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MAGNIFICENT 8BD-8.5BA VILLA WITH HEATED POOL 1 MILE AWAY FROM HEART OF FLORENCE!

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms8
Half Baths1
Space 836 m²
Property type villa

Overview

About the property

8 Bedrooms, 8.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

This magnificent 8 BD - 8.5 BA 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 their very best!

The villa is nested within 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of private land and has recently been extensively renovated (early 2017) by the owners to the highest standards. All of the original charm and architectural features have been strictly maintained and are highlighted by the typical Tuscan landscape, second to none for its striking beauty.

Original frescoes were found in several rooms during restoration work, having previously been painted over and hidden (by past owners). Each living space has been elegantly appointed, combining traditional and contemporary elements including artwork from the owner’s private collection that has been in the family for generations. This very special atmosphere makes the villa a truly unique gem, just within a few minutes from the very best that the city of Florence has to offer!

This secluded estate boasts breathtaking views of the beautiful Tuscan hills and provides its guests with a unique blend of indoor and outdoor living, perfect for a family reunion, a group of friends traveling together, or an anniversary party. With its 8 wonderfully decorated bedrooms (each with it’s own private bathroom), the property offers the ultimate accommodation for your dream luxury holiday in Florence!

The Outdoor Area – Garden and Pool.

The villa features a beautiful stone courtyard with a water fountain, several shaded areas (perfect for relaxing during the hot summer days), a large private pool with beautiful views of the surrounding hills, olive groves, and several lawns that are ideal for outdoor summer banquets.

The garden is spread over different levels and is full of fruit and olive trees, colorful roses, century-old cypresses and pine trees. Every Fall season the olives are harvested to produce a delicious organic olive oil (guests are welcome to participate in the harvesting process, that is always lots of fun!).

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

The Private Heated Pool.

The wonderful salt-water infinity pool is perfectly maintained at all times and comes with a full set of comfortable sun loungers, several parasols, and brand new outdoor furniture (including a table with chairs for al fresco dining by the pool). Being fully exposed to the sun all day, the pool’s water gets very warm (often more than 31-32 Celsius/88-90 Fahrenheit) during the summer months, while it is heated during the Spring and Fall.

The pool size is: 11 meters in length 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 best and most important features. While immersed in the beauty and quietness of the typical Tuscan landscape it is located just about a mile away from Porta Romana Square (where the old city walls begin), 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 or even on foot.

Just to name a few examples, world renowned Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and the Uffizi museum (the very “heart” of the historic 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 6-7 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 just to name a few), the freeway to places like San Gimignano or Siena, and to the A1 Highway (to reach Rome, Milan, Naples or other places in Tuscany such as Pisa, Lucca).

The Layout.

Interiors:

The villa spreads over 3 floors (ground, first and second), is more than 800 square meters (about 9000 sq. ft.) in size, and comes with a total of 8 double bedrooms and 8 full bathrooms so it can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests. All of the interiors have been completely renovated (in early 2017) with brand new beds, mattresses, sofas, curtains and carpets of the finest Italian quality.. Below is a detailed description of each floor:

Ground floor:

- Large Living Room (85 s.m. – 1000 sq. ft.) with original Frescoes, ceilings about 5 meters (18 ft) high, and a 47" Led TV (with sky satellite channels and an oversized comfortable sofa)

- Large fully equipped eat-in kitchen with original Frescoes on the ceiling and a large teak wooden table. Equipped with an American style fridge/freezer/ice maker, dishwasher, oven, gas stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, VitaMix blender, Nespresso Coffee machine, French press and Drip-coffee machine, Moka style machine (Italian style coffee machine).

- Open dinette attached to the kitchen furnished with a second wooden table

- One King bedroom with en-suite bathroom (with shower)

- Large Laundry room with washer and dryer, iron and ironing board

- Powder room

From the kitchen-dinette area it is possible to access the courtyard (where the water fountain is located) to the covered patio for outdoor dining (equipped with a large table accommodating up to 16 guests) and the outdoor living room with new, comfortable furniture.

First floor:

- The main entrance to the villa (from the facade) is located on this floor

- Entrance hall

- Office room with large desk and Wi-Fi printer

- Kitchenette equipped with dishwasher, sink, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, and a stove

- Formal Dining room with large table for seating up to 16-18 guests

- 1 Queen bedroom with en-suite bathroom (with shower). Upon request it is possible to setup as two twin beds

- 1 bedroom with two large twin beds (that can be joined to form a King bed upon request) and an en-suite bathroom (with shower)

- 1 bedroom with two twin beds (that can be joined to form a King bed upon request) and an en-suite bathroom (with shower)

Second floor:

- 1 Master Bedroom with King bed, a large walk-in closet, and an en-suite bathroom with shower

- 1 Master Bedroom with King bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower

- 1 Master Bedroom with King bed, original Frescoes on the ceiling, and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower

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

Amenities.

- Air conditioning

- Private (heated) swimming pool with comfortable modern lounges, table and chairs with umbrellas

- Internet Wi-Fi throughout

- Sky satellite TV in the villa's Main Living Room (47”) and one in the Master Bedrooms on the 2nd floor (50”)

- Private garden and Spacious gated parking (for up to 15 cars)

*** A “City Tax” of € 2.50 per person per night, applicable for a maximum of 7 nights, is to be paid upon arrival as per the city of Florence regulatory rules (kids under 12 are exempt)***

More Details

Owner
Olga Alexandra Weigelsperg
Member since: 2003
Speaks english, german, spanish, italian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
14 December, 2017

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Galluzzo, Italy

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 836 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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
    Bathroom 9 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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5

Wonderful Property

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time with family and friends to celebrate a 50th birthday and Thanksgiving. Great for kids and adults and a large group. The owner’s have everything you need and arsenal of service providers to make your stay as custimaizable as you wish. The private chef Alessio and his team did not disappoint on any point during our stay and our driver Tommaso was a great way to get around to wineries and local attractions. Everyone made us feel welcome and enjoy our vacation. Memories were made for a lifetime! Gratzie Mille!!

  • Review Submitted: 27/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 30/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

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: 27/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, va
5

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: 06/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: 18/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ocean City NJ
5

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.

What more can I say? WONDERFUL! THANK YOU ANTONELLO. WE HOPE TO RETURN!

  • Review Submitted: 20/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Florence Airport
Nearest Ferry
53 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Parco di Firenze
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Florence Santa Maria Novella train station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
A1
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Il Pipistrello
Nearest Ski
79 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Forte Dei Marmi
Car: not necessary

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