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Historical Villa Overlooking Florence, Italy

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private Pool
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

Villa, 7 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Romantic, peaceful, cozy and charming ambience with yet modern comforts and amenities are the things my guests appreciate more about my Villa. Even with a bit of steps between the different floors...

Dating back to the 15th century, this historical villa has been recently restored and refurbished from top to bottom. Its hilltop position ensures superlative views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside, with the city center just a 10 minutes drive away by car or 20 minutes by bus.

In addition to the large indoor heated whirlpool (about 80 x 120 inches) our guests will be able to enjoy the new dipping pool we created in one of the garden terraces. Not a standard swimming pool but rather an enjoyable large outdoor jacuzzi-like pool (160 x 150 inches) with a great view of Florence.

The Villa is nestled on top of 5 acres of private land, scattered with olive trees. All around the house, a terraced garden with ponds and fountains, lemon plants and persimmon trees.


Large, high ceiling entrance hall/living room with fireplace, guest bathroom, second living room with fireplace, large frescoed dining room with table for 12, spacious fully equipped kitchen(four burner gas pro-grade stove, double conventional oven, microwave/grill oven, dishwasher, large refrigerator, separate deep freezer) with island counter and stools, connecting to the rear garden.


Bedroom #1 : Queen size A/C bedroom with en suite bathroom with tub.

Bedroom #2 : Queen size A/C bedroom with en suite bathroom with tub.

Bedroom #3 : Single A/C bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, sharing bathroom with

Bedroom #4 : Queen size A/C bedroom.


A large suite with A/C living area and Kitchenette. Double basin bathroom with shower for exclusive use of the Queen size A/C bedroom in the tower.


Bedroom#5: Twin beds with en suite bathroom with separate shower.

Bedroom#6: Single room. En suite bathroom with shower

Laundry room with iron & ironing board, washer and dryer


The old cellars have been adapted to accommodate the wellness area, with a luxurious 3x2 meters built-in whirlpool.

Changing room/ Tea room

Bathroom with shower

•Top-notch heating system with area thermostats, instant unlimited hot water for showers or bathtub soaks

•Wireless broadband internet connection.

Our rates include:

- Linens, bath towels and whirlpool towels

- Air conditioning/heating, electricity, water and kitchen gas

- WiFi broadband internet connection

- Cable TV

- Final cleaning

Please note that, thanks to a unique policy that sets us apart, we ALSO INCLUDE a 3 hours daily maid service (except Sundays).

Beside taxis, in case our guests opt out of car rentals, we are also proud to offer a complimentary daily shuttle service to/from the villa and downtown Florence or airport/train station (for up to 8 people). That is one trip in the morning and one trip in the afternoon/evening. Extra trips can be arranged upon request at 50 euro per trip (up to 8 people).

To make the sojourn memorable and stress-free, we also propose some additional services (on request, with supplement) that we can arrange for guests:

- a Chef that would prepare lunch/dinners or organise cooking classes.

- Private driver for day trips to surrounding cities and sites.

- Customised tours and cultural visits, with access to monuments and sites not normally or easily available for visits.

- In residence personal trainer (yoga, pilates, general fitness) and / or massage.

- Personal shopper for assistance and easier access to major outlets brands, boutiques and workshops.

- Personal visits to prestigious wineries of Chianti Classico and Brunello Montalcino, tasting tours by the owners winemakers.

Keywords: Elegant villa with modern comforts

More Details

Nicco Leone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from a fantastic stay at Villa Tantafera. We would unreservedly recommend it. It is a beautiful villa, only around 10 minutes drive from the centre of Florence and yet peaceful and secluded. Roberto was an exceptional host- assisting our family with taxis, supermarket shopping etc and tips on great local restaurants and bars. We went with our three young children (4, 2 and 7 months) and they also had a wonderful time. They like us loved the new outdoor dipping pool, which has incredible views of Florence. We will certainly return at some point in the future.
Aug 2015
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Florence Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Historical Villa Overlooking Florence, Italy
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Better than you could imagine!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 went to Florence and had the great fortune of staying at the Leone's magnificent home. It may be a bit cliche to hear it, but pictures truly do not do this villa justice - the building, built over 500 years ago, was amazing! The rooms are welcoming, the furniture and decor is comfortable, and the view? Truly breathtaking! When you sit outside and eat and drink wine, and stare out at the city of Florence you will not want to leave - that I promise!. The grounds are beautiful with grapes, lemons, oranges, plums and a host of other spectacular plant life.

The location is great also - a short car side from the city. You can spend 4 days, as we did in Florence or any of the surrounding areas, or 2 weeks - the entire region is amazing. We wanted to enjoy the pools, grounds and house as much as we could also. We had most meals prepared for us by Graziella, ask for her - but if I could make one suggestion - go to La Giostra in Florence and get the Steak Florentine!

As far as hospitality, Roberto was fantastic! He shopped for us and stocked the house - my grandchildren were 1 and 3 at the time, so you could imagine the list he had! He took us from the airport when we had a bit of logistical problem on arrival and went with my son to stock up on the wine we knew we would need! He truly made our family trip more memorable than I thought it would be. Thank you Roberto.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

It was a great privilege for us to stay in this amazing home which was more than we could have hoped for in every way.

The house was perfectly located on the hills just a short drive away from the centre of Florence with amazing views. The decoration was sympathetic to the architecture and period of the house. It was the perfect retreat for our extended family reunion.

We were warmly welcomed by Roberto who made himself available to us to answer questions during our visit. Separately we had the services of a wonderful driver who became our unofficial tour guide, Guiseppe, who had great English and shared with us local knowledge, and took us to explore the local Tuscan area on one day and to Cinque Terre on another day in a 7 seater Mercedes van.

We loved the local area but we were torn because we just didn't want to leave the beautiful house!

I would highly recommend this property to anyone with a large group wanting a very special holiday retreat and an authentic, perfectly positioned Italian villa.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

12 of us stayed at Villa Tantafera, including 5 boys ages 12-8, and the second we arrived we did not want to leave. Incredible doesn't even begin to describe the house inside and out, and I haven't even started talking about the breathtaking view! The location is great, only about a 20 min drive into town, my husband did walk one day but the hike back up the driveway took some skill, but the main road that you take was under construction so the 90-degree turn into town was a little rough on our cars. Get full coverage😉 Roberto is a kind, gracious and helpful man. I would definitely ask him about having Graziella come and cook for you while you are there. It was one of the best meals we've ever had and definitely our favorite experience while visiting. I am already trying to figure out how I can return! It was worth every penny! Thank you Roberto for the amazing and life long memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in Florence

  • 5 of 5

There's not much to add over what other reviewers have already said. Roberto's villa is a wonderful house with great character, but completely updated with modern conveniences. Beautiful views and delightful gardens. Roberto is a great host, and spent a couple of hours chatting and helping us get settled. On the last night one of folks in our party said it best, "Why would you stay anywhere else? Much better than being in town."

It's out in the hills, quiet and definitely away from the crowds, but easy to get to the city center. The center, train station, and airport are all short €20 cab rides away. Or you can walk to the bus stop about 1/2 mile (800m) from the house and get into town for €2 in 10-15 minutes. We even walked into town a couple of days (about 2.5 miles / 4km, 40 minutes one way)...a good way to earn an extra gelato.

I wouldn't recommend it for small groups, but if you have 6+ people you can't go wrong. The house is small enough to feel very comfortable, but big enough to have your privacy, too, even with a group of 6-12. Our group of 9 left several bedrooms unused.

Thanks Roberto! Can't wait until next time.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Renaissance villa with modern amenities!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in Roberto's fantastic villa. Our jaws dropped when we saw the view of Florence and the Duomo as we pulled up. Roberto was there to meet us and we enjoyed a lovely 2 hour conversation over wine and cheese about the villas history and his careful renovation. The grounds of the villa are absolutely gorgeous dotted with fruit trees and olive groves. We slept in the tower bedroom with its own kitchen, living room and bathroom complete with double sinks and a rainshower head shower.

The best surprise was winding down the worn stone steps to a huge saltwater Roman bath with old stone walls. Downtown Florence is a 10 minute cab or uber ride away. If one is seeking an experience of what it was like to live as a 16th century Midici prince and princess this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible combination of Beauty, Luxury and History

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Florence and the warmth of the Tuscan Countryside. Villa Tantafera was all we could have hoped for. Our extended family of 7 arrived by train from Rome and were met by Euan, Roberto's recommended car service and whisked off to Tantafera where Roberto gave us a tour of his family's wonderful villa. Everyone had plenty of privacy and the evenings around the dining table were awesome. The only downside of our entire visit to Florence was probably missing some restaurants as everyone wanted to get back to Tantafera for the evening. Roberto also introduced us to Lisa a Gourmet Chef that prepared a fantastic first night meal. Five days of touring and 5 nights of the best view of Florence that could be found. Thank you Roberto. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Florence Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 rate
Mar 5 2017 - Oct 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $87 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter
Oct 31 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $87 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $87 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Longer term rentals rates upon application
Utilities (water, gas and electricity) included ONLY with weekly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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The Villa ensures superlative views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside, with Florence city center just a 10 minutes drive away by car or 20 minutes by bus.


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