The historic renaissance Villa with its variety of Tuscan classical gardens is situated on a hill near Mercatale in Val di Pesa. Huge cypresses, vineyards, olive groves and forest abound. Located only 30 minutes’ drive from Florence city center and airport. Only 50 minutes to Siena In the heart of the tranquil Italian countryside bounded by cypresses, vineyards, olive groves, and forests, lies this historic estate overlooking the Chianti Classico Hills. Dating from the 13th century, this estate has a noble history and is one of the finest examples of traditional Tuscan estates in Chianti Classico, just 30 minutes' drive from Florence.
Impressive cypresses lead to the entrance gate of the main estate, which includes a historic chapel built circa 1647 and classically inspired grounds graced with marble fountains and sculptures. Characterized by the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the grounds are adorned with four beautiful formal gardens: Giardino Secreto, the Lavender Garden, the Rose Garden, the Parco Romantico, as well as olive groves, vineyards, and a private forest. The estate offers numerous amenities including a playground, table tennis, and three swimming pools surrounded by expansive terraces, which are perfectly positioned to overlook the breathtaking views of the surrounding gardens, forestry, and Chianti hills.
The impressive cypresses lead to the entrance gate of Villa Licia. Here the main Villa, the historic chapel (1647) and four traditional gardens with fountains and sculptures: Giardino Secreto, Lavender garden, Rose garden and the Parco Romantico as well as a private forest. We have deluxe accommodation available for guests: two private villas, three Atelier apartments and four Fattoria Marzocco apartments. Three swimming pools. The villa was once used as a convent for girls and later as an agricultural estate. In recent years, renowned Dutch painter Karel Appel lived and worked in the Atelier between 1989 and 2000. One of his sculptures. This magnificent estate encompasses 1,900 square meters, or more than 20,000 square feet of living space surrounded by 5 hectares, or nearly 12 acres of land. There are two luxurious private villas, three atelier apartments, and a historic dwelling, Fattoria Marzocco, which offers four apartments. Local artisans using the finest Tuscan materials, which bring a quintessentially Italian feel, have carefully renovated the estate’s stylish interiors.
The main villa of approximately 500 square meter beautifully restored surrounding the villa are large terraces and Private Park with various gardens including a magnificent classic Italian garden. The villa consists of a large elegant entrance hall with an original feature stone staircase. The large bright main double reception room with open fireplace, with direct access onto a beautiful panoramic terrace for external dining. There is a large country kitchen and dining room, a private studio and guest bathroom. On the wing of the villa on the ground floor, host an office and a large double bedroom and bathroom. On the first floor, there are two large reception rooms, one living area and the other as a library. On this floor hosts an additional four large suite bedrooms all with private bathroom. From the living area, a staircase leads to a large panoramic tower.
Gardens & Grounds
Villa Licia Estate set in 5 hectares, or nearly 12 acres of land. Comprising of beautiful privates parks and gardens, three beautiful swimming pools and terraces. The estate host also a small vineyard of almost a hectare of Chianti and an olive grove with a good production of olive oil. Giardino Segreto (secret garden), strictly designed according to the historic Tuscan traditions, with marble fountains, three ponds, sculptures, temple and labyrinth.
The private Chapel of Villa Licia, dating from 1647. A complete restoration was executed in 2005 where original antique wall decorations on the upper high end of the walls was found under the plaster and professionally restored. Painting of Santa Lucia on the altar. The original painting (1647 by Jacopo Vignali was removed in 1990 and since then placed in the Grand Hall of the Villa.
This estate is sizeable, one of the largest in the area. The impressive Villa Padronale sits in a dominant position on the highest point of the estate, there are a further three properties on the estate. Along with the private villa, the estate offers additional vacation accommodation. All properties have been carefully renovated by local artisans in Tuscan style, strictly according to the rules of the "Belle Arte".
Fine Tuscan colors, wooden beam ceilings and original terracotta floors. Tastefully decorated bedrooms (air-conditioned) with romantic wrought iron beds and fine marble bathrooms. Everywhere terraces with views of the Tuscan countryside.
There are 9 different apartments and houses, an luxury independent villa, Casa Rose, Atelier with three apartments, and Fatoria Marzocco, which consists of four apartments.
Property Features Include: 1, three swimming pools, 10 car parking, autonomous heating
Views Include: Hills
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Roof: cotto tile roof.
Architectural Style: Mediterranean
Lot Acres: 5
Lot Dimensions: 1900 sq.m.