What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes a generous breakfast buffet and a welcome drink
- Timeless Tuscan retreat surrounded by cypress trees, rolling hills and lush, colorful gardens
- Two outdoor swimming pools with plenty of lounging space
- Less than a 30-minute drive from Florence
What To Know
- Staff can organize wine tastings and cooking classes
- One of the villas, Machiavelli, is often used for private parties
- A city tax of approximately $3 (€2.50) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on 600 acres of vineyards and olive groves seven miles south of Florence, this rural retreat is made up of two neighboring villas from the 15th and 16th centuries. Villa Machiavelli is said to have been partly designed by Michelangelo, and it towers majestically over the surrounding hills. Villa Mazzei’s reception lounge is pure Renaissance glamour (giant marble fireplace, overstuffed sofas, gilded mirrors, beam ceilings). An unexpected (and delightful) touch is the artwork in the gardens: 220 Shona sculptures from the Zimbabwean owner’s collection dot the lawns.
Bed & Bath
The 28 guestrooms are individually decorated, but all offer a taste of Old World luxury. Plush velvet armchairs, heavy brocade curtains, hand-painted antique wardrobes, and beds so high you need a little velvet footstool to climb aboard. The marble bathrooms feature huge walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads (the galleried guestrooms have stand-alone whirlpool baths for long, sybaritic soaks). For balmy evenings, most of the rooms in Villa Mazzei (apart from the Classic Doubles) have their own private gardens with small stone plunge pools.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the traditional dining room (complete with beam ceilings and chandeliers) or in the herb-scented courtyard garden. The breakfast buffet is piled high with prosciutto, pecorino, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs and bacon, along with superior Italian cakes. Evening highlights include pasta with a creamy truffle sauce. Each villa has its own large swimming pool surrounded by canopied loungers and elaborate gardens perfumed by jasmine and lavender. Light lunches are served by the pool in Villa Mazzei, but you’re welcome to pack a picnic.
In the Area
A path cuts through the vineyards and leads directly to the tiny hamlet of Sant’Andrea in Percussina. Its claim to fame is the farmhouse where Niccolò Machiavelli lived and wrote his notorious 1513 political manuscript The Prince. Opposite is the Albergaccio Trattoria, where Machiavelli used to dine and which serves good if rather overpriced plates of pasta. Florence and her Renaissance riches are less than 30 minutes away. Don’t miss the Tuscan capital’s soaring 15th-century Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and its tiny jewelry stalls, the awe-inspiring church of Santa Croce and the treasures within the Uffizi Gallery.
How to Get There
We are a family of diplomats who wanted to visit the villa in order to decide if we are going to stay there in summer 2019. We entered the estate, parked our car and made our way to the terrace and the restaurant where there was no one present. We genuinely wanted to sit down, have a drink at the pool and talk to the owner or other staff to book our place. There was no one around so we decided to take a walk and see the estate. We went inside one of the villa which was open.We looked around for about 10-15 minutes and then decided to walk down to find someone to talk to. Still no one around. All of a sudden, one of the house-keeping ladies ask us what we are doing and we explained to her. She didn’t even let us finish the sentence and she went absolutely crazy. She started shouting to us and telling us to get off the premises immediately. Don’t forget the fact that we are public figures and even had security with us. This woman treated us like we were some scums of this earth. It is absolutely inappropriate and rude to talk to anyone like this especially to people who want to be your clients. If they didn’t want anyone to enter the property they should’ve protected the area much much better or made it clear to our security at least. This lady made my child cry and panic.Really didn’t want to bring this up but we are very disappointed that we will not be spending our holiday there because apparently we are not wanted.
Such a lovely setting amongst the olive groves and vine yards
Plenty of places to relax in comfort weather under a cabana in the garden by the pool or on the many terraces of the grand palazzo of Machiavelli where you see the Duormo in Firenze which is illuminated at night
It well worth having a wine and olive tasting tour
The ayervedic therapist was incredible best madsage ever
The staff her all so welcoming and helpful
We ate here every day as the food was first rate
This stay was our last night in Tuscany. Villa Mangiacane is just beautiful and comfortable both inside and out. We definitely would stay again and for longer if possible. The staff was so helpful and friendly. Thank you to them all.
The property and staff are amazing. Great central location for touring Chianti, Florence and Siena areas. The kitchen was inconsistent. While breakfast was outstanding, some of our dinner meals were served under temperature. And get ready for showers and baths in the middle of the bedroom. Awkward to some. Either love it or hate it. Overall. Top scores.
We arrived at Villa Mangiacane as the sun was making its way toward the horizon. We had to phone the hotel because Google Maps failed us. But the iron gate soon creaked opened and we were riding down a long, rose-lined path adjacent to the villa’s vast vineyards and gardens. A delightful young lady nam\ed Beatrice greeted us and gave us the key to our room — a duplex with a nice view and the bathroom up a staircase, which, honest\y, was not ideal. Sill, modern and clean.
We soon sauntered out by the pool, found two chaise lounges and crashed for 30 minutes. Rejuvenated, we took in the lush property, including the sculpture garden and large structuyre where the property stages its )n=many) weddings.
With its hilltop vistas of the vineyards and the Domo in Florence just 20 minutes away, we understood why. Exhausted, we took our dinner at the hotel after we learned the recommended restaurant Villa Machiavelli (just a short walk from the hotel through the vineyards, wild boars notwithstanding) was closed Sunday nights.
Just three couples also dined in the nicely decorated, white table-clothed dining room with jazz music playing, sometimes too loud. My risotto with dabs of ricotta cheese and asparagus was not as hot as I like it, but delicious nonetheless. Barb had the pasta with a lamb ragu and tomatoes. Our waitress Sabrina was delightfully engaging, and the manager Matteo, a good source of local information on the villa’s own wine.
While nowhere near as opulent or luxurious as Villa D'Este (our previous stop), I found the hotel grounds lush and inviting and our room comfortable and quiet with expansive vineyard views.