Villa La Torre – Florence
The interiors have been completely redesigned by one of Italy's top designers, whose style is definitely modern, even though she mainly uses traditional materials. The result is a contemporary, understated elegance.
La Torre accommodates up to 16 guests in its 8 double bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom. All bedrooms are decorated in pastel colors with antique pieces and rich and colorful fabrics. There are three sitting rooms one of which is the Belvedere living room located on the tower with four bright, arched windows which provide a splendid platform for a panoramic views of the gentle Tuscan hills.
The Prince and Princess of Wales were guests at the Villa La Torre estate in March on their first trip together to Italy in 1986.
• Large wisteria covered gazebo near the villa and the landscaped vegetable garden, with dining table and outdoor sitting room
• 7 hectares of private park with perfectly manicured lawns, flower beds and a few antique statues.
• Astro-turf tennis court and soccer field
• Clay bowling court
• Staff quarters in a separate part of the property
• A grand living room located in the tower with four large windows and uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside
• Two dining rooms both with large French doors onto the garden
• Large professionally equipped kitchen with direct access to the main dining room
• 5 double bedrooms, 1 queen and 2 twins, all air conditioned, individually decorated and all en suite
• Wi-Fi throughout the villa and the garden
• Satellite TV and DVD reader in each room
• Finest Italian bed and bath linen
• Mosquito screens throughout the house
• Rooms and bathrooms have complete sets of linen, towels, hairdryer, and Ortigia bath sets including soap, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.
• Ice making machine and wine in the fridge in the kitchen
• House alarm and safe
• Cots, cradles, high chairs and prams can be easily provided.
• Firewood supply for fireplaces
• Products from the estate such as extra virgin olive oil, season crops from vegetable garden and orchard and honey are offered to the guest in a welcome basket
• Wheelchair friendly villa. Ground floor suite suitable for persons with reduced mobility. No steps to reach the dining table in the garden and the pool.
Staff | Service included
• Weekly bed and bath linen change
• Pool towels change twice a week
• Gardener and pool maintenance
• Air conditioning
Staff | Service on request
• House heating
• Personal laundry
• Cooking and grocery shopping
• Extra maid service
• Extra linen change
• Full Concierge service
• Wine tasting at the villa
• Laundry service; the villa's laundry is not open to guests
• Masseur, Reflexology, stress management
• Classes of Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi or gym with personal trainer
• Cooking classes
• Closest commercial and private airport Florence 20 km/30 minutes drive
• Florence city center 12 km/30 minutes drive
• The famous Chianti area at your doorstep, with gentle hills covered in vineyards and olive groves, small hilltop villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone 28 km/40 minutes drive
• San Gimignano 50 km/ 50 minutes drive
• Siena 65 km/ 1 hour drive
• Arezzo 80 km/ 1 hour drive
• Pisa 80 km / 1 hour drive
• Viareggio 110 km/ 1 hour and a half drive
• Rome 280 km/ 3 hours drive
Things to do
• Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called "Il Campo." Twice a year the famous horse race known as the "Palio" takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.
• Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
• San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area.
• The seashore: the sandy beaches along the coast of Versilia at turn of the century Viareggio and fashionable Forte dei Marmi with their trendy bars, designer shopping and some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy
• Restaurants: eating out is a way of getting to know the area. Simple local trattorias rub their shoulders with more sophisticated restaurants specialised in refined cuisine. Fresh local produce allways plays the leading role.
• Local craftsmanship: hand-made terracotta pots from Impruneta, hand painted pottery from Montelupo, mouth-blown crystal glass from the neighbouring village Colle Val d'Elsa, not to mention the south bank of the Arno river in Florence where you will find a multitude of craftsmen working silver, leather, wood, glass, paper and metal.
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