Villa La Massa – Florence

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Villa La Massa – Florence 

A perfect place to recharge you senses and unwind in the town of the RENAISSANCE

This splendid property rises on the banks of the Arno river, just a few minutes driving outside Florence.

Surrounded by 22 acres of gardens, full of olive and lemon trees, it was built in the 16th century for an aristocratic Florentine family and transformed into a luxury five stars hotel in 1948.

Its 41 elegant and sophisticated rooms are decorated in four different classical Tuscan-style offering  breathtaking views over the river and the countryside.

At Villa la Massa you can discover how to prepare Tuscany culinary highlights thanks to the exclusive cooking classes, take care of your wellbeing by relaxing you body and mind in the Arno SPA, sun-bathing at the outdoor pool or keeping in shape at the Gym.

This superb mansion is the perfect place where to relax and to merge history, art, culture and shopping.

 

Photo by Keith Zhu

Beautiful Sicily

History, finest food, crystal waters, breathtaking views.

Anything you need is right here.

Giuseppe Verdi Inspires Event

Villa Arrighi is located in Castellaro Lagusello (a district of the Monzambano council), and it has been recognized as one of the “most beautiful villages of Italy”. The village of Castellaro still has a 12° century surrounding town walls, and it is since that century that the first news about Castellaro have become available; at the beginning, it was supposed to be affiliated with the Diocese of Verona (1145), then to the Council of Verona (1184), later with the Signoria Scaligera, and thereafter with the Serenissima Republic of Venice (in 1441). (Ph.Credits: Marina Lorusso)

CONCERTO

Cellos (Violoncelli): “Duo Scaligero” Martina Lopez & Alfredo Persichilli – Baritone: Giuseppe Capoferri

The Gala Dinner

Discovering Old Villages

Maybe not everyone knows that Italy is a country that should be discovered gradually. Our territory is not only offering big cities as tourist destinations, but also real old villages plenty of history.
Recently, we visited one of them closed to us, and we are spellbound by its beauty!

Castellaro Lagusello was created in the 11th century as a simple “castelliere”, which is a wall without any houses on the inside yet: a temporary refuge facing over a “lagusello”, a small heart-shaped lake. The village, situated between the Garda Lake and the city of Mantua, rises on a small hill that overlooks the heart-shaped lake. The castle and the lake, dating back to 1100-1200, give the name to the small hamlet that is part of the association of the most beautiful villages of Italy. You can enter on the northern side of the hamlet through a large door that was equipped up to the eighteenth century by a drawbridge. Another square tower, called the clock tower, overlooks the door for protection. Strolling through the medieval alleys you encounter rustic houses and crenelationsup until the Baroque church dedicated to Saint Nicola, in which is supervised a wooden Virgin Mary from the 15th century. From the square you can admire the 19th century Villa Arrighi (nowadays property of the Tacoli counts).

Forse non tutti sanno che l’Italia è un paese da scoprire poco per volta. Un territorio che, oltre le grandi città mete di turisti, offre paesi e veri e propri BORGHI antichi che affascinano per la loro grande storia .

Siamo andate a visitarne uno proprio vicino a noi e siamo rimaste rapite dalla sua bellezza!

Castellaro Lagusello nasce nell’XI secolo come semplice “castelliere”, cioè come cinta muraria ancora senza case all’interno : un temporaneo rifugio affacciato su un “lagusello”, un piccolo lago a forma di cuore. Il borgo, situato tra il Lago di Garda e la città di Mantova, sorge su una piccola collina affacciata su un lago a forma di cuore. Il lago ed il castello, risalente al 1100-1200, danno il nome al piccolo borgo che fa parte dell’associazione dei borghi più belli d’Italia. Si entra nel piccolo borgo dal lato settentrionale attraverso un’ampia porta che era dotata fino al Settecento di un ponte levatoio. Un’alta torre quadrata, detta dell’orologio, sovrasta la porta a sua protezione. Attraversando i vicoli medioevali s’incontrano case rustiche, merlature, slarghi, fino alla chiesa barocca dedicata a S. Nicola in cui è custodita una Madonna in legno del Quattrocento. Dalla piazzetta si può ammirare l’ottocentesca Villa Arrighi (oggi proprietà dei conti Tacoli).