After the famous Italian political figure and Renaissance philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli had a clash with Florentine government and eventually was banish from the city, he settled in his uncle's house about 12km south off his beloved Florence. Just like in the old days, the stately 15th century villa stands surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with a skyline of the city showing in the distance. The upper loggia of Villa Mangiacane is aligned with the dome of the Florence Cathedral and it's easy to imagine Machiavelli himself sitting there and gazing into the distance. Even with sadness in his heart, he managed to summon enough inspiration to write his well-known work "The Prince".
Visiting Villa Mangiacane is a truly exciting historical experience. There are rumors that Michelangelo himself has taken part in creation of its design while the new owner initiated a serious restoration project of his newly acquired property.
Three swimming pools spread out in its courtyard while the villa's garden features a collection of South African contemporary sculptures.
It should be mentioned however that certain changes in villa's management are in the process now, and, as it happens in times of changes, certain drop in the level of service can be observed, too. Yet breakfast there is invariable excellent with all the Tuscan goodies on your table! Prosciutto, hams, soft and hard cheeses, fruit, sparkling wine and freshly squeezed juices and coffee - all of that you can savor indoors, al fresco or even in the sculpture garden.
As for lunch, you may opt for a nice walk through vineyards to one of the marvelous restaurants of the nearby village, doing it just the same way as Machiavelli did centuries ago - exchanging a word of two with local people along the way and drawing inspiration from the beautiful nature that surrounds you.
Via Faltignano 4,
San Casciano VP, 50026
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Phone: +39 055 829 0123
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