Long a favourite country retreat of wealthy Florentines, the Mugello, 30 minutes’ drive north of the city, is Chianti's quieter cousin and remains blissfully off the beaten tourist track in spite of its equally lovely landscapes and fine wines. Whether a result of the soil, the sun or the wine, the area has bred more than its fair share of creative geniuses, for two of the Renaissance's best-loved artists, Giotto and Fra' Angelico, were born a stone's throw from the village of Vicchio, site of the pretty Villa Atena. With elegant interiors that belie its rustic stone walls, the villa was recently saved from ruin and converted into a very comfortable summer home, with air-conditioned bedrooms in the main house and air conditioning in the double bedrooms in the guest houses. The marble-floored living areas open onto a vast terrace with wonderful views, shaded areas for lounging and dining - and plenty of space to set up an easel. The scale of the house, its two self-sufficient guest cottages and the many living areas indoors and out make this an ideal property for a large group with a variety of different agendas.
Max Occupancy: 20
Villas near Florence, Tuscany
- Private Pool
- Air Conditioned Bedrooms
- Maid included
- Internet Connection
- Satellite Tv
Vicchio, 1km/0.5 miles, with the nearest shops, was the birthplace of Fra' Angelico. Vespignano, 6km/4 miles, has a little museum dedicated to its famous son, Giotto. Rufina, 18km/11 miles or 20 minutes, boasts a wine museum. A winding road leads to the Casentino region for hikes around the medieval hermitages of Camaldoli and La Verna. On the way to Florence, 38km/24 miles, stop at Castello for a look at two spectacular Medici villas.
Main house / Ground floor
Dining room opening to terrace with covered dining area and small summer kitchen. Sitting room with fireplace. Dining room opening to terrace. Kitchen. Breakfast room. TV room. Bathroom. Billiard room
Two twin bedrooms [convertible to doubles] both with air conditioning. Three double bedrooms [ US King size] one with a four-poster bed all air conditioned. Bathroom with shower. Bathroom with bath.
Sitting/dining room with a TV. Kitchen. Twin bedroom [convertible to double]. Air conditioned double bedroom [US King size], each with a glass door leading into the garden. Two bathrooms, each with shower.
Large sitting room with a dining area, fireplace and TV. Kitchen. Twin bedroom [convertible into double]. Bathroom with shower.
Two air-conditioned double bedrooms sharing a bathroom with shower.
A very pretty informal garden studded with trees and bordered by rolling cultivated fields. At the foot of the garden, some 70m/yards from the house, the swimming pool, 7.5 x 17m/25 x 56 feet, is set on a sun-baked stone terrace with a wonderful view of the countryside.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very helpful onsite caretaker, who speaks English. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Barbeque. Wood oven. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with DVD. CD player. IPod Dock. Air-conditioned bedrooms in the main house and air conditioning in the double bedrooms in the guest houses. Central heating. Working fireplace. Fixed telephone line. Wireless ADSL internet access [computer not provided].
18-hole golf at Scarperia, about 25 minutes, with two other courses within an hours' drive. Biking and canoeing at Lake Bilancino, 20km/12.5 miles. Several riding stables in the area.
Filter coffee maker, 2 hairdryers in the main house, 1 hairdryer in the forestry.
The swimming pool, 7.5 x 17m/25 x 56 feet, has a depth 1.2-1.9m/4-6 feet with a ladder for entry/exit.
Additional notes about the property
Villa Atena provides a wonderful setting for a wedding or special event, and the owner of the property , who is an event organizer, can take care of it for you. Prices on request
Prices & live Availability
No pricing and availability information for product for year 2017, but in the meantime we are more than happy to discuss any information you require regarding our villas. We can also save your details to our Pre-Booking database and contact you once we launch sales, ensuring you get priority on the villa and the period you want. Enquire here.