Accommodation housed in a magnificent 15th century villa built by the Machiavelli family
Nestled in the heart of the Chianti Classico winemaking region, Villa Mangiacane is a magnificent 15th century villa built by the Machiavelli family, bearing the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. Located just 12km south of Florence, Mangiacane offers twenty-six individually designed rooms and suites, and it is set within 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves. The private estate produces three award-winning wines and a distinctive olive oil which you can taste and enjoy during your stay. The classic beauty of Villa Mangiacane, combined with its history, art, and idyllic countryside setting, create the perfect backdrop for a Tuscan wedding, unforgettable holiday or exclusive rental. Luxurious facilities complement the private villa, including the newly opened Nadushka Spa, three swimming pools, unique sculpture gardens and breathtaking Tuscan views of the Duomo in Florence. Villa Mangiacane is an ideal location from which to explore Florence, San Gimignano, or the magnificent city of Siena.
As regards Michelangelo's contribution to the design, there is no doubt that he was the architect of the frescoed loggia, which means that he may have turned his hand to other parts of the building as well. In any case, given the significance of the owners, the original building plans are preserved at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The name "Mangiacane" is derived from the Latin Magna Cane ("large dog"), which in turn refers to the Neapolitan mastiffs which once guarded the villa. During restoration work, some Renaissance frescoes were rediscovered and carefully restored. They were probably originally painted for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays or other important dates. The theme of art continues in the form of 130 pieces of Shona sculpture. The Shona style is considered as the most important art movement created in 20th century Zimbabwe.
The five-star luxury accommodation at Villa Mangiacane is unique for the fact that it features original artwork and furniture from all over the world, recreating the atmosphere of a private home. The rooms all offer stunning views of the countryside, with its gardens and vineyards. All bathrooms have luxurious bathrooms with accessories by Ferragamo. Standard equipment in the rooms includes plasma television, surround sound, internet access, and full mini-bar. The Royal Suite is the jewel in the crown, with a hand-made silver double bed frame from India, in a spectacularly large (150 square metres) room with high ceilings and large windows-. There is a fireplace, a private dining area, a superb bathroom with a marble and onyx whirlpool bath, a walk-in shower and a personal steam room. A private dining and butler service completes the experience.
The hotel's services include a complimentary shuttle service from Villa Mangiacane to Florence and back.
An authentic Tuscan countryside experience is what you will have at Villa Mangiacane. Set on 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves, which produces three award-winning wines, dining options include outdoors, inside the elegant restaurant, privately in the vinoteque or by the fire, all in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine-making region. The Chef fuses his passion with creativity to give an international twist to regional specialtiies and offers personalised cooking classes to those interested in learning about the soul of Tuscany through food, history and culture.
Luxos Recommends: Veal cooked in extra-virgin olive oil, puréed potatoes with extra-virgin olive oil