Villa Calcinaia

Situated in the open countryside just outside Florence, Villa Calcinaia is a cozy hideway, completely and lovingly restored into a beautiful and comfortable holiday home featuring Tuscan antiques and ceramics. This lovely stone house is part of a large estate, which includes a 17th century villa. The property is ideal for families and couples who wish to visit Florence and the nearby Tuscan towns as well as relax in the beautiful countryside just outside the city center. Larger groups can also rent the nearby Vittoria (which sleeps 8).

A warm terracotta tile floor, original exposed stonewalls and wooden beam ceilings invite you into Villa Calcinaia's living room. The living room is adjacent to the fully equipped, spacious kitchen, perfect for relaxing with wine around its cozy fireplace. Or if you prefer, walk out of the kitchen and directly into La Florenza's large and peaceful private garden. Surrounded by olive trees and equipped with a sun terrace with lounge furniture, the garden is ideal for barbecues. Upstairs you'll find a beautiful queen bedroom and one king/twin bedroom (both rooms share a bathroom) with lovely features such as large, gorgeous arched windows opening onto the surrounding vineyards.

Villa Calcinaia offers the use of a shared swimming pool located next to the property, in the garden of the estate. Private parking and barbecue are provided. Nearby you can enjoy an 18-hole golf course or horseback riding—or, of course, you can visit Florence, which is practically at your doorstep!

Villa Calcinaia History

  The Altoviti family is one of the oldest noble families in Florence. The origins of the family are mysterious & controversial among scholars. In excavations on Mount Fiesole, a Roman inscription refers to "Furio Camillo Altovia". Other eveidence is based on a specific emblem with a wolf, traced to Corbizzo Lombard, who in 1192 lived in Borgo Santi Apostoli and had seven children, including one called Altovia: possiblyrefering to the same family and reinforced by the Emperor Frederick II accompanied by the wolf. The arms of the Altoviti wolf is silver & black and represents a legendary wolf that would have saved the head of the family, tearing his enemies to pieces. There are also connections to Squarcialupi and Passerini genealogy & family history.
In Florence, the Altoviti family belonged to palace #14, of 18 Borgo Santi Apostoli, which has a bust of Cosimo II de 'Medici on the facade and goes back to the period after the reconciliation between the two families. In Chianti, the Altoviti had the patronage of the church of San Pietro a Cintoia (Greve in Chianti).

With the takeover of Cosimo I, the wealthy banker Bindo Altoviti was openly hostile and therefore suffered the confiscation of property and exile in Rome. Bindo patroned many renowned artists such as Raphael and Cellini, who portrayed him in their works. Giorgio Vasari signed him to the table Allegory of the Conception to the Holy Apostles.









Location: Florence Area, Tuscany, Italy

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