Podere Palazzo is a stunning holiday villa in the heart of Tuscany perfect for a group getaway. It's like a Renaissance painting of natural beauty. Every window is a living masterpiece.
How would you describe Chianti Villa in a nutshell?
A long avenue of cypress trees lead up to this villa that must have sprung right out of an Italian Fairytale. Chianti Villa is the most charming Tuscan wedding location, a countryside villa with Italian Gardens, gazebos, a swimming pool and an atmosphere of faded glory, luxurious and yet so countryside-rustic. You can stay at the villa rental or the charming, smaller farm houses that fit between 4 to 12 people.
Please tell us a bit about the history of the villa and your family.
The villa has been in our family for over 280 years. We have found written records of it in the Vatican archives that date back as early as 1059. Through the centuries it has consistently been mentioned, as on the 11th of June 1254 when a peace treaty was signed by the Florentine delegate Maestro Brunetto Latini, tutor of Dante Alighieri. In 1555 the villa was incorporated into the Medici family possession. Later, the ownership passed on to the family of Golia, then to the family of Accarigi and then to our grandmother's family. The final transformation of the villa happened around 1700 and added an Italian-style garden, statues and fountains as well as a long alley of cypress trees that still exist. In the entrance area are two columns left from that period as well.
To you personally, what is so special about Chianti Villa?
When my mother shows our guests around and tells them about the history of the villa, I can see how amazed and happy they are about what this place means to our family. This shows me how special it is.
What would you describe your philosophy?
If there is a philosophy, it is to share the history and lifestyle of past centuries with our guests.
And the estate is a great venue for weddings, big birthday parties and other events?
Yes, it is the perfect location. In our garden you will find 2 terraced gardens divided into 4 areas with fountains and antique statues, perfect set for the reception. And in the back of the main Villa there is a romantic garden where we can organize a wonderful dinner under the trees. In the garden of the farmhouse you can relax around the infinity pool facing the marvelous vineyard and the incredible view of all the surroundings. This area is also perfect for the after-dinner party, a pizza party, a big BBQ or just dancing till the morning with all your friends! There is no time limit when we rent the entire venue to one group, we only require the music to be a bit lower after 1 am to avoid any troubles with the neighborhood.
And if there is bad weather we have the wonderful ballrooms on the ground floor of the Villa. They are big enough for 60 people seated on one imperial table. The Granary can seat up to 150 people and the Lemon tree house can seat around 50 people or up to 100 for standing cocktail or informal style lunch. The maximum capacity inside and outside is 150 people.
We also own a very intimate and romantic garden inside the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni where we often organize a picnic or wine tasting for our guests after a nice walk to Monteriggioni through the fields and woods. It is such an incredible experience!