An idyllic wine estate near Florence

Dots White

April 2013

I know we are stretching a point a bit, as Villa Machiavelli, even with its Renaissance Florence connotations, is not exactly in central Florence. However, it is just 12 kilometres south of Florence, and there are magnificent views over the Tuscan countryside to the city - the Duomo and Giotto’s bell tower can both be seen in the distance framed by archways, from the villa’s stunning furnished loggia.

Dating from the late 15th century and once the home of the Machiavelli family, this wonderful retreat exudes atmosphere, with its sumptuous interiors adorned with frescoes and antiques.

The property is set within 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves, which produces three award winning wines and a distinctive olive oil, which you can taste and enjoy during your stay.

As well as the gardens and outdoor pool, there is an indoor spa, with a heated swimming pool, steam room, sauna, relaxation area, treatment rooms and a small gym. A welcome basket of fresh fruit and a bottle of rosé wine will be awaiting your arrival. Full buffet breakfast each day is included in the price as well as daily housekeeping and daily change of bed linen and towels, and the services of a chef and butler during the summer months. The property has a private helicopter landing pad, and transfers can also be arranged from Florence airport or railway station. The 10 bedroom property, and adjacent 19 hotel suites (with separate garden and pool area) is ideally suited for weddings and other special functions.

For all bookings confirmed by 7th June, for stays up until 31st October 2013, we are offering the following:

A 7 night stay for the price of 6 nights

6 nights for the price of 5 nights

5 nights for the price of 4 nights

In addition, guests will enjoy a tutored Wine Tasting in the Wine Cellar and a complimentary bottle each of award winning wine and olive oil in every room.

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