Villa Le Rose

  • The aura of the Italian Renaissance pervades Villa Le Rose, one of the luxurious properties in the Ferragamo family’s Lungarno Collection. Here in the 15th century, Marchese Niccolò Tomaso Antinori, a forebear of the noted winemaking clan, chose a serene location in the rolling green hills on the southern outskirts of Florence for his Tuscan country estate. The aristocrat’s two-story villa would remain in the family for some 400 years before passing into other hands. Fast-forward to the 1980s, when Leonardo and Beatrice Ferragamo acquired the villa and began to renovate it, adding the amenities needed for contemporary life but always keeping in mind the home’s charm and historic ambience. Today the residence shares the craftsmanship and impeccable location that are the hallmarks of the Lungarno Collection.
  • Ancient cypresses line the driveway that leads to the villa’s walled, jasmine-scented courtyard. Olive groves and English-style gardens and lawns surround the house, which can accommodate a group of as many as 14 adults and two children.
  • Inside the villa, the walls, towering ceilings, and art and antiques reflect the exuberant decoration of bygone eras. Antique mirrors grace the entry hall, where a series of bronze miniatures celebrates hunting, which is also depicted in the wall paintings. An ornate chandelier illuminates the grand ballroom on the ground floor, and elaborate frescoes enliven the walls.
  • Also on the main floor are the spacious “blue” living room, the bar, and the library-cum–media room.
  • In the formal dining room, amid frescoes and under a crystal chandelier, a party of as many as 22 can enjoy meals prepared by noted chef Donatella Zampoli, a recent addition to the Villa Le Rose staff. For informal repasts, the open-style kitchen, with its traditional fireplace and grill, can welcome 14 to the table; this is also an ideal space for private culinary lessons.
  • Rounding out the ground floor, the Baldacchino junior suite, one of seven bedrooms in the villa, is furnished in the Empire style and features a regal canopy bed.
  • The Baldacchino suite also has an en suite bath with elaborate frescoes and a fireplace.
  • There are also six other elegantly decorated bedrooms, some with sitting areas for afternoon tea, fireplaces, and commanding views of the Tuscan countryside.
  • Outdoors, the loggia offers a shaded spot for lounging, while the oval pool serves as a centerpiece in a walled garden, which also affords a dining table for alfresco meals. Villa Le Rose’s multilingual staff includes a chef, butler, housekeeping, and concierge.

The aura of the Italian Renaissance pervades Villa Le Rose, one of the luxurious properties in the Ferragamo family’s Lungarno Collection. Here in the 15th century, Marchese Niccolò Tomaso Antinori, a forebear of the noted winemaking clan, chose a serene location in the rolling green hills on the southern outskirts of Florence for his Tuscan country estate. The aristocrat’s two-story villa would remain in the family for some 400 years before passing into other hands.

Fast-forward to the 1980s, when Leonardo and Beatrice Ferragamo acquired the villa and began to renovate it, adding the amenities needed for contemporary life but always keeping in mind the home’s charm and historic ambience. Today the residence shares the craftsmanship and impeccable location that are the hallmarks of the Lungarno Collection. (www.lungarnocollection.com)

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