and on the exterior facade.
It was Lorenzo Nasi for whom, around 1506, Raphael created his famous picture “Madonna of the Goldfinch” (“Madonna del Cardellino”) as a wedding present. This painting is today exposed in the Uffizi Gallery after a 10-year restoration.
The manor, built in stone and with a wonderful exposure, stands in all its grandeur on a knoll of a hill south of Florence. It seduces guests all year round, giving every season an atmosphere that is always different but unfailingly exclusive and fascinating.
In winter, you will find the warmth of a lit fireplace and the welcome of luxurious and antique furnishings, accompanied by the functionality and comfort of modern appliances.
In summer, you can enjoy the many large outdoor areas, full of pleasant corners to relax and enjoy the natural coolness of the Tuscan hills in the hottest hours, perhaps just before venturing forth on some sightseeing of the surroundings or of the most famous cities of art. Siena, Arezzo, Pisa, Lucca, and Pistoia are perfect for daily excursions.
A rare find so close to Florence, this property has about 600 acres of olive groves, pastures, forests and vineyards; it is not uncommon to see squirrels, hares, deer, hawks, pheasants, etc.
The properties surrounding land with its many cultivated olive groves allows the opportunity to purchase extra-virgin olive oil (with the prestigious 'I.G.P.' certificate) at advantageous guest-only prices.
This scenario represents the ideal blend of natural surroundings and a proximity to Florence, a city whose rich cultural and artistic heritage is unique in the world and which is continuously alive with events and exhibitions.
This proximity favors the possibility to enjoy the pleasures of Italian, Mediterranean, and International cuisine, in addition to the ability to shop at all the ''big names'' (such as Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cavalli, to name but a few), as well as artisan and antique shops.
We suggest personal transportation. Public transportation (bus), however, is available at the bottom of the hill in the village of Villamagna, reachable with a 10-15 minute walk through the beautiful, hilly countryside on a charming footpath.
Note: Please remember, when calling, that Italy is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the U.S.A. and Canada.