Historic Florence villa for sale, dating back originally to the 9th century. Divided into 3 apartments with a total of 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, a chapel, a 3,000 sqm garden, outbuildings, and 15.3 ha of agricultural land with a vineyard and roughly 500 olive trees.

Historic Villa Property Florence Tuscany

Located in the scenic hills of Florence, within a convenient half-hour drive from the city centre, this historic villa with land, a private chapel, olive trees and a small vineyard is now available for sale. The well-maintained building retains most of its original finishes and is currently divided into three units, offering a total of 8 bedrooms.

Surrounded by a meticulously maintained 3,000-square metre garden and encompassing 15.3 ha of agricultural land with a vineyard and roughly 500 olive trees., this property offers a serene and picturesque setting. Essential amenities can be found in the nearby town, conveniently located just 3 kilometres away (approximately 5 minutes by car), while the renowned historic city centre of Florence is within easy reach, taking less than half an hour to drive. The villa’s proximity to the A1 highway provides excellent accessibility for travel throughout Italy, and well known landmark towns and cities in Tuscany, such as Castellina in Chianti, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano, and Pienza, can be reached in just over an hour or less.

This substantial villa spans 904 square metres (9,727 square feet) and boasts 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The origins of the building can be traced back to the late 9th century, as evidenced by an inscription discovered in the attic. Notably, in 1125, it served as the venue for a wedding between two influential Florentine families. The current structure, incorporating the old tower, was constructed in 1561 and is first documented in the 18th-century Catasto Lorenese. In 1802, a private chapel dedicated to St. Anthony was added to the villa. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the property was owned by the esteemed Rigacci family, prominent government officials under Leopold I. They transformed the villa into a holiday retreat and later a permanent residence, while also creating the beautiful surrounding garden.

In the 1980s, the villa underwent a meticulous restoration, which included the conservation of the façades, traditionally coated with the characteristic lime plaster of the region. The frescoed ceilings inside the villa were also carefully restored and preserved during this period.

Presently, the villa is divided into three units, serving as both the owner’s residence and guest apartments. The main apartment covers an area of 657 square metres (7,069 square feet) and features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The entrance leads to a spacious reception hall connected to a reading room with a bathroom. Further along the corridor, one can find a private office space, a formal dining room, a stairwell, and the first bedroom, situated at the corner of the building. A cross room halfway down the corridor provides access to the central courtyard and the kitchen. The staircase in the hallway leads to the second floor, where a generous game room with a pool table awaits, along with the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom, a sizable bedroom with a loggia, two additional bedrooms, and another bathroom. Additionally, a spacious room with wooden beams, currently utilized as a storage area, could easily be converted into a large living room or bedroom. Accessible through a trapdoor in the game room, the attic provides convenient storage space. A secondary internal staircase leads to the underground cellars, consisting of seven rooms that are also accessible from the outside.

Two separate entrances on the ground floor lead to two apartments.
Apartment A, spanning 51 square metres (549 square feet), includes a living area with a kitchenette, a bedroom, and a bathroom.
Apartment B, covering 142 square metres (1,528 square feet) across two floors, comprises a small entrance hall and a kitchen on the ground floor, and two living rooms, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms on the second floor.

The aristocratic chapel, measuring 54 square metres (581 square feet), possesses independent access and features a single nave with a double-height ceiling. Behind the altar, a door leads to the old sacristy, while a side staircase provides access to the raised choir.

The property also includes an old barn spanning 124 square metres (1,334 square feet) across two floors, offering the potential for conversion into a charming guesthouse. Additional structures on the premises comprise a pigsty (19 square metres/204 square feet) and a storage building (22 square metres/237 square feet), both in a state of disuse and requiring complete restoration. These structures could be repurposed, subject to the relevant authorities approval, to create a small outbuilding.

Set within a vast expanse of 15.3 hectares (37.8 acres) of undulating land, the villa is complemented by its captivating surroundings. The stone terrace encircling the building affords captivating panoramic views, while a beautiful 3,000-square metre garden adorned with shade plants and a parking area in front of the villa adds to the charm. The agricultural land encompasses various areas, including arable land (3.5 hectares) currently cultivated with wheat and alfalfa, olive groves (approximately 500 trees) occupying around 2.6 hectares, and vineyards (about 1.4 hectares) that require replanting but offer the possibility of registration as Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG. Finally, encompassing the fields are woodland plots spanning 5.6 hectares.

  • TYPE: Historic Florence villa for sale
  • CONDITION: Habitable
  • LOCATION: Hilly, panoramic
  • ACCESS: Excellent, paved road
  • MUNICIPALITY: Florence
  • PROVINCE: Florence
  • REGION: Tuscany
  • INTERIORS: 1,069 square metres (11,502 square feet)
  • TOTAL ROOMS: 16+
  • BEDROOMS: 8+
  • BATHROOMS: 6+
  • ANNEXES: Barn, pigsty, storage
  • MAIN FEATURES: Historic building, stone and brick walls, panoramic loggia, internal courtyard, terracotta and graniglia floors, wooden beams, original fireplaces, coffered ceilings, huge cellars, terraced garden, olive grove, vineyards
  • TOTAL LAND: 15.3 hectares (37.8 acres)
  • VINEYARDS: 1.4 hectares (3.4 acres)
  • OLIVE GROVE: ~ 500 trees
  • GARDEN: Yes, well-maintained
  • SWIMMING POOL: No, but possible
  • ELECTRICITY: Already connected
  • WATER SUPPLY: Mains water + private well
  • TELEPHONE: To be connected
  • ADSL: Yes
  • GAS: LPG
  • HEATING SYSTEM: Radiators
  • CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Town with services (3km; 5’), Bagno a Ripoli (14km; 20’), Figline Valdarno (15km; 20’), Florence (18km; 30’), Greve in Chianti (31km; 45’), San Casciano in Val di Pesa (37km; 45’), Gaiole in Chianti (40km; 55’), Castellina in Chianti (56km; 1h), Arezzo (59km; 50’), Siena (87km; 1h 20’), Montepulciano (92km; 1h 15’), Cortona (99km; 1h 20’), Pienza (99km; 1h 20’), Lucca (107km; 1h 30’), Montalcino (119km; 1h 45’), Rome (256km; 2h 55’)
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS Firenze A. Vespucci (43km; 45’), Pisa G. Galilei (104km; 1h 20’), Bologna G. Marconi (128km; 1h 35’), Perugia San Francesco (143km; 1h 45’), Grosseto C. Baccarini (156km; 2h), Roma Ciampino (270km; 2h 50’), Roma Fiumicino (284km; 2h 55’)

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