Grandi Giardini Italiani Srl

c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

© Villa d'Este

© Villa d'Este

© Villa d'Este

© Villa d'Este

© Villa d'Este

© Villa d'Este

© Villa d'Este


Villa La Massa

Candeli, Florence

Giardino moderno
Coffee house & Restaurant
Overnight stay
Pet Friendly
Ville di Delizia
Wheelchair accessible
Wi-Fi Area
Wine tasting

How to reach

By plane
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

By train
Santa Maria Novella Railway Station in Florence is at only a 20 minutes car drive from the hotel.

By Limousine
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.

By car
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. The first records of Villa La Massa date back to the end of the XIII Century. In 1525 it became 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 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 ten hectares of park. Each path leads to the River Arno and offers a splendid view over the Chianti hills.
The Iris garden is a place of inspiration. The Iris collection in the garden is the emblem of the “garden” which opens out as a belvedere over the river: different iris varieties grow luxuriantly together with agapanthus and peonies. In the garden there are magnificent olive and lemon trees.


A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Villa La Massa is the exquisite jewel of Villa d'Este Group. Villa La Massa features 51 luxury rooms, all different from one another and divided into 5 classical Tuscan-style buildings: the Noble Villa, the Villino, The Mill, Casa Colonica and La Limonaia (completely renewed and launched in 2019).
The décor of the Noble Villa, the Villino and The Mill evokes the Renaissance atmosphere: canopy beds, elegant fabrics, boiseries, frescoed ceilings, tapestries, refined marble bathrooms. Each room is a perfect combination of classic sophistication and warm elegance with all the modern comforts.
Casa Colonica and La Limonaia are both completely restored and refurbished, the style is typically Tuscan, in harmony with the atmosphere of Villa La Massa, but with a luxurious and more contemporary touch. The furniture and the various interior details, such as lamps and pictures, were masterfully designed by local craftsmen.
The colors are earthy with bright dashes, giving the atmosphere a lively and fresh touch. Each room offers wonderful views of the park, the Chianti hills or the Arno river; fairytale-inspired surroundings allowing guests to immerse themselves in peaceful relaxation and romanticism.

Restaurants & Bar

Our exclusive restaurant ''Il Verrocchio'' is the only one in Florence with a wonderful terrace directly overlooking the Arno River and the Chianti hills, perfect for breakfast and al fresco dining. In the hall, magnificent windows face a panorama of rare beauty on the Tuscan countryside. In the evening, Guests may dine by candlelight, in a refined and elegant ambiance. ''Il Verrocchio'' offers gourmet dishes from the Italian and Mediterranean tradition, as well as Tuscan specialties...all paired with exceptional wines. A truly unforgettable culinary experience.
Overlooking the pool area is L'Oliveto bistrot, a new culinary offering for Villa La Massa, complementing the refined ambiance of the famed Il Verrocchio restaurant. Named after surrounding olive trees, which are used to produce the hotel's own olive oil, L'Oliveto occupies a former barn, which has been lovingly restored to offer relaxed Tuscan dining. Guests can enjoy classic Tuscan dishes and Italian staples on the scent-filled, shaded terrace, whilst inside features reclaimed wooden beams, exposed stone walls and cool Tuscan flagstones, with the upper floor offering views of the lemon trees and green hills beyond. A private dining room is available for intimate events.
The Pool Bar is the perfect place for a cool drink and light snacks while basking under the sun by the brand new swimming pool. The Medicean Bar offers a wide selection of ''grappe'' (Italian eau-de-vie), whiskeys, brandies, and cocktails. With its 19th-century frescoed ceilings, it is the ideal place for sipping an aperitif or one of the signature cocktails prepared with the exclusive liqueurs by Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.
Opening hours
Season 2024
29 March to 10 November
Special rate for visitors of Grandi Giardini Italiani € 20.00 which includes free visit to the gardens and tea at Villa la Massa (coffee, tea, fruit juices and friandises)
Contact us
Via della Massa, 24
50012 Candeli (FI)

T. +39 055 62611
F. +39 055 633102
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