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 spent three nights at the Villa Mangiacane. Upon checkin our initial room that was shown to us was really quite below par (ground floor, dark, humid, it felt like a cave) but this was quickly solved and we got a room with the stunning views of the Tuscany countryside. the rest of our stay was very relaxing, the staff are extremely nice and courteous, the pool and the surrounding grounds very nice as well. the aircon was quite loud so we had to turn if off during the night and could not open the windows due to mosquitos. The prices at the bar/restaurant were quite high (espresso for 6 euros and copierto at 5 euros?) so this felt a bit like a rip off. other than that a very nice stay in the heart of Tuscany,
This hotel is spacious and relaxing with infinity pool, outdoor restaurant and gorgeous vineyard views. The staff offers a welcome drink and the rooms are comfortable and quiet, while eclectically decorated. Our bathroom was in the middle of the huge room
with glass partition, and chandelier over the bed The herb garden, quiet paths and friendly service make this a wonderful choice. A nearby winery and restaurant within walking distance was once home to Macchiavelli, and a small museum is free to visit
We have loved the 3 day add-on to our cruise that included accommodations, breakfasts and a 2 dinners at Villa Mangiacane. The accommodations are charming, the grounds are beautiful and feel secluded and peaceful with views that take your breath away. The food was wonderful and service was outstanding.