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Nicco Leone

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, italian

Historical Villa Overlooking Florence, Italy

20 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Metropolitan City of Florence Villa Rental Photos and Description

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.

GROUND FLOOR :

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.

FIRST FLOOR:

Bedroom #1 : King 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.

UPPER FLOOR:TOWER :

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

MEZZANINE FLOOR:

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

LOWER/GARDEN LEVEL:

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.

•Weekly change of linen and towels. More frequent change at extra cost.

•Utilities (water, gas and electricity) included only with weekly rate. Not included for longer term rentals.

•Cook and extra maid service available at advance request, at extra cost.

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 transfer from any airport/city, as well as 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

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nicco Leone (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, italian

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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Historical Villa Overlooking Florence, Italy
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
5

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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5

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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Extraordinary Stay at Tantafera

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Tantafera was just jaw-dropping incredible. We had nine adults and had more than enough space for everyone. The interior is beautifully decorated and feels very authentically Tuscan. The gourmet kitchen has everything you could want or need and Roberto greets you with a lovely and very complete welcome basket full of delicious goodies. Even though the villa is only a 15 minute drive into the center of Florence, you feel very removed from the hustle and bustle. We often spotted deer and game birds around the property.

My husband and I got married in Florence and we chose the villa for our family's accommodation as well as our wedding reception dinner. We are so thrilled with our choice. The view of Florence from the garden is unsurpassed and made for a truly spectacular backdrop. The online photos just cannot do it justice. In fact, our guests are still talking about how stunning the villa and its view were.

What helps push this property over the top is the extremely gracious hospitality of the host/owner, Roberto. He went out of his way time and time again to make our stay as comfortable and wonderful as possible, from meeting guests at the airport, to finding lactose-free milk, to driving us around Florence during a taxi strike. Just outstanding and extraordinarily gracious hospitality that made us feel like friends rather than guests.

The only negative thing we could complain about was that we had to leave! ;) Our group is already talking about a return trip to Florence and to Tantafera.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Truly Unbelievable

  • 5 of 5

Part of me wants to keep this review to myself to keep this villa a special little secret but, alas, it would be a shame for others not to experience what we did just a short time ago.

This villa is amazing. The actual structure is from the 15th century but has been completely renovated. It is the best of both worlds- old world charm with modern conveniences. Gorgeous bathroom, chef's kitchen, chic decor, etc. The grotto with the jacuzzi! No attention for detail has been spared. The home is incredible.

The property and the views... Wow. I felt like I was looking out into a postcard every morning. The landscape is filled with olive and orange trees, lemons, etc. Breathtakingly beautiful.

The owner Roberto. Now this is what made our stay above and beyond amazing. It's one thing to rent a great place, but Roberto was essentially our host. He was extremely helpful and responsive every day prior to our arrival- going so far as to research brands of diapers for our baby so we wouldn't have to transport with us! He also made all of our dinner reservations in advance and provided a crib with bedding. We arrived to a stocked kitchen, fresh flowers in every single room, delicious chocolates, prosecco and other wine, etc. What a welcome!!! He was more than happy to assist in booking a taxi any time and if we ever had any trouble or questions, he was immediately responsive and/or on site to assist.

The location. This is the best of both worlds. You are in the Florentine hills with perfect views of the city and the rolling landscape. But then just 10-15 minutes later via taxi you are downtown! We ate dinner out in downtown Florence every night and it was more than easy.

The villa is absolutely incredible but the host is what made our experience a dream.

I would recommend this to everyone. It is truly a special place.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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5

Roberto's Villa!

  • 5 of 5

Roberto's villa was magnificent and truly one of a kind! We enjoyed every moment we spent there. The decor in every room was charming and overall the villa was very spacious and super clean. Roberto was kind enough to leave us with some basic groceries and wine. He was very hospitable and easily accessible at any given moment. The views in the morning and at sunset were spectacular. It was a 10 minute cab ride to the heart of Florence which was very convenient. A nice relaxing touch at the end of day was soaking in the hot tub. We cannot wait to go back and would recommend this magical place to any of our friends/family.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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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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Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Winter
Oct 31 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
$754
$4,216
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $83 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$888
$4,992
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $83 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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Metropolitan City of Florence Villa Accommodation and Amenities

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

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