Apartment at Villa in Florence: Refined, Historic

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  • 1 bedrooms
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Apartment at Villa in Florence: Refined, Historic

The Chapel, located on an historic Renaissance estate, enjoys the best of both worlds: easy access to the city centre and the peace and quiet of the Tuscan countryside. It is situated in a protected and peaceful area of more than 20 hectares, just outside of the centre of Florence, at the foot of the hill of Settignano, in a marvelous environment, surrounded by meadows and olive groves.

The former Chapel of this stunning estate has now been cleverly transformed into a romantic guest house for a couple. Originally a private chapel of a famous Renaissance family, the one-bedroom accommodation has recently been carefully restored to its original ...Read more

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Apartment at Villa in Florence: Refined, Historic
Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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On the green hills that encircle Florence, like a giant Romantic frame for the trim Renaissance architecture of the city below, there lies an ethereal village called Settignano, which has left an indelible mark on the art and literature of the Western world.
Michelangelo spent part of his childhood in Settignano, where, according to his biographer Vasari, he imbibed his skills as a sculptor in the milk of his wet nurse, the wife of a stonecutter in the nearby quarries.
The original gift was nature's, the pietra serena (gray stone) that defined the architecture of the early Renaissance. Many boys who might have been absorbed into agriculture were drawn to the Settignanese botteghe, the workshops that refined the stone excavated from the quarries as well as marble imported from Carrara. Their sculpture had a softness, almost a transparency, that reflected their surroundings. More, their skills in stone - probably since Etruscan times generation after generation of the region had worked in the quarries - gave them an incomparable facility for expressing what they saw and felt.
Without an invitation to dinner or to a piano recital or poetry reading in somebody's villa, the visitor is left to the village's lanes and byways, its cypresses and vines. With a little artistic and historic orientation, however, strollers can discover that beauty is perhaps the most powerful drug in capturing and subduing the frenetic soul. Otherwise, why would so many non-Italians have felt so at home, so close to an original and perfect state of being in Settignano?

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