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Bedrooms 8
Space 9,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa


About the property

8 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

This magnificent 8 Bedroom - 8 Bathroom luxury Villa dates back to the XVth century and lies on the hill of "Poggio Imperiale", one of the most exclusive residential areas of the city of Florence. Being only one mile away from Porta Romana square, a renowned "gate" into the heart of the historic district of the city, the villa is ideally located to visit Florence and its Tuscan surroundings at the very best...

Rare beauty characterizes this exclusive villa that has been recently (early 2016) extensively and carefully renovated by the owners to the highest standards. All of the original charm and architectural features have been strictly maintained and are highlighted by the fabulous Tuscan landscape, second to none for its striking beauty.

Several rooms with frescoes were found during restoration work, having previously been painted over and hidden (by past owners).. Each living space has been exquisitely appointed to create a very sophisticated and cozy atmosphere making the villa a truly unique gem, just within a few minutes distance the very best the city of Florence has to offer!

The breathtaking views on the surrounding hills, together with the tranquility and privacy of the estate, create a relaxing, secluded and peaceful atmosphere… resulting in a truly idyllic and undisturbed accommodation for an unforgettable holiday, in a place where the guests’ privacy always comes first!

The Garden.

The beautiful typical Tuscan landscaping of the villa’s 5 acres garden, full of fruit and olive trees, flowerbeds, century-old cypresses and pine trees, can be enjoyed from almost every corner of the villa.

The garden also looks out onto the beautiful Florentine hillside as well as Villa del Poggio Imperiale – from 1737 to 1860 residence of the "Lorena" family, the Austrian Grand dukes of Tuscany - and the Arcetri observatory where Galileo Galilei continued his astronomical research after being called to Florence in 1610 by Cosimo II dei Medici.

The private (heated) pool.

The wonderful salt water pool is perfectly maintained at all times and comes with a full set of super comfortable sun loungers, several parasols and all new outdoors furniture (including a table with chairs for al fresco dining by the pool). Being wonderfully exposed to the sun all day, the pool’s water gets really warm (often more than 31-32 Celsius/88-90 Fahrenheit) during the summer months, while it can be heated during the spring and fall or upon request.

The pool size is: 11 meters in lenght x 5.5 meters in width (36 x 18 ft). By the "Roman stairs" the width is 7.3 meters (24 ft).

The location.

The villa’s location is by far one of its most unique and important future: while immersed in the beauty and quietness of the typical Tuscan landscape it is located just about a mile away from Porta Romana square (Piazzale di Porta Romana), which represents the beginning of the historic district of the city of Florence. So, all of the cities’ main points of interest can be easily and quickly reached in just a few minutes either by car, taxi, bus and even on foot.

Just to name a few examples, world renowned Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and the Uffizi museum (the very “heart” of the historical district) are only about 1.9 miles away, while the main train station (Santa Maria Novella) and Piazza Del Duomo (Main cathedral) only about 2.5 miles away.

The nearest grocery stores, restaurant/pizzeria, pharmacy, bakery, cafes are located just within a 5-6 minute walking distance. At this same location it is also possible to get the bus that takes right into the heart of the center in just a few minutes.

Taxi service works perfectly as well, as taxis usually reach the villa within 4 minutes from the time they are called (nearest taxi station is only about 1 mile away).

Furthermore, from the villa it is also possible to easily reach the road leading to the nearby Chianti villages such as Greve, Panzano, Gaiole etc, to the freeway Florence-Siena and to the A1 Highway.

The Layout.


The villa spreads over 3 floors (ground, first and second), is more than 800 square meters (about 9000 s.f.) in size and comes with a total of 8 double bedrooms and 8 full bathrooms, so it can welcome up to 16 guests... All of the interiors have been completely renovated (in 2016) with brand new beds, mattresses, sofas, curtains and carpets of the finest Italian quality.. Here below is the description, floor by floor:

Ground floor:

- Large Living Room (85 s.m. – 1000 sf) with original Frescoes and more than 5 meters (18 ft) high ceilings, 47" Led tv with sky satellite channels and oversized super comfortable Roche Bobois sofa;

- Large fully equipped kitchen with original Frescoes on the ceiling, American style fridge/freezer/ice maker, dishwasher, oven, gas stove, microwave, VitaMix blender, Hurom Slow Juicer, Nespresso Coffee machine, French press and Drip-coffee machine;

- Open dinette attached to the kitchen;

- One bedroom with King sized bed and en-suite bathroom (with shower);

- Large Laundry room with washer and dryer (both new, top quality).

- Direct access from the kitchen-dinette area to the courtyard (where the water fountain is located), to the covered patio for outdoors dining (with a large table accommodating up to 16 guests) and the outdoors living room with new, super comfortable furniture.

First floor:

- At this floor there is the main entrance to the villa (from the facade);

- Study room with large desk and wi-fi printer;

- Formal Dining room with large table for up to 16 persons;

- 1 Double bedroom with a Queen size bed and 1 full bathroom with shower (not en-suite);

- 1 Double bedroom with either a King size bed or two large twin beds (according to different needs) and a bathroom with shower (en-suite)

- 1 Double Bedroom with either two twin beds or a king size bed (according to the different needs) and a full bathroom with shower (en-suite)

Second floor:

- 1 Master Bedroom (King bed) with large walk-in closet and full bathroom with shower (en-suite)

- 1 Master Bedroom (King bed) with walk-in closet and full bathroom with tub (en-suite)

- 1 Master Bedroom (King bed) with original Frescoes on the ceiling and a full bathroom with shower (en-suite)

- 1 Master Bedroom (King bed) with walk-in closet and full bathroom with shower (en-suite)


- Air conditioning: All 8 bedrooms are air conditioned (with new top quality a/c units)

- Private (heated) swimming pool with 14 super comfortable lounges, table and chairs and 4 parasols

- Internet wi-fi throughout

- Sky satellite tv in the villa's Main Living Room and in one of the Master Bedrooms on the 2nd floor

- Private garden and Spacious gated parking (for up to 12 cars)

On demand It is possible to organize all of the below services for our guests:

- Cooking classes and catered meals directly at the villa (either breakfast, lunch or dinner).

- Private gym instructor, yoga or pilates instructor for private lessons.

- Car service (Personal driver), private tours/wine tasting tours

- Baby Sitter

- Pedicure/manicure

- Hair stylist

More Details

Olga Alexandra Weigelsperg
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 November, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Galluzzo in Gavinana Galluzzo (Quartiere 3)

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , en-suite to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , en-suite to bedroom 2
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , en-suite to bedroom 4
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , attached to bedroom 3
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , en-suite to Bedroom 5
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , en-suite to bedroom 6
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , en-suite to bedroom 7
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , attached to bedroom 8
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Can be setup either with a king bed or two large twin beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Can be setup either with a king bed or two large twin beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master Bedroom 1
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master Bedroom 3
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , attached to bedroom 8
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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What a fine place to be in Florence!

  • 4 of 5

Even as seasoned travellers who had all visited Tuscany before, we were very impressed with La Fonte villa. The photos do not do it justice and the owners / hosts were extremely helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning - the pics don't do it justice

  • 5 of 5

My (now) wife and I booked the village for our wedding and we couldn't have been more blown away. Antonello was an incredibly gracious host, providing every detail you can ask for - including the recommendation of his sister Olivia to plan our wedding.

To say Olivia went above and beyond would be an understatement. She made our experience at the villa and the wedding in general the best week of our lives. Every detail was taken care of and many surprises waited around every corner.

We couldn't have been happier with our stay, and would HIGHLY recommend this property for anyone who wants a location that's close to the city, but far enough away to feel removed.

Would stay here again and again and again.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, va

Impeccable property in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Villa for 2 weeks this summer. It was nothing short of spectacular. The property was exactly as depicted in the write-up and pictures. We had a very discerning and well travelled group from all around the world, ages ranging from 2-80. Everyone was in awe of the property, location and the service provided. We had a chef come in and cook for many of the nights, which i highly recommend doing. The owners were incrediblible attentive and ready to help with anything. While everything is very close, a car is very useful to have, even just to drive to Porto Romano and park on the days you go into the city. If you have a large group that would appreciate a truly luxurious property, this place is for you!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Reunion for 8 couples

  • 5 of 5

Alexandra and Antonello have been most helpful ever since I contacted them for reservation. The villa is exactly as described by the owner and other reviews. We used the pizza catering service recommended and it was a very pleasant experience. We also engaged the shuttle service of Mr Tommaso to make vineyards visits, shopping trip, and excursions.

We were there when the temperature in Florence reached over 100F and the pool was a nice treat for some of us. We cooked in the well equipped kitchen a few times and enjoyed prosecco in the living room many evenings. Just remember to bring mosquito repellent to enjoy the outdoor!

The walk to the bus stop is only 10 minutes on shady downhill road. The first 100m has barely any sidewalk but if you walk single file towards oncoming traffic during the day, it is a manageable walk. It's not recommended to do this after dark though.

Thanks to all the staff for making our stay a memorable one!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ocean City NJ

Our family of 16 stayed here and it was perfect

  • 5 of 5

Celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary is coming up and instead of a party to celebrate we decided to take our family (children, spouses and grandchildren) to Florence. Our grandchildren are ages 4, 6, 9, 12, 18 & 21, our 4 sons and their spouses/significant others, and ourselves had plenty of room to be together but we all had our spaces so we did not feel crowded at all.

The villa is absolutely beautiful and well kept and the pictures shown are a true representation of what the home is like. Each room is appointed with beautiful furniture and artwork. The beds were wonderfully comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked and easy to cook in. We actually did cook a lot, because of the size of our group, it was easier than trying to go out as a group. There are actually four eating areas (kitchen (for 8), small eating area off of the kitchen(8) and the wonderful covered patio off of the kitchen (at least 18) and fountain, plus a formal dinning room upstairs which we never used). Some nights we had a full house and other nights smaller groups as some chose to do their own thing. The weather was very hot and after long days of sightseeing it was wonderful to come back to the wonderful, refreshing salt water pool which everyone enjoyed. A few days my husband and I just enjoyed sitting with wine by the pool.

Antonello was so helpful with information and directions and was always available if we had any questions. He even supplied us with fresh vegetables and one night had roasted vegetable for dinner. The gardener brought flowers from the garden to the house and made sure the pool and fountain were taken care of every day. The housekeeper was a pleasure and accommodating.

The only caution I would advise is that the villa is on a very narrow road and walking to the bus station could be scary with little ones. We chose to take turns driving each family to the bus station. Would not choose anything else because of this but be aware you do need a car to get to the bus stop unless you are in excellent physical condition (which I am not). Our sons and families had no problem walking since it is as described. The grocery store was close and wonderful and had everything we needed. We had two meals catered and ask the owner before booking anyone to cook for you as they have dealt with several and have a list of reputable people.


  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Amazing Wedding at a Magical Villa

  • 5 of 5

I have rented many villas in Italy over the years and this was the best experience that my family has ever had. We rented the 8 BR and the 5 BR villa next to it. We had about 26 people staying at both villas. Both villas have been updated very recently and they are very comfortable. The grounds are beautiful and the location was great for accessing the center of Florence a mile away. Olivia, Antonello and Alexandra (all owners) were great to deal with over a period of a year and half leading up to our wedding. Olivia was our wedding planner and she planned all aspects of my son's wedding including food, flowers, music, photography, transportation, equipment etc..... Olivia worked tirelessly for close to a year to plan the wedding and everything was absolutely perfect. It was also impressive that Olivia actually came in under budget for our wedding and it was less expensive than getting married in California where we live. Olivia takes a tremendous amount of pride in her work and she made our wedding look easy. Many months prior to our arrival, Antonello sent us videos and photographs of the grounds so that we could visualize the wedding from 6,000 miles away. Words can not describe how accommodating that Olivia, Alexandra and Antonello were. They helped get taxis, make restaurant reservations and anything that we asked them to do. They even accompanied us to the grocery store. They made our trip so special and they went well beyond what is expected. I highly recommend renting this villa. This is a magical place and I would encourage any bride to trust Olivia to plan their wedding.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Florence Airport
Nearest Ferry
53 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Parco di Firenze
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Florence Santa Maria Novella train station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Il Pipistrello
Nearest Ski
79 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Forte Dei Marmi
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Galluzzo, Florence Area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season II
28 Apr 2018 - 18 May 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Highest Season
23 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Season I
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Season II
29 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 3.1%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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