In ancient mythology, Feronia is an Italic goddess associated with wildlife, fertility, and abundance. Villa Feronia, a stunning luxury villa set majestically on the outskirts of Florence, fully embodies those associations thanks to its rich grounds that include a pond, oak and cypress trees, bountiful olive groves, generous vineyards, and endless breathtaking views of the Renaissance city and its magnificent cathedral, The Duomo.
Villa Feronia, which dates back to 14th century and is known to have been the residence of one of the most renowned Renaissance painters, is composed of five buildings on the same estate. It can accommodate up to 38 guests, making it one of the largest villas to rent in Tuscany.
There are many treasures to discover in the surrounding areas: the famous Chianti wine region is within easy reach; the art city of Florence with its rich history, architecture and cuisine is just a 15-minute drive away; and Lucca and Siena are each less than one hour away. Villa Feronia is the place where you can feel the energies of the past and the present come together, from where you can start your day exploring Tuscany’s main attractions, and where you can relax during the evening over a great glass of wine and a scrumptious local meal. The only thing you will not like is having to leave this little slice of heaven.
Nearest Airport: Florence Peretola 39 min
Nearest serviced town: 5 min
Nearest major city: Florence 12 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
Famous for its art and architecture, Florence is an obligatory destination for the first-timer visitor of Italy. However, while exploring the historical center is something that cannot be missed, the pristine studded landscapes and the enchanted medieval villages set on the famous Tuscan rolling hills surrounding Florence are well worth a visit.
The most famous area to explore is the Chianti, a blessed land that covers a rather large wine-producing region of Tuscany, reaching from Florence to Siena, and all the way out to Pisa. Chianti's must see sights are the wine villages of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole. Along the road visit the Badia di Coltibuono and/or Castello di Brolio and do not forget to pick up some wine to enjoy at the villa!
WHERE TO EAT
Osteria di Passignano - Set in the middle of the Antinori wine estate…all we can say is: NOT TO BE MISSED!
Via Passignano 33, 50028, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa - +39 055 807 1278
Il Padellina - Rustic trattoria serving local cuisine. Come for the steak, stay for the atmosphere.
Corso del Popolo 54, Strada in Chianti – +39 055 858388
La Loggia (at Hotel San Michele) - Fine dining, romantic setting and unforgettable views.
Via Doccia 4, Fiesole - +39 055 567 8200
La cantinetta di Rignana - Stunning views, great food and, of course, fantastic wine!
Località Rignana 13, Greve in Chianti - +39 055 852601
Torre guelfa di chef Claudio - Ideal place for a meal if you are in this area for a shopping afternoon at the Outlets (20 minute drive away). Your shopping spree will be even more memorable thanks to the specialties tasted at this restaurant.
Via S. Martino Altoreggi, 8, Figline Valdarno - +39 055 951112
WHERE TO SHOP
Clothing:, The Mall - Tuscany’s most exclusive outlet complex with more than 20 boutiques, including Prada, Gucci Armani, Fendi, Marni and Dolce and Gabbana.
Via Europa, 8, Leccio - The Mall Official Website
Terracotta objects: the area of Impruneta is famous for the terracotta. Visit Artenova, which sells a unique range of artistic hand-made terracotta decorations.
Via Europa, 12 - +39 055 201 2316
Hand embroidered items: linen for the home and lingerie of the finest quality can be found at Grazia Giachi Ricami
Piazza Matteotti, 35, Greve in Chianti - +39 055 854 4671
Via Borgo Ognissanti 6 r - +39 055 265 0399
Food specialty store: Macelleria Falorni, one of Italy’s greatest butcher shops where salsicce and prosciutto have been artisanal for eight generations. Here you can buy their products vacuum sealed for easy travel.
Piazza Matteotti, 71 – Greve in Chianti - +39 055 853 029.
Wine: Enoteca Antinori, an architectural masterpiece built as a shrine in honor to the rich wine of this land.
Via Cassia per Siena, 133 Loc. Bargino, San Casciano Val di Pesa - +39 055 23595