Located on a hilltop position near Fiesole, in the municipality of Florence, 15th-century villa with an annexed deconsecrated church and olive grove.
The villa, a few kilometers away from Fiesole (6km) and Florence (13km) and easily reached via a well maintained paved road, overlooks both the valley and the wonderful city of Florence.
Other notable towns are San Gimignano (67km; 1h 15’), Montepulciano (117km; 1h 40’) and Lucca (80km; 1h 5’). Florence is easily reached via the Fiesole-Caldine train station (2km; 4’).
If you are into sports you will find the Poggio dei Medici golf club not far from the villa (23km; 30’) or the Lago di Bilancino (23km; 30’), one of the greatest artificial lake of Europe where it is possible to take part in several water sports.
The city is served by the airports of Firenze Vespucci (13km; 20’), Pisa Galilei (91km; 1h 15’), Roma Ciampino (294km; 3h 20’) and Roma Fiumicino (310km; 3h 15’).
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING
The building is made up of three parts, all of them communicating with each other but totally independent and thus usable as need arises.
The main residence (236 sqm – 2,540 sqft) is split between ground floor, first floor and second floor and it’s the largest of the three sections, with high ceilings held by wooden beams and terracotta floors. This residence is made up of an ample entrance hall, a kitchen, a living room, a dining room, a great bedroom, a bathroom, a technical room and a cellar at the ground floor, a bedroom, a living room, a studio and a bathroom at the first floor and a great bedroom with an optional bathroom at the second floor.
The second apartment (74 sqm – 7,92 sqft), linked to the main one but with independent access can be earmarked for hosting guests or staff. Smaller than the main apartment, this section is made up of a bedroom, a studio, a bathroom and a great kitchen with an ancient fireplace.
The third part (99 sqm – 1,065 sqft) is a deconsecrated church with a bell tower and two small annexed rooms, wonderfully preserved and restored to highlight their historical beauty.
STATE AND FINISHES
The original core of the building dates back to the 12th century while the first renovation was carried out by the Guelph family Neroni in the first half of the 15th century and all the engravings and decorations of the buildings date back to this period. The villa, in his actual conditions, was recently restored in order to preserve the original aspect of the buildings. The stone fireplaces have been left as they were, just like all the jambs and decorations realized with the typical pietra serena quarried in the area. The ceilings of residential areas are covered by a wonderful net of wooden beams. The church, no longer consecrated, is embellished with polychrome frescos covering the majority of the walls and the ceiling, and contrasting with the grey arcs realized by master sculptors in finely engraved pietra serena.
The villa is surrounded by a vast terrain of 5.0 hectares (12.5 acres) covered by woods of cypresses, maritime pines, oaks and bay trees. Along the slopes, there is a wonderful grove with 700 olive trees allowing the production of tasteful biological Tuscan extra-virgin oil.
USE AND POTENTIAL USE
The spacious villa is ideal for those looking for retired life, but willing to stay close to those services only a city can offer. The possibility to split the inhabitable area in two different residences offers a good choice about the use one can make of the building, be it hosting guests or leaving it to the staff. The area surrounding the villa is also suitable for a pool and the great fenced space is ideal for your privacy and/or animals.