The Florentine villa that hosted the Pope, Italian kings, and the stars of the day
The richly decorated vaulted ceilings that dreams are made of — certainly ours!
The essence of the gardens comes indoors for breakfast at Il Cancello di Ghiereto
Everyday is Valentine's Day in the especially romantic Junior Suite Marquis Ottavio
The Hall of Mirrors provides a magical setting for any celebration
The Foggini Suite — a honeymooner's paradise featuring Foggini's romantic statues
Villa le Maschere
Style: Boutique, Honeymoons
Visited by Kings, artists and the Pope, Villa le Maschere tells the story of its love of art and theater and finds its way into your heart as a luxury accommodation.
Villa le Maschere, or Villa of the Masks, has a celebrated history spanning over 5 centuries. Fortunately, there were several periods of restoration and embellishment that allow us to enjoy this Tuscan villa today as a luxury resort destination just outside of Florence.
Originally built by the Bettini family in the second half of the 16th century, Villa le Maschere was, from the beginning, a beautiful sight. The villa’s soft-mustard-colored facades are decorated with twenty-two carved stone “masks,” each with a different visage. In the early 17th century the villa was sold to Florence Gerini who added the formal Italian gardens. Toward the late 17th century the villa was remodeled by Giovanni Battista Foggini, master architect and sculptor to the Duke of Tuscany Coismo III de Medici. Foggini is credited with the grand terrace overlooking the pool and gardens, and his sculpture is featured in the Foggini Suite.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Villa le Maschere was the place to party. Special guests included Pope Pius IX, King Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia, and King Charles Felix of Sardinia. Decorative mementos commemorating their visits to the villa can be seen in the hotel lobby.
The early 20th century saw the addition of indoor plumbing and highly decorated bathrooms. The Villa remained in the Gerini Family until it was abandoned in 1963. The deterioration was so severe that the Italian Ministry of Culture considered it beyond repair. Thankfully the Architectural Heritage of Florence agency stepped in, recovered and restored many of the historic elements that had been buried or damaged for decades. Many of these architectural artifacts are featured in the Villa’s suites.
Today the Villa is an exclusive resort that offers a contemporary Italian atmosphere in an historic architectural setting. There are 65 rooms and suites. The suites are ideal for honeymoons. Many rooms feature restored painted frescoes.
There are two restaurants at Villa le Maschere. Il PioppoNero offers traditional Tuscan and Mugello cuisine with an adjoining patio and views to the Italian gardens. Il Cancello di Ghiereto is a delightful breakfast space, featuring stone flooring, white finishes, with green and floral ornamental accents. A casual dining space, Il Divinvino, located in the villa’s vaulted cellar is open the summer and has a relaxed atmosphere. It is available year round for arranged wine tasting and private dinners.
The spa at Villa le Maschere is perfectly tucked into the historic cellar. Due to the slope of the land, portions of the spa interior offer dramatic views of the beautiful gardens and Tuscan countryside. The spa jacuzzi space features three brick arches leading to the outdoor swimming pool.
Images courtesy of Villa le Maschere
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by Villa le Maschere
Villa Le Maschere
Via Nazionale 75
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