How to reach
Distance from Florence International Airport: 30 km
Distance from the International Airport of Pisa Galileo Galilei: 94 Km
Distance from the International Airport of Bologna Guglielmo Marconi: 100 Km
Distance from the International Airport of Rome Leonardo Da Vinci: 307 Km
Santa Maria Novella Railway Station in Florence is at only a 20 minutes car drive from the hotel.
Our Concierge will be happy to give you all the assistance necessary if you wish to organize to be driven from or to the airport or station.
Driving along the A1 highway, exit at ''Firenze sud'' and follow the signposts for Bagno a Ripoli - Pontassieve. On the highway heading towards Pontassieve, at the Candeli traffic-light turn left into Via della Massa. The hotel provides a spacious car-park, attended and free of charge.
Villa La Massa is a Medici villa on the banks of the Arno, just eight kilometres from the heart of Florence. A convenient shuttle bus is provided for the use of visitors every hour. Built in 1525 as the summer residence of Santi Landini, the famous publisher of the Florentine aristocracy, the villa remained in the hands of the family till 1788, when it was sold to Cardinal Giovanni Rinuccini. The Rinuccini family lived in the villa until 1826, when Lady Catherine Hombert Ruffié Planche, a well-known French hotelier in Florence at the time, took over. In 1856 the property passed to Countess Bierliska, one of the Russian aristocrats resident in Florence at the end of the eighteenth century together with the Demidoff and Boutourline families. The next owner was John Goldsmith and, finally, it was transformed into a “hotel de charme” in 1948 by the Sears family. Villa d'Este bought Villa La Massa in 1998, reviving its original aristocratic splendour.
The villa is surrounded by nine hectares of park. Each path leads to the River Arno and offers a splendid view over the Chianti-Rufina hills. The Iris collection in the garden, planted to the design of the landscape architect Maria Chiara Pozzana, is the emblem of the “garden” which opens out as a belvedere over the river: tall irises which flower more than once, medium and dwarf varieties, yellow, white and blue, internal pathways animated by blue agapanthus and cream-coloured paeonies. Together with the herb garden and the Chef's Vegetable Garden, the Iris garden is a place of inspiration. A trail not too far from the traditional ''jardin verger potager'' which, according to the philosophy of the ornamental farm, harmonises the productive and ornamental aspects of the pleasure garden.
Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, Villa La Massa is the exquisite jewel of the Villa d'Este Group. The 16th Century estate sits on the banks of the Arno River, on 22 acres full of lemon trees and olive groves that surround the property. Its reflection on the Arno River renders it almost like a Renaissance painting of the most magnificent bucolic landscape.
Located just a few kilometers outside Florence, you may wish to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the Tuscan capital city, making use of the comfortable shuttle bus that the hotel provides. But at the end of a busy day, the peace and serenity of the Villa beckons you-so you return to a place where time and your mind, stand still.
- Villas and Gardens of Tuscany 2017, 4-10 June 2017
- A Taste of Renaissance in Florence, 14-19 May 2017
- Wine & Truffles, 16-21 October 2017
Restaurants & Bar
Under the direction of Executive Chef Andrea Quagliarella, menu include both Tuscan regional specialities and Mediterranean specialities, thus offering a broad daily choice. The sommeliers have chosen 400 labels among those best representing the Italian wine culture, with a special focus on Tuscan wines. Utmost care is given to procuring foodstuff of prime quality, with a preference for local and organic products.