Villa Mona Lisa is a 15th century villa containing two apartments, one with four bedrooms and the other with 2 bedrooms. Guests booking the whole villa enjoy exclusive access to both apartments. Set on top of a hill just outside Florence, it overlooks the Chianti region and is surrounded by 30 hectares of olive groves containing 6000 olive trees. Guests renting the villa have exclusive use of a swimming pool within the grounds. For those hiring the villa for a special occasion, there is also the opportunity to use the wonderful frescoed salon for a special dinner or reception.
The property is steeped in history. In Renaissance times, the property belonged to the Gherardini family, the family of the famous Mona Lisa, immortalised by Leonardo Da Vinci. For the past 200 years, the property has been in the Calamai family and the current owners, Eleanora and Marco, lovingly look after the property and tend the olive groves. Marco looks after the olive trees, following strict rules handed down over the generations. The olives are all picked by hand in order to keep each fruit in tact until it is crushed in the oil mill - a process that has to take place the same night that it has been picked. This, combined with the combination of different olive varieties used - the Frantoiano, Moraiolo and Leccino olive trees each have their own characteristics (taste, perfume and colour) - is what ensures this Tuscan oil is so special.
The property is in an absolutely idyllic setting only 10km from Florence with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. Guests are welcome to wonder through the olive groves. They are also encouraged to help themselves to the wonderful home grown produce from the estate's fruit and vegetable patch. And for those times when you just want to relax, there is a swimming pool and beautiful gardens to enjoy. The interior of Apartment Camelia is beautifully furnished with family heirlooms and antiques. You enter into the kitchen which is well equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, oven, stove, fridge and freezer. There is a large open plan living and dining area with dining table seating 8 and comfortable sofa and chairs. Full length windows reveal spectacular views - guests can enjoy the absolutely breathtaking vista over the pool into the olive groves and Chianti vineyards in the distance. Double doors also lead onto a terrace overlooking the inner garden filled with lemon trees and beautiful roses. There is outdoor furniture for al fresco dining. There are 4 bedrooms in total in this apartment - 2 double bedrooms with the same spectacular views over the olive groves as well as 2 twin / double rooms towards the rear of the property. There are 2 bathrooms. The interior of Apartment Azalea, though smaller, is just as beautifully furnished. There is a large open plan living and dining area with sofa bed and chairs and a dining table seating 4 to 6. Double doors lead onto a terrace overlooking the inner garden filled with lemon trees and beautiful roses. There is outdoor furniture for al fresco dining. There are 2 bedrooms - 1 double bedroom with stunning chandelier and fireplace as well as 1 twin room. There are 2 bathrooms and a kitchen equipped with oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Doors lead to an inner courtyard.
Although surrounded by olive groves, this apartment is just 10km from Florence, thus providing the perfect place from which to explore that historic city. The property is in an absolutely idyllic setting with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. Guests are welcome to wonder through the olive groves. They are also encouraged to help themselves to the wonderful home grown produce from the estate's fruit and vegetable patch. And for those times when you just want to relax, there is a swimming pool and beautiful gardens to enjoy.
A note from Jo
This is a special place to stay. Whilst husband Marco looks after the groves, his wife Eleanora offers guests the opportunity to share her passion for cooking, offering cookery courses. She can also arrange other excursions such as wine tasting at a local vineyard, a visit to a cheese producer or guided tours of the area. Eleanora will also be happy to cook for guests and, on request, guests have the opportunity to dine by candlelight in the wonderful frescoed salon of the villa. All are opportunities we would encourage you to take up.