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Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

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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)
Via della Massa, 24
50012 Candeli (FI)

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


Villa La Massa

Candeli, Florence

Giardino moderno
Pet Friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Wi-Fi Area
Wine tasting

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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 8 kilometres from Florence downtown.
The first records of Villa La Massa date back to the end of the 13th Century. In 1525 it became the summer residence of Santi Landini, a famous editor belonging to the Florentine Aristocracy. The villa remained property of the Landini family until 1788, when it was subsequently sold to Cardinal Giovanni Rinuccini. The Rinuccini family lived in the villa until 1826, when it was sold to Lady Catherine Hombert Ruffié Planche. In 1856 Countess Bierlinska, daughter of the Grand maréchal Conte Gonusza Bobrinsky, purchased the property. With the Demidoffs and the Boutourlines, the Bobrinskys were part of the Russian Aristocracy who settled in Florence at the end of the 18th century.
Villa La Massa later became property of John Goldsmith and eventually the Sears family who transformed the Villa into a luxury hotel in 1953. Since Villa d'Este Group purchased the hotel in 1998, the entire property has been completely restored to add new lustre to this splendid old mansion. Villa La Massa is surrounded by 25 acres of gardens, where blue agapanthuses and cream-colored peonies enliven the brilliant green lawn and where every path leads to the river.
The Tuscan countryside extends as far as the eye can see; olive trees, vineyards, cypresses fill the landscape with their unique colors and scents. In the park of Villa La Massa, the Iris Garden celebrates the floral symbol of Florence and – more widely – Tuscany. Along picturesque paths, the collection of high, medium and small irises with their yellow, white and blue shades overlooks the Arno river like a scenic painting. A truly quiet and inspiring place, which invites guests to linger and enjoy the wonder of nature. In the park, there are also magnificent olive groves (from which the precious oil of Villa La Massa is produced) 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.