Located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, immersed in a park of 20 hectares and surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and woods, Villa Mangiacane boasts a breathtaking view over the Chianti Hills. This ancient house dating back to 1600 imposes itself with great majesty on the surrounding nature, not aggressing it but managing to create an image of great harmony with it. Since it is not far from Florence, this is a good starting point for many cultural visits in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Nearby there are also Siena, San Gimignano and Arezzo, which in addition to the interesting cultural attractions offer the possibility to make wonderful food and wine tours in the prosperous wine production areas of Tuscany.
It is an ancient luxurious residence the Villa Mangiacane of the seventeenth century built by Cardinal Francesco Maria Machiavelli, uncle of the famous writer Niccolo Machiavelli, who here wrote his political treatise “The Prince”. The legend says that also the sculptor Michelangelo has participated in its design. Villa Mangiacane was sold in 1645 to the family of the Marchesi Mazzei, and finally in 2000 to the South African entrepreneur Glynn Cohen. The current owner, almost bewitched by the architectural charm of this residence, decided to restore its former glory through a careful renovation project. The result is a hotel of great charm, that they put at the disposal of modern travellers accustomed to high quality standards.
The Villa Mangiacane is divided into several levels: in the central part are located some of the rooms, the large lobby and the restaurant. There is also a luxury lodge, overlooking the lush vineyards and olive groves of the estate which is characterized by several Renaissance frescoes that represent scenes of hunting. The furnishings are of great class and elegance, all coming from the private collection of Mr Cohen, which consists of furniture, paintings, art objects and antiques from all over the world gathered during his several journeys.
Villa Mangiacane has 28 rooms spread over the various floors of the villa. The categories are Classic, Deluxe, Junior Suite and Terrace Suite. They may have views over the garden, vineyard or the surrounding valley. They vary in size and shape, but they are all tastefully decorated and furnished with antiques, carpets and fine fabrics and equipped with luxurious marble bathrooms. All this creates an atmosphere in which to enjoy rare moments of relaxation. The flagship, however, is the spacious Royal Suite, enhanced by a silver king-size bed, Indian furniture and ornaments, a fireplace, a large Jacuzzi bathtub and the seven expandable windows overlooking the Tuscan countryside.
The rooms are equipped with all the modern comforts: air conditioning, LCD flat screen TV, internet access, mini bar, electronic safe, hairdryer. The cot and the third bed are available upon request.
The delicacies that the Chef Luca Esposito prepares can be tasted in different rooms of the house, for example in the elegant dining room, the cellar or, during the winter months, around the fireplace of the ancient kitchen of the villa. During the summer months dinner can be served in the swimming-pool area or more comfortably in the balcony with panoramic breathtaking views over the Tuscan countryside. Villa Mangiacane offers typical dishes of the Tuscan and Italian culinary traditions, with particular attention devoted to the presentation of every dish. The characteristics of the food are then enhanced by excellent carefully-selected Tuscan wines. The hotel itself, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, has a good production of wines such as Chianti Classico, and high-quality olive oil. It is also worth mentioning the nice terrace overlooking Florence, where guests can relax in the evening with a cocktail wrapped in nostalgic retro atmosphere that characterizes it.
Services & Activities
Wireless Internet access and free public parking, meeting room facilities. The property has a wide range of services for top level events, from the heliport to the security service. Villa Mangiacane is also available for exclusive events.
The villa offers two spacious outdoor swimming pools where you can spend unforgettable moments of relax enjoying the beauty of the surrounding nature. You can rent a bicycle or go trekking to explore the surrounding nature. For the more adventurous guests Villa Mangiacane offers an unforgettable ride on the hot-air balloon with continental breakfast and champagne after landing. Fans of Tuscan and Italian cuisine can concentrate on cooking classes, during which they will be able to learn and cherish great culinary secrets. For the well-being, Villa Mangiacane offers different types of massages and facial beauty treatment, as well as a small fitness area.
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