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Lastra a Signa, Chianti-Florence, Tuscany
Starts at €1260 Week / Starts at €265 Night Minimum 4 days
Property Type Apartment
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Sleeps 5
Property View Country View
Nearest Airport Florence/8 km
Property ID #10002

Villa Pandolfini :

Villa Pandolfini is a most sought after historic villa in Florence located at a 100hc Pandolfini estate.  

History : 

Villa Pandolfini 1 is a 12th century historical villa that had hosted famous guests like Napoleon Bonaparte king Charles viii of France .  This villa in florence was originally a hunting residence for the elite Florentine Gentile. The origin of the Pandolfini 1 was near Ponte A Signa and from ancient times they owned this villa and the other villa called on the Arno known as La Torre (the tower) that even today conserves the aspects of a 1300s walled castle. Agnolo di Filippo,  great friend of Cosimo de Medici and admired by Leon Battista Alberti, tired and old retired in the villa of Ponte A Signa for 12 years, here he wrote the brilliant dialogues of the governing of the family and died at 86 years of age in 1446.  In 1434 the formers wealthy nephew Battista di Pandolfini returned in patria from  Naples and gave the initial magnificent architecture to his villa at Ponte A Signa, honoured by  the king of France Carlo VIII on the 13th of November 1495. Pandolfini   has been engraved with the date 1488 which is believed to be the date of the full restoration of this antique palace.  

The linear and harmonious architecture, the beautiful loggia, richly carved windows, the perfect sculpture of the stonework , reflects the work of the famous Bendedetto da Rovezzano. King Carlo VIII of France visited the castle from  childhood. Since the 14th century nothing was changed or hardly confirmed by Giuseppe Zocchi.

At the beginning of the 18th century the Pandolfini sold their antique villa to the family Samminiatelli which immediately resold the villa to the De Prat exiled from France after the revolution.

In one of the living rooms, like the others, the 800 style frescoes ornate the room and hung on one of the walls is a large oil painting of the Marchis Francesco De Prat in his white and red uniform that is narrating to his son the episode of July 14 1790, whilst serving as naval commander, and his meeting with the king Luigi XIV; also present is his wife dressed in satin who seated watches over us. Today all three rest in the chapel constructed by Filippo Pandolfini. 

The Villa Pandolfini 1 : 

The villa is located at a 100hc Pandolfini estate at just 10km from the historical city of Florence.  The estate comprises of a private  forest, vineyards and olive groves.  On the Nobile floor of the villa the renal villa apartment has antiques, frescoed ceilings and a neautiful loggia looking onto a breathtaking renaissance garden.  This is a fantastic location for a complete family holiday.  The villa illustrates famous architecture design. The villa has a shared Swimming Pool and the apartment sleeps 5.

Note: Children from 2 to 13 are not allowed at this villa.  Also the fireplace is just ornamental at this villa.  For security purpose they don't allow the use of fireplace in this villa.

Attractions near by ...

There are Wonderful dining experiences at the many local restaurants, some noted as being the best in Italy. Relax at the villa apartment and enjoy its grounds, wine and forest, or discover the many local attractions such as horse riding, trekking, antique markets, Caruso`s villa and gardens, medieval villages and Etruscan ruins. Trains, buses and all shops within walking distance and close to all major highways. Stroll down and buy your fresh bread or morning cappuccino and experience living  like a local.

This is an incredible vacation experience. Live like a king, totally restored 5 years ago. From the formal living room 2 sets of double doors open onto the loggia and the very typical Italian style gardens with lemon trees, hedges and fountain. Sunny, very peaceful and private, 12m high ceilings with breathtaking frescoes, gold gilded mirrors, terracotta floors, and towering stone carved columns are the features of the lovely property which has been described as one of the best examples of a 14th century villa in Tuscany. The property produces fantastic extra virgin olive oil and typical Chianti wine. Each room is a pleasure in itself; the main bedroom opens onto the front terrace with views of the town and surrounding. The main bedroom has a very large king size bed and the room is enormous. The windows are dressed with silk curtains, the large antique crystal chandelier illuminates the frescoed ceilings and there is a ornate marble fireplace. The second bedroom has wooden parquet floors, arched ceilings with frescoes and a  small en suite with wc and hand basin. The bed is a queen sized and there is an extra single bed.  The main bathroom is 1 full bathroom with a tub, shower, toilet and hand basin and can be accessed from the living room or the main bedroom.  The fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, 4 gas burner stove top, oven, microwave, fridge & freezer, all pots and pans the feature is a vaulted ceiling and ornate fireplace with a dining table seating 6.

This holiday accommodation in Florence along with few other villas sleeps upto 40 people.  The estate is ideal for family parties and get together.  Tours, chefs, guides and drivers can be arranged upon request.  

This is a privileged location only 10 mins from Florence enter whilst enjoying the beauty of country living. The owners speak; English, French, German and Italian.   

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Matrimonial Bed: 2
  • Single Sofa Bed: 2
  • Total Bathrooms: 5|6
  • Bathroom with Tub & Shower: 1
  • Water Closet: 1

Property Features

General features

  • Close to Public Transport
  • Garden
  • Town prox
  • View

Accessories

  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair dryer
  • High Chair
  • Internet
  • Microwave Oven
  • Satellite Connection
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Utensils
  • Stove

Services Available on request

  • Cook
  • Cot
  • Linen
  • Maid service

Activities available on Estate

  • Shared Pool

Activities available nearby

  • Restaurant nearby
  • Pool
  • Wine tasting

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Catherine Jun 12, 2013 18:06 The decription and photographs of this property do not reflect the quality we found. Unusually they did not do it justice, the villa and surrounding grounds are quite simply stunning! We found the people both very helpful, accessible when needed and invisible when you did not, again a great combination. Would we go again - definately. With Florence within a 10 mile drive, this was a perfect location for a relaxing hoilday and very short access to one of the best cities in the world. Negatives - one very minor one - more plates and cutlery in the kitchen and a kettle!! All in all, a brilliant place to stay in a fantasic part of the world.
Frank Jun 12, 2013 17:06 Thanks for arranging our stay at Villa Pandolfini 1 . Sharmila, I am sorry I did not get the chance to meet you. Tosca spoke of you glowingly. We had a nice time during our stay and enjoyed the villa. We chose the villa because it was within walking distance to a town (La Signa) and the train station to Florence. That worked out very well. We were able to get about without a car. The local restaurants were superb; the people friendly; and the train was just two stops to central Florence. At the same time, the estate is spacious, with beautiful country grounds and a nice swimming pool. Great location for day trips also. Lucca, Pisa, Siena all can be reached by train. Tosca was very nice. We enjoyed talking with her and learning about the estate. Re: Italy, they stay up late (though not as late as Spain)! It took a few days of being the only people in the restaurant at 8:00 pm to understand the schedule. After that, we got into it!
Ellen Ferrara Jun 12, 2013 17:06 You will be in, of course, with my highest recommendation. Villa Pandolfini 1 was built in the Renaissance as a hunting lodge for nobles who wanted a quick escape from Florence. These days, at just 12 kms out of town, it is practically suburban. Yet once you cross through the gates you will feel like you are in another world. The villa is the centre of an agricultural estate that stretches across the hills above the Arno here. There are grapevines and olives (you can sample the estate-bottled produce of both) and several rental properties scattered throughout. We stay at the main villa, which is subdivided to provide one rental apartment, one condominium and the home of the owners of the estate. The guest accommodation comprises two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a sitting room. You actually enter through the back of the main building, where a loggia runs along the ground floor and everything looks out over a formal garden. All the rooms are generously sized and palatially decorated. Every ceiling (hovering at least 16 feet above the floor) is painted; 19th century frescos designed to evoke the original renaissance feel of the place. The main bedroom has a king-sized bed, a fireplace, arm chairs, a massive museum-quality baroque mirror and French doors that lead out onto the veranda that runs across the front of the of the villa. The second bedroom has a double bed and a twin. The kitchen is big enough to fit a table that comfortably seats eight and has all the modern conveniences. In addition, there is a massive fireplace and an old marble sink to give an old world feel. The sitting room is dominated by a towering mirror and a portrait of the Prat family, French aristocrats who escaped here after the revolution. (Napoleon was later a visitor.) The furniture is both comfortable and grand. The best feature of this room, however, is the tall pair of French doors that lead out to the loggia and garden. The loggia has well-cushioned wrought iron furniture for lounging or dining (we eat by candlelight here most nights). The gardens you look over are shared by the occupants of the adjacent lemon house (another holiday rental) and the family that owns the condominium, yet we rarely see anyone but the gardener. We frequently play games of bocce across the gravel here, and make lemonade from the ripe fruit that falls from the potted trees that ring the fountain. Villa Pandolfini 1 pool is a 10-minute walk up the hill behind the villa. (If you are not fit, you can drive.) It sits in an idyllic position in the olive grove, overlooking the city of Florence and the roofs and towers of neighbouring villas. Though the pool is also shared by occupants of other rental properties, it is rare to run into other guests. You are more likely to come across the famiglia Broggi in the late afternoon, taking a quick dip before dinner.
Kirk Jun 12, 2013 17:06 Our experience from start to finish with both of you, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Brogi was great. The patience Ranjani showed throughout the months of reserving, making deposits, and the numerous questions I had was admirable. She was always thorough in her responses and very helpful. I do have a few lessons learned that I will share later in this email that might be useful for future travelers. The bottom line: Our stay at the Villa Pandolfini 1 was nothing short of fabulous. It was everything we had hoped for, and more. We were blown away. Although we were to spend a few days in Monaco and then a week in Rome, everyone agreed that we could have spent our entire vacation at the Villa. We stepped back into another century. There are so many words to describe the villa: beautiful, peaceful, historic--a true treasure. TheVilla Pandolfini 1 is what people dream of when they think of a Tuscan villa. Over and over again, my wife, sister, brother-in-law, and me would be enjoying the spectacular loggia and take turns saying how incredible the Villa was. And then when we saw the the other lodging on the estate we just shook our heads in disbelief. I was a real hero for having discovered the Villa. After all of the searching for a place to stay near Florence and the hundreds of places that bombarded me on the internet and dealing with a certain degree of uncertainty about whether places were really as good as they appeared I felt like I hit the lottery when I found the Villa Pandolfini 1 . Our reception by Mrs. Brogi was warm and she was so kind to spend time describing Lastra a Signa; the Villa; how, when, where, to eat and shop; and how to get to Florence. She truly opened up her house to us and gave a us a wonderful tour of the kitchen, ballroom, dining room and the functioning offices of the estate where wine and olive oil are still produced. I was especially fascinated with the 12th century foundation and the incredible, huge wooden wine barrels. Right down the road we discovered ceramic factories and were greeted warmly by the owners and taken on a tour of the faculties including watching the painting of the pieces. Within five minutes from the Villa we were in the hill country. We drove without any destination and one little village is more inviting than the next. We also took a wonderful road trip that took us through Chianti and Sienna and some of the most beautiful countryside. There is so much more, but the only way to truly understand is to see it for yourself. I also want to thank you and Elizabeth for your warm reception and the time you spent with us. Big thanks to Elizabeth for getting us tickets to the Uffizi and to you for letting us check our email and for sharing information about Florence and the Villa. We hope to see you again. And, the sooner, the better. Our warm regards to Singnora Brogi. Cheers and have a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year,
Alan Simpson Jun 12, 2013 17:06 We have just returned home to the UK after three wonderful weeks at Villa Pandolfini 1 . I can not describe to you the wonderful feeling when we pulled up thebeautiful drive on that first day - the villa took our breath away. It is such a beautiful, peaceful place, and the apartment is wonderful -beautifully restored and obviously so well loved. Opening the huge doors onto the loggia in the morning made my wife feel like a Renaissance princess,she says! Signora Tosca was so charming, helpful and kind - we wanted for nothing.She even put salt in our dishwasher for us, and her comment you are onholiday, everything must be right just reflects the care and kind attentionwe received. Please pass on our thanks for what has been a restful, delightful holiday inone of the most beautiful places in the world.
Arno Lange Jun 12, 2013 17:06 As a family of 5 persons we have been staying in the "Villa Pandolfini 1 " for a week in last October. We rented the flat on the ground floor of the villa. (2 bedrooms, living room and kitchen) It was very spacious and nicelyfurnished with antiques. (The beds are modern though ;-) ) There is a second apartment in the main villa and an independent building for rent. I was told Ms.Barr is also offering for rent a moderized farmhouse close by .The place is very quiet, but there is only a 10 minute walk to the railway station. (20 min Florence, 40 min Pisa, 80 min Siena). Our hosts have been reliable, courtious and helpful. (they mailed us our supply of Italian coffee which we forgot.)
Yvon PAROT Jun 12, 2013 17:06 just a few words to tell you that, as you told me, we loved our stay in the beautiful Villa Pandolfini 1 !!! It is a great place and the owners were charmant with us. We hope that we will be able to go there once more to spend more time. Thank you for making our reservation possible
Yvon PAROT Jun 12, 2013 17:06 Anyway, we had, once more, a very good stay and had a good weather too. As usual, Mr. and Mrs Brogi were very kind and I had special thanks for them as I had some health problems when we arrived there and they help me to see a doctor and got the necessary medecine. My parents were very pleased and enjoyed, of course, the quiet of the house and the beautiful decoration inside and the surroundings too. We visit Firenze quickly, Pisa and Siena too, so they had a view of 3 different Tuscany Cities. We wish you a wonderful day in Tuscany we love very much. Best regards from Jean-Claude, my parents and me to both of you. Thanks to send our regards to Mr. and Mrs Brogi too.
John and Susan McFadden Jun 12, 2013 17:06 Our week at Villa Pandolfini 1 was a real highlight of our three-week visit to Italy! Our children joined us for the week. My criteria for selecting Villa Pandolfini 1 - a sense of age and history, convenient to Firenze but located in a community with its own identity - were more than adequately met. My spouse and son took a cooking lesson at the villa one day while I drove our daughter and her boyfriend through the Chianti district, and they finally learning the proper way to fry eggplant as well as how to prepare gnocchi and other delights: how convenient to have the lessons offered right at the villa. All staff members were extremely helpful and Sharmilas children were an absolute delight - our (young adult) children had a great time playing with them in the pool! Being present during "World Cup Fever" was an added bonus. It was a restful and thoroughly enjoyable stay and we very much hope to return one day.
The Burk Family Jun 12, 2013 17:06 We had a wonderful time in Italy and our stay at the Villa Pandolfini 1 was "merveilleux"! We are sorry we did not have more time there especially to enjoy the town La Signa itself. We loved the villa and its historically grand setting. The beautifully well kept garden, for an avid gardener like me, was a special treat and just so relaxing to have as our surrounding as well as the olive tree pathway to the pool was so fitting for this Tuscan villa. Elizabeth, also thank you for all your help with providing phone numbers so I could cancel my stolen credit cards and receive my new one. Your patience with all the back and forth calls were very much appreciated. We would love to come back and stay longer next time! We have enclosed some pictures of the villa while we were there. Thank you for a wonderful stay. Ciao!
Harold Gaynor Jun 12, 2013 17:06 Memories of The Villa Pandolfini 1i: Staying here is like staying with family, in this case the Brogi family of two generations. Whatever our needs [as it turned out we had many of them] the Brogis were there to assist us. The villa itself is in a castle built in the 14th century and is both spacious and beautiful inside and outside. My wife is a gourmet cook and enjoyed taking a cooking class which prepared dinner for the evening meal which I attended. The food was delicious and the entire evening wonderful. We even went on a wine tasting tour with the class the next day to Sienna. The location was perfect, only minutes by car to the train station [Florence 15 minutes], the Autostradas closeby. A big bonus were the many fine restaurants nearby by car that equalled the finest in Italy. Our two weeks at the Villa went quickly and we were sorry to leave even though we were off to the Amalfi coast . Tips: Be sure to have a cell phone that works in Italy before you get there; if driving, use the credit card payment booths to avoid long lines; use the train to Florence to avoid the parking problem; don not rely on a navigation system, they don not work well in Italy as I unfortunately found out; don not rent an automatic car, I turned mine in for a shift; have good maps. All in all, you will be in "good hands" with the Brogi family!
Mary Lee Field Jun 12, 2013 17:06 I am happy to write about our stay at theVilla Pandolfini 1 from April 21-28. The general comment is that we were delighted with the whole experience. Our apartment was spacious, spotlessly clean, comfortable, and just right for us. The pictures we saw in advance did not mislead us about anything!! All our dealings with your office were easy and efficient. The meal cooked by chef Lisa was fabulous!! Ms Tosca was kind and helpful and delightful. She directed us to her grocer, the market, and any other services we needed. We have recommended Florence Villas to many friends, and we will eagerly contact you again if we have the chance to return to Italy. It has been a pleasure -- keep up the good work.
Lyssa Adkins Jun 12, 2013 17:06 Thank you for helping us find the most beautiful villa in Florence. Villa Lunnetta is half of the bottom floor of a huge 13th century villa which used to be a hunting lodge for the nobles of Florence. The villa owner is on site and she is warm, welcoming and very flexible. The setting is beautiful with olive trees and grape vines - it is a working villa and we loved that aspect of it. It is within easy walking or driving distance to the train station which is a quick 20-minute ride to Florence. The perfect home-base for travels all around the region. Thanks, again. We will come back to Italy someday and we will think of you first when we do. - See more at: http://www.florencevillas.com/property_detail.php?idunit=1639#sthash.FUlfPXRL.dpuf

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