This villa is a breath-taking property nestled at the foot of Cortona’s “Golden Valley” in the Southeastern corner of Tuscany. Cortona is conveniently located to visit many other famous sites such as Florence, Chianti, Montepulciano, Siena and Todi, providing a nearly endless list of neighboring areas to be visited.
The villa itself is a small world unto its own, a wonderful example of a patrician family’s country property that has evolved very gradually over the centuries. It has the hallmarks of a fine Tuscan property. It is surrounded by tall, attractive walls and covers an area of 4,5 hectares. Besides the impressive main villa, there are several other smaller yet beautiful and functional buildings such as a private chapel, a limonaia, a series of cellars and an astounding Baroque fountain complex and reflecting pools from the 1700s. The Villa’s lawns are adorned not only by many statues and plantings, but also by both a swimming pool and tennis courts. The property also includes 10 hectares of a separate and yet nearby piece of agricultural land where the Villa’s olives and grapes are grown.
The villa once belonged to the Tommasi family, one of the most distinguished noble families within Cortona’s history. Many parts of it have been recently restored, fully respecting the structure and spirit of this historical property. In short, the Villa combines elegant Italian architecture with the famed la dolce vita, and has all the elements and amenities that one could desire in a luxury Tuscan country property.
The heart and main feature of the property is the main Villa. A wide, double staircase leads to the main entrance. The Villa is a three story, sizable rectangular-shaped building characterized by a simple elegance and a certain compactness. The building has 28 rooms that were recently restored. A particularly important room within the Villa is a private chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, embellished with period frescoes on the ceiling.
The ground floor, which is the main entrance reached via the double staircase, has always been dedicated to “utility rooms” such as the kitchen, the laundry room and cellars, a study, as well as an extensive hall at the entrance and a dining room. The rooms all boast beautiful terra-cotta floors and ceilings with wooden beams.
The first floor is accessible from the monumental staircase plus internal stair linking the various floors. On this floor is a vast hall with a stunning coffered ceiling and a marble fireplace, making it the grandest room in the Villa. Adjacent to this room is another smaller yet equally handsome hall, with frescoes representing hunting scenes. This floor also hosts three bedrooms with their respective bathrooms.
The configuration of the second floor is similar, divided between large and impressive public rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a library and a living room. Additionally the villa ha an attic that can be reached via on the second floor.
On the right from the main villa there is a magnolia building, named after the tree in front of it. It was once used to display vintage cars. This long and narrow space has now become a perfect location for parties, thanks to the warmth created by the brick ceiling with wooden beams, terra-cotta floors and numerous windows facing the greenery that allow the hall to be sunlit throughout the day.
The limonaia is a structure situated on the right side too. The ground floor has a broad hall, two smaller rooms with arched entrances together with two bathrooms. There are two grand bedrooms, a bathroom and a dining room with a fireplace.
The garden still resembles drawings of it from the 1700s. There is an elaborate fountain known as a Nympheaum. The garden has various elements that work together in a harmonious fashion, as is typical of properties of this period. It has an oak-lined driveway, a fruit garden, olive groves and a broad lawn with pine trees planted centuries ago, flowers and a large plane tree. A tennis court and a swimming pool annexed with utility rooms are present as well. The water supply is guaranteed thanks to the wells in the garden and to a spring upstream in the property with a 60m drop.