The Villa Pandolfini Estate
The majestic Villa Pandolfini is situated on a 150 hectare estate that contains private forests, olive groves and vineyards. The villa is adorned by beautiful frescoes, antiques and a loggia looking onto a spectacular renaissance garden. What are not to be missed are the outdoor dining and some very private and quite walks in the garden. Discover Florence and explore the Tuscan countryside by living in this amazing castle that has played host to great historical personalities like King Charles VIII of France and Napoleon Bonaparte. The villa is well known for its architectural design and a great swimming pool. Have a wonderful dining experience at the various local restaurants that are known to be some of the best in Italy. Settle down in the villa to relax, enjoy its grounds, explore the vineyards and forests, indulge in horse riding, shopping for antiques, trekking, walking the Caruso’s villa and the gardens, the medieval villages and the Etruscan ruins.
The villa foundations have the dates back to 1200. It was originally used as a hunting residence for the influential Florentines. The Pandolfinis originated from near ‘Ponte A Signa.’ They owned this villa and another villa situated on the Arno called as ‘La Torre.’ Also known as the Tower, the la Torre still conserves the features of the walled castle of 1300.
Agnolo di Filippo was a great friend of Cosimo de’ Medici and was much admired by Leon Battista. When Agnolo became old and tired, he retired to the villa of Ponte A Signa and stayed there for 12 tears. It was from here that he wrote the dialogues of the governing family. He died when he was 86 in the year 1446.
In 1434, Battista di Pandolfini came back from Naples and gave instructions for the first of its kind of magnificent architecture to the villa at Ponte A Signa. It was honored Carlo VIII, king of France on 13th November 1495. The date 1488 has been engraved on villa Pandolfini which suggests the complete restoration of this splendid villa. The beautiful loggia, the harmonious and linear architecture, beautifully carved windows and the excellent stone work resulting in exemplary sculpture portray the expertise of Bendedetto do Rovezzano. It is believed that Carlo VIII, King of France frequently visited the castle since childhood days. According to Giuseppe Zocchi, there has been not much change in the villa since the 14th century.
During the 18th century, the antique villa was sold to the Samminiatelli family which in turn sold it to the family of De Prats who were exiled from France after the revolution.
Located on a beautiful country estate, Villa Pandolfini is about 14 km from Florence centre. It is close to almost all major highways and has an easy access to buses and trains, and shops are located at walking distance. Stroll down anytime and buy anything you require for your breakfast or cappuccino. The surrounding area has numerous restaurants, wineries that are family owned and farms producing olive oil. There is a Ceramics manufacturing factory close by where you can buy these hand painted ceramics and also have a look at how they are being done.
The little towns and villages in Tuscany celebrate
‘sagre’ throughout the year. The visitors
will hence get a unique opportunity of sharing the
festivities during their visit. Within twenty minutes
you can also reach the famous thermal spas, fancy
shops and cafes. Pisa, Lucca and Siena are just 40
minutes from here. Also travel to Bologna, Volterra,
Forte Dei Marmi, San Gimignano, Arezzo or Cortona
in about 60 minutes.