To move into a more modern Calenzano—and deepen your understanding of one of the area’s major artisan traditions—look no further than what’s alternately referred to as the “Villa di Collina” or the “Villa Ginori”. Several illustrious Italians are said to have passed through this place, including the poet Francesco Redi, who was particularly fond of the wine produced by the villa, making reference to it in a work he dedicated to Bacchus, the god of revelry. Baccio Bandinelli, a contemporary of Michelangelo, was called in to carry out some finishing touches on the villa’s defensive elements by then-owners the Salviati family.
But of particular interest to today’s visitors is the structure’s ties to the Ginori family—the famous porcelain manufacturers whose business is still active today in nearby Sesto Fiorentino. In 1843, for 1200 florins, Marianna di Lorenzo Ginori Lisci purchased the villa: the family had just recently founded the ceramic manufacture and believed there to be an ample supply of raw materials in the woods surrounding the villa. Today, the venue has a largely agricultural vocation, but any visit will be enriched by knowing this background.