Villa Magnifico is a stunning luxury villa near Florence, sleeps 14
Villa il Magnifico is nestled in the heart of Tuscany, just a 30 minute drive from Florence. The villa offers unparalleled experiences, rich history, renaissance architecture and a quiet respite for the body, mind and soul. This magnificent villa dating back to the 12th century is surrounded by acres of beautiful Tuscan countryside, vineyards, ancient olive groves and manicured renaissance gardens. The estate has been home to many noble Florentine families over the centuries. Today it boasts a unique fusion of authentic renaissance architecture, frescoes and panoramic views paired with luxury modern comforts and the region’s finest culinary delights. Villa Magnifico is truly a Tuscan paradise.
Meticulously preserved and respectfully renovated to capture its authentic renaissance splendour, Villa Magnifico offers an experience of a bygone era, with modern comforts and luxuries. It is a perfect retreat from the outside world. The villa can accommodate up to 14 guests in seven beautifully appointed suites, elegant salons and beautiful outdoor terraces. The reception room can host intimate gatherings for up to 50 guests.
|7 Jan - 31 March
14 Oct - 15 Dec
|31 April - 5 May
16 Sept - 13 Oct
16 Dec - 5 Jan
|6 May - 15 Sept|
|3 nts - €25,000
7 nts -€47,000
Each of the seven elegant suites, five salons, two dining rooms, original chapel, and ornate library have been restored with the utmost attention to detail to reflect the grand history of the Villa and cater to the needs of even the most discerning guests. Hand selected antiques, renaissance artworks, stained glass windows, tapestries and marble statues capture the Villa’s glorious past and offer an authentic Tuscan experience like no other.
Idyllically situated amongst the rolling hills just outside Florence, the seven acre walled estate with its rich history, elegant accommodation and renaissance gardens is surrounded by a further 100 acre estate. The lush Tuscan landscape with its natural forests, vineyards, peaceful olive groves, and panoramic views provide the perfect setting for a memorable Tuscan holiday.
The atrium is covered by an impressive, intricate glass dome, handcrafted by local artisans to adorn the original courtyard. The courtyard originally gave daylight to the inner halls of the villa and the glass dome still provides light today.
The loggia was built around the atrium, which was once home to a courtyard. Its delightful dark-coffered ceilings, decorated with golden rosettes and elegant blue and pastel wall frescoes contrast and complement the stone door frames and dark wooden doors. The beautiful panel in The Loggia was a gift to the owner from the della Robbia atelier, whose works of art are found in world-class art museums today, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Louvre.
This salon features a large custom-made S-shaped sofa in the centre of the room. It is a perfect place to enjoy the warmth of the period fireplace and admire the beauty of the renaissance artworks.
The marble salon opens up onto the front terrace. As the name suggests, The marble salon boasts a beautiful green and white hexagonal marble tiled floor, typical of the renaissance era. This multipurpose salon can accommodate dinner parties for up to 14 guests. Weather permitting, meals may also be served on the front terrace and during the cooler months or crisp Spring and Autumn days, evening meals can be enjoyed in The marble salon. The purpose built corner bar also makes The marble salon the perfect place for pre-dinner cocktails, or after-dinner liquors.
The east-facing windows in this room are perfectly positioned to allow the morning sun to bathe the salon in natural light.
The library held a special place in the hearts of the noble families who lived at the villa over the centuries, books being an integral part of Renaissance lives. The original owners were patrons of the arts and personally knew many famous poets and writers throughout history. Today, the present owners continue to uphold the tradition by collecting period books for the villa library. Intimate and welcoming, the library features a gold leaf background, regal chairs, and a prized collection of renaissance literature. It's the perfect place to browse through history and delight in a bygone age.
The sacristy is situated next to the chapel. Originally where the priest kept articles of worship, today it is a delightful space and features double doors decorated with the family and Medici coats of arms. The doors open out onto a terrace at the rear of the villa, which has beautiful views over the Tuscan landscape. The room is set up as a TV room with two large crushed velvet couches creating a welcoming ambience, and ideal place to relax and enjoy a classic movie.
Authentic to its renaissance roots, the serene chapel is a magical place with an elaborate stone altar, a 10th century cross with baptism font and beautiful stained-glass windows, which allow natural light into the chapel.
The colourful stained glass windows allow morning light to flood the room and the large natural stone fireplace, with the prominent coat of arms, provides warmth in the evenings. The walls are elaborately decorated by frescoes painted in the trompe-l'œil technique. A large wooden table comfortably seats fourteen guests
The kitchen is a charming room with east facing windows, which captures the morning Tuscan sun. The walls are covered in deep blue frescoes, decorated by hand with golden Florentine lilies, inspired by the three lilies in the Medici coat of arms. The vaulted ceiling was carefully hand-painted by local artists and the elevated stove has witnessed 600 years of history. The Medici made it theirs by decorating it with the Medici coat of arms. The breakfast bar is at its brightest in the early morning, covered entirely in frescos inspired by large bird cages, where plants are nestling in the filigree like structures. Spectacular period windows made of thick lead glass, create reflections in the Tuscan sunlight. Equipped with one of the best espresso machines available, you are guaranteed the perfect coffee while you soak up the morning sunshine. The historic kitchen is a functional family kitchen. A professional chef’s kitchen is also available in one of outbuildings
The tower is the oldest part of the villa and is thought to have been built as a watchtower in the 13th century The ground floor of the tower has been meticulously transformed into a charming hall and the original window opens up into the atrium. There is a delightful window seat with plush cushions and a secluded space to relax and enjoy the views. On the first floor there is an impressive hallway, where the walls are hand painted in the trompe-l'œil style. The tower is the tallest part of the villa and its second and third floors now house the tower suite. Parts of the original stone structure are still visible in the tower suite and in the grand suite, providing authentic evidence of a bygone era.
The villa features seven spacious suites of varying sizes on different floors. 2 suites have private terraces. Elegantly designed, each of the seven suites embrace a renaissance style, feature minimal, carefully balanced, harmonious proportions and design elements reminiscent of the early renaissance. All suites have luxury linen and are equipped with en suite bathroom including a bath, shower, and bidet.
The grand suite is the grandest accommodation in the villa. Glamorous and well-appointed. Three interconnected large salons with fireplaces provide spacious living areas with southern views of the renaissance gardens and the panoramic Tuscan landscape. A large 16th century four poster bed dominates the bedroom. From the bedroom windows, there is a beautiful view of the vineyards. The hand-painted ceiling and wall murals, the classic wooden floors, and the custom-made furniture designed in subtle tones of a bygone era, take you on a serene journey through the renaissance. Presiding over the main salon is an antique replica of the athena justinian (Greek Goddess of Wisdom) Roman statue, circa 100 BC - 300 AD. The grand bathroom has its own fireplace and a large replica of Sandro Botticelli’s, portrait of a young woman. The hand-painted frescoes evident on the shower wall were modelled after the famous frescoes adorning the Palazzo Davanzati, also known as the Museum of the historic florentine house. The grand suite also features an oversized custom made sofa bed in the main salon, allowing for flexibility of sleeping arrangements, and accommodating two additional guests.
Spacious and bright, this suite features large windows that open onto the courtyard and a glass roof that connects the bathroom and bathes the suite in natural light. A large painting of Dante faces the period stone fireplace which overlooks the bespoke sofa. Grand doors lead to the elevated bedroom, which offers direct access to a beautiful terrace. The bathroom is a suite of its own. A large bathing area features a bronze-burnished bathtub, a slightly elevated and exceptionally beautiful urn-like basin, an impressive mirror and a spacious shower. Raphael’s masterpiece, The three graces, elegantly adorns the main wall.
Its ground floor location makes it ideal for guests who prefer stair-free access and its western views overlook one of the villa’s most beautiful terraces, with the hill-tops in the distance. The comfortable chaise lounge in the living room and the elegant archway featuring double windows, offer a peaceful and private place to relax and enjoy this Tuscan paradise. An ornately appointed, bespoke bathroom with a glass-framed wall cleverly conceal the facilities. The unique bath offers a place to unwind while gazing through the window, which opens onto a small courtyard.
The tower suite is on the top two floors of the tower. The salon and bathroom are situated on the first floor of the suite where the original stone structure of the Tower has been left exposed, providing an authentic glimpse of a past era. The open plan bedroom with its colourful, ambient lighting and renaissance stone bath are on the top floor, where the original wooden ceiling beams have been left exposed. There are spectacular views of the estate gardens, architecture, and the valley in the distance.
This junior suite is situated on the east corner of the villa, and features a beautifully appointed terrace, which overlooks a small vineyard. The east-facing terrace catches the morning sun, making it an idyllic place to enjoy morning coffee. Sandro Botticelli’s Idealized portrait of a lady, watches over the suite and the elegant renaissance decor combines with modern comforts to provide an unforgettable, luxurious experience. In the bathroom, brass booths enclose the facilities and shower and a charming free-standing bath with ornate brass feet graces the light, spacious room.
This junior suite is located on the first floor of the villa overlooking the western terrace. The suite offers sweeping views of the countryside and rolling hills and exudes an ambience of serenity. During the renovation, fragments of murals dating back to the 18th century were discovered and have been meticulously preserved. Glimpses of a past era are also captured in the magnificent, renaissance decor. In the delightful bathroom, a giant mirror cleverly conceals the shower and facilities and provides a beautiful reflection of the urn-like earthenware basin and the elegant bath.
The superior room may be the smallest bedroom in the villa, but it doesn’t lack charm. Watching over the room is “detail of an angel” from Leonardo Da Vinci’s ,virgin of the rocks, which complements the delicate shades of marigold which were highly fashionable in the 18th century.
The terraces and romantic gardens at Villa Magnifico provide an oasis of tranquillity and a quiet sanctuary from the world. Be enchanted by the splendour of Tuscany as you roam the estate’s 100 acres of forests, olive groves, and vineyards. Contemplate the beauty of a bygone era from the comfort of a lounger or from the elegant pathways of the renaissance gardens or embrace the Tuscan sun with a midday dip in the hand-built Tuscan stone infinity pool, with its magnificent natural views. Discover your favourite viewpoint, admire the estate statues or relax on your favourite terrace with a classic novel and a glass of finest estate wine.
Located close to the villa and originally where lemon bushes were stored in winter. The Limonaia has spectacular views due to its large windows, which overlook the renaissance gardens and the hills beyond. The Limonaia is divided into a number of long, interconnecting sections. The two main sections are the longest with the first boasting an original stone wall and grand doors leading to the second room. This section of the Limonaia opens up to a beautiful terrace with breath taking Tuscan views. The second has been completely hand-painted and decorated in soft, delicate tones and features the Medici Coat of Arms as well as classical Greco Roman columns. Flooded with natural light throughout the day, The Limonaia is a retreat within the villa and exudes both a sense of grandness and serenity. It offers an idyllic place to relax and enjoy the serenity of the Tuscan countryside and is also spacious enough to host private events for up to 40 people.
“Little Convent” (30 sq mts) is a narrow Tuscan stone building situated close to the Villa. Preserved in all its original glory, the conventino boasts large windows that open onto the lush surrounding Tuscan landscape. It is set up as a gym.
The gardens have been meticulously maintained over the centuries and provide guests with a serene renaissance experience that enhances Tuscany’s finest views. Designed to enchant, with beautiful statues that have been collected over centuries, while integrating seamlessly with the rich, luscious natural landscape, the renaissance gardens are a true masterpiece and an indulgence for the senses.
The heated infinity pool (12 x 4mts) is hand-built in local Tuscan stone and provides solace from the warm Tuscan sun. Take a refreshing dip, swim against the four jet streams or let the jets gently massage you while you enjoy the panoramic views. The three-tiered terraces beside the infinity pool offer comfortable lounge seating and a relaxing spot to to enjoy the Tuscan scenery.
7 acres of private grounds, within a 100 acre estate
Furnished outdoor terraces for relaxing and outdoor dining
Reception room which can host events for up to 50 guests
Limonaia for events (up to 40 guests)
Gym with rowing machine, bench press, free weights
Heated infinity pool (12 x 4mts) with jet stream
Laundry with washing machine & dryer
Private Tennis court (clay)
Check in - from 4pm
Check out - by 11am
Local village 3km