The Exquisite Villa La Massa, Italy
Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, Villa La Massa is the exquisite jewel of the Villa d’Este Group. The 16th century estate sits on the banks of the Arno River, on 20 acres full of lemon trees and olive groves that surround the property. Its reflection on the Arno River renders it almost like a Renaissance painting of the most magnificent bucolic landscape.
Located just a few kilometers outside Florence, you may wish to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the Tuscan capital city, making use of the comfortable shuttle bus that the hotel provides. However, at the end of a busy day, the peace and serenity of the Villa beckons you-so you return to a place where time and your mind, stand still.
The luxury villa is a fascinating Medici dwelling of the 16th century on the outskirts of Florence. Its 22 acres of gardens, complete with olive groves and lemon trees, make for a pastoral setting. It was turned into a luxury hotel in 1948. After a complete renovation by the Villa d’Este Group in 1998 it reopened and its five hundred years of history live on, telling us tales of Renaissance splendour and the lifestyle of Florentine aristocrats in every nook.