Historical Villa Le Rose in Tuscany
Luxury 15th Century Renaissance Villa just outside of Florence - Ferragamo Luxury
50029 Tavarnuzze FI
Overview & highlights
A classical Renaissance style villa promising indulgence and romance, you will enjoy a bespoke dream vacation, surrounded by luxury and hospitality.
Originally commissioned by the marquess Niccolò Antinori in the Fifteenth Century the villa sits at the end of a driveway lined with cypress trees in the southern hills of Florence, only ten minutes from the city centre.
The villa’s overall Renaissance character and details sets it apart from any other villa in its category, a typically aristocratic Renaissance villa centred around a paved courtyard, surrounded by formal gardens and set in a productive agricultural landscape. The villa itself measures 1,000 square metres and presents a magnificent swimming pool, frescoed halls and six elegant suites, overlooking the countryside.
On a stunning hill just outside Florence in an area known as Firenze Certosa, named after the nearby monastery La Certosa. The area can be defined the entrance to the Chianti region, renowned for its wine groves and breathtaking landscapes. A stone’s throw away from the centre of Florence it is also well placed for day excursions to Siena, Lucca and Pisa.
- Florence 15 mins
- Pisa 1 hour
Places of interest
- Florence 12 mins
- Siena 50 mins
- Lucca 50 mins
- Rome 2 hours 40 mins
The Loggia plays a central role to the villa’s layout, bridging the walled courtyard outside with the internal living quarters. The courtyard features terracotta vases and jasmine climbers. The Loggia houses two seating areas and a Madonna and Child ceramic plaque from the Renaissance school of della Robbia. (Ground Floor / 113m2)
The Entrance Hall
The entrance hall welcomes guests with adorned mirrors, a Seventeenth Century oil painting of a hunting scene, and a Sixteenth Century wooden table bearing a collection of bronze coursing dogs. (Ground Floor / 24.5m2)
The Ballroom, also known as the Salone delle Feste, is one of the oldest rooms in the villa. Although records indicate that it was frescoed in 1629, art historians confirm that the pale green used, a colour favoured by the Hapsburg House of Lorraine, was not common in Florence until after 1700. The Ballroom features a minstrel’s gallery for performing musicians, and a Steinway grand piano which was played by the Russian virtuoso Anton Rubinstein at a private concert in 1961.
Measuring 135 square meters and can comfortably accommodate 110 seated guests.
The Blue Living Room
The Blue Living room was originally a bedroom in the Sixteenth Century when the villa belonged to the Antinori family. Today it serves as an informal living room. It was frescoed around 1780, on the cusp of Romanticism, with picturesque landscapes and classical ruins as was common for the period. (48.4m2)
The Sitting Room
Facing the Cedar Garden, this small sitting room was entirely frescoed with grotesque motifs in the Nineteenth Century. A curious feature of the room are two small portraits of the villa’s past owners, most likely the Boissevain, which were added in the middle of the last century. (29.2m2)
The Studio was decorated at the same time as the blue living room. It features frescoes in a monochromatic neoclassical style with a trompe-l’oeil effect that mimics a bas-relief. The frescoes are framed in elaborate stucco reliefs.
Villa le Rose and the Florence Charterhouse, just minutes away from the villa, are the only two historic buildings in Florence to house this style of fresco painting. (44.8m2)
The Dining Room
The Dining Room accommodates up to twenty seated guests. A large, five-tiered crystal chandelier with tear-drop and prismatic pendants hangs in the centre of the room.
Around 1700 the dining room was frescoed with the myth of Diana and Actaeon. It depicts how Actaeon, while hunting wild boar, chanced upon Diana bathing. Incensed by the transgression, she turned him into a stag that was duly set upon by his own dogs. (41.9m2)
The open-plan kitchen on the lower floor is spacious and bright, and features a traditional Tuscan fireplace and bread oven. It offers all modern amenities, including a dishwasher and plenty of food storage space.
The whole lower floor maintains its original Fifteenth Century appearance, complete with barrel and cross vaulting. (41.6m2)
The Powder Room
This powder room was originally the en-suite bathroom to a bedroom that was long ago converted to a living area. The original Seventeenth Century grotesque frescoes still adorn it. (15.9m2)
The villa’s basement includes a 130m2garage which can house two to three cars.
The Swimming Pool
The villa’s swimming pool sits in the middle of the north eastern Porcinai Garden. It was built in 1960 where the round corral previously stood. Built in the shape of an oval, the swimming pool measures 18 meters in length and 9 meters in width, and is just short of 3 meters in depth.
Villa le Rose is surrounded by two gardens which measure 1200 square meters combined. On one side of the property lies the swimming pool’s Porcinai Garden, named after the landscape and garden designer Pietro Porcinai.
On the other side of the villa lies the Cedar Garden, named after the 300 year old Lebanon cedar that features prominently over it. A tall hedgerow encloses the Cedar Garden’s English style lawn, the roses, potted plants and an al fresco seating area.
The Villa is surrounded by an eleven hectare park. Historically the land was farmed as was customary for all landed estates. Nowadays, the olive tree plantation still stands the fruits of which go towards producing olive oil. At the foot of the hill lies an artifical lake that collects runoff rainwater.
The Cypress Driveway
Villa Le Rose sits at the end of a 600m driveway lined with cypress trees. When the Antinori family first planted the trees in the 17th Century, they requested that only male cypress trees should be used, believing that they were more elegant and tapered than their female counterpart. They are now a protected landmark.
Rooms & Suites
The unique suites of the villa are immersed in the warm light of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Be enchanted by the fresh morning breeze and the chirping of birds, or by star filled skies and the silence of a romantic evening.
Spread over the two floors of the villa, the six suites reflect the authentic charm of a historical Florentine home. Lovingly selected furnishings and finest materials create inviting and relaxing spaces. Each room has a private bathroom (8 bathrooms in total), air conditioning and telephone.
The Baldacchino Suite : The only remaining bedroom on the ground floor as originally planned by Niccolò Antinori in the Sixteenth Century. The walls are decorated with frescoes depicting Old Testament scenes. Research has dated the work to 1730.
The Baldacchino bathroom is frescoed with grotesque motifs from floor to ceiling and finished with a rare portoro marble noted for its unusually wide veining. Composed of two rooms. The first features a bath with antique crystal fittings, a handbasin and a fireplace. The second room, which is also entirely frescoed, houses the shower. 2 people – 48.8m2
The Roses Bedroom : This was one of the first bedrooms created on the first floor during restructuring work in the Nineteenth Century. Favoured for its prime position, it overlooks the central courtyard on one side and the surrounding countryside on the other. It comprises adjacent twin beds and a spacious seating area. With en-suite marble bathroom which includes a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet. 2 people – 46.4m2
The Green Bedroom : The largest suite in the villa. It owes its name to the green Eighteenth Century furniture in the hallway preceding it. A hidden passageway for staff leads to a service hallway and stairs to the ground floor. The bedroom features a double bed, a sitting area with a working fireplace and a sizeable wardrobe. With its own en-suite marble bathroom which includes a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet. 2 people – 64.8m2
The Oriental Bedroom : This room owes its name to the frescoed walls depicting Chinese figures. It is the smallest bedroom but commands a central view of the villa’s park and lake beyond. Fallow deer, hares and other wildlife can be spotted roaming the estate. The bedroom features a four-poster double bed canopied in Nineteenth Century Tuscan silk and a sitting area with a working fireplace. The Oriental bedroom has its own en-suite marble bathroom which includes a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet. 2 people – 42.4m2
The Pink Bedroom : One of the more modern rooms in the villa, decorated with classic furniture and wood flooring. It is a spacious corner bedroom comprised of two single beds that can be joined together to make a double bed. An oversize sofa-bed may, if needed, accommodate a third guest. The Pink Bedroom has its own en- suite marble bathroom which includes a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet. 2 people – 48.9m2
The Guest Suite : Furnished in a modern style, the room’s corner position commands a view of the cypress tree-lined driveway that leads to the villa. The suite comprises a double bed, a study area and a wardrobe closet. The Guest Suite has its own en-suite marble bathroom which includes a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet. 2 people – 34.9m2
The Staff Bedroom : A double room for visiting staff. It is equipped with a kitchenette and its own bathroom. This bedroom may be used by the villa’s guests if required and has its own bathroom. 2 people – 17.5m2
There are a broad range of additional services to cater to guests personal requests. The Villa provides 5 star hotel services in order to make guests’ stay as pleasurable and comfortable as possible. The close-knit team includes a General Manager, Estate Manager, Conçierge Services Manager, a Chef, a Butler, two maids, a porter and a gardener.
Road and Sky : Private transfers, luxury cars and motorbike rentals, helicopter and hot-air balloon rides, visits to racetracks, track days and visits to car makers’ museums.
Food and Wine : Cooking classes, reservations and the finest restaurants in Florence and Tuscany, wine and oil tasting tours and visits to historic Tuscan wineries and cellars.
Outdoor Activities : Outdoor activities can be arranged such as: golf, sailing, tennis, horse riding, mountain biking and mushroom picking.
Art and History : Private Tours may be organised at your request to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell’Accademia, Corridoio Vasariano, Boboli Garden and Palazzo Pitti. Trips to medieval towns in Tuscany can also be arranged.
Life and Wellbeing : Beauty treatments in the villa, personal shoppers and visits to Florence’s best fashion stores and luxury outlets may be arranged. There are also many spa’s and thermal baths in and around Florence worth visiting.
Private Functions and Special Events : Ask Italian Allure Travel if you wish to plan private functions and unforgettable events to be held at the Villa. Requests for weddings, private functions or other types of rental purposes will be appraised individually.
Rates & Policies
Please contact us to discuss rental prices. Both short-term and long-term rentals are available on request. If you wish to discuss renting the Villa for private functions and special events prices will be set accordingly.
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