Exterior: Villa La Massa Villa La Massa  5 stars
Via Della Massa N 24
Florence
50012
ITALY

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With its riverside parkland, this 16th century villa is located in the heart of the unique light of the Tuscany countryside. From its 17th century period furniture, refined decoration, and inspired Tuscan cuisine to its superb cellar with its excellent regional vintages: it offers all the ingredients for an idyllic stay. Here you will savor the gentle art of living. For lovers of Italy and its flamboyant Renaissance. This hotel offers 37 spacious guestrooms and suites in a four story villa and in two flanking two story buildings without elevators.

Rooms and suites are individually furnished, but all have Renaissance inspired decor, carved doors, antiques, walk in closets, and terracotta tile or carpeted floors. Marble bathrooms include heated towel racks, shower/tub combinations, telephones, makeup mirrors, bidets, and terry cloth bathrobes and slippers. What to expect: The hotel sits on a high river bank buttressed by an ancient stone wall. Broad lawns, cypress trees, flower beds, and a vine covered chapel highlight the grounds. Open from late March until early November, this hotel attracts an international clientele seeking rest and relaxation in the sun drenched Tuscan countryside. Guests are near enough to Florence to tour the city and then escape from the crowds. Amenity highlights: Surrounded by a river view sundeck with cushioned lounge chairs, the heated, freeform outdoor pool is open from May to September. Terrace dining features river views and live piano music, with candlelit tables under a vaulted ceiling also available. Complimentary bicycles are provided for touring the Tuscan countryside. Insider tip: The hotel was the site of musician David Bowie's wedding to supermodel Iman. The villa at the hotel's center dates from 1525, when it was built for a member of the Medici family. Over the centuries, owners have included a Florentine cardinal, a French aristocrat, and a Russian countess. In 1948, the villa opened as a hotel. Celebrity guests have included Clark Gable, Winston Churchill, and Madonna.

Il Verrochhio, the hotel's fine dining restaurant, is appointed with an ornate vaulted ceiling, stately columns, and wood burning fireplace. Outdoor dining is available during warmer months. The menu spotlights Tuscan fare, with vegetables and olive oil from the hotel's grounds. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service daily to Florence's famous

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