Dreaming about a magic stay in Tuscany? Get off the beaten path and discover one of the many Tuscan villas. Half way between Arezzo and Florence you find the Valdarno, the valley of the river Arno. Throughout this valley, towers of old villages and castles rise up. At the end of the Middle Ages, the Valdarno Valley was the object of battles fought between the two cities which aspired to dominate Tuscany: the Guelphs of Florence and the Ghibellines of Arezzo.
From medieval castles to art nouveau villas, here are 6 charming locations for your events, dinners, holidays and tours:
Located in Meleto, Villa Barberino was part of the republic of Florence, which was struggling against Arezzo. From 1340, Meleto was the main town of “Avane’s alliance”, a federation of villages near Florence, whose headquarters were the castle of Barberino. Today, it is home to a resort with rooms, apartments, restaurant, a swimming pool and an Italian-style garden.
It's a beautiful 16th century villa near the town of Figline Valdarno, belonging to Trudie Styler and…Sting! With three separate smaller houses within the grounds of Il Palagio’s main villa and a further two large villas nearby, the estate and properties are available for weddings, corporate events, and holiday rentals.
Villa La Palagina
The history of the building is lost in time. It seems that a community of nuns linked to the abbot of Vallombrosa lived here. The monastery was later destroyed due to an earthquake, and what remained was used to build the foundations of a Renaissance villa. In the nineteenth century Palagina became the property of Baron Bettino Ricasoli, one of the leading promoters of the Chianti Classico Consortium. Now, La Palagina is a resort with rooms/apartments and a wonderful venue for weddings, ceremonies and business meetings. "A place where you can breath the magical air of our country, seasoned with flavours of the past".
Villa Masini is a villa in Art Nouveau style built in Montevarchi in 1924-1927. In its limonaia Roberto Benigni decided to shoot some scenes of the film "Life is Beautiful." Check out the official Facebook page of Villa Masini to know more about tours and special events that usually take place in the Villa.
Villa Il Borro
Dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century, Villa Il Borro is the most elegant of the sumptuous villas on the seven hundred acre estate currently owned by the Ferragamo family, which encloses also a medieval village and a wine cellar.
Villa Petrolo is the manor house of Tenuta di Petrolo built between 1700 and 1750. The Villa has a vast private garden of over 1 hectar for the villa's guests and is surrounded by centuries-old cypresses. The Petrolo Estate focuses its activity on the production of Fine Wines, Organic extra virgin olive oil Tuscany IGP and since the 80's Petrolo rents its villas for lovely holidays and farm stays in "agriturismo".