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 were in this venue for a wedding. Logistics of planning from the US to Italy was quite a feat. The wedding went off with out a hitch thanks to an amazing wedding planner. The staff promised you the world and then in the end was very disappointing to work with. The villa is beautiful and the wedding outside in October was beautiful. I stayed as a regular guest last year and it was very nice then too.
I organized a yoga retreat held at Villa Mangiacane including dinners and a pizza cooking class. The staff welcomed us with genuine kindness and professionalism. The dinners were beautiful and delicious. The property is absolutely gorgeous and a perfect location in relationship to Florence and the surrounding countryside in Chianti with beautiful excursions into charming towns like Siena, San Gimingnano, Greve, Panzano,etc. The estate manager Graziano worked hard to help me orchestrate the perfect week for my guests and Michele, the manager, was so accommodating and patient with my guests. He was always trying to find solutions to issues or questions as they arised. And Tania was such a sweet presence every day at the front desk. I will be back to visit just to see those lovely people again. I highly recommend staying here!!
Wonderful views, charming and helpful staff.
I reserved a Superior Room and got upgraded on arrival which was delightful.
The room was gorgeous and in all honesty larger than my whole apartment back home.
I ordered a walk in the vineyard with a wine tasting and dinner. It was a nice experience especially when the tour guide brought me to the restaurant to get my appetizer (cheese and meat) and told me which type of food went with each wine.
It is a luxury's experience and I took a whole day just to relax by there pool.
It's was abit above my price range but I wanted a real Italian/Tuscany experience and it was totally worth it.