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Historical Villa Overlooking Florence, Italy

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 6,996 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 7 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths, (Sleeps 13)

Romantic, peaceful, cozy and charming ambience with yet modern comforts and amenities are the things my guests appreciate more about my Villa. Even with a bit of steps between the different floors...

Dating back to the 15th century, this historical villa has been recently restored and refurbished from top to bottom. Its hilltop position ensures superlative views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside, with the city center just a 10 minutes drive away by car or 20 minutes by bus.

In addition to the large indoor heated whirlpool (about 80 x 120 inches) our guests will be able to enjoy the new dipping pool we created in one of the garden terraces. Not a standard swimming pool but rather an enjoyable large outdoor jacuzzi-like pool (160 x 150 inches) with a great view of Florence.

The Villa is nestled on top of 5 acres of private land, scattered with olive trees. All around the house, a terraced garden with ponds and fountains, lemon plants and persimmon trees.


Large, high ceiling entrance hall/living room with fireplace, guest bathroom, second living room with fireplace, large frescoed dining room with table for 12, spacious fully equipped kitchen(four burner gas pro-grade stove, double conventional oven, microwave/grill oven, dishwasher, large refrigerator, separate deep freezer) with island counter and stools, connecting to the rear garden.


Bedroom #1 : Queen size A/C bedroom with en suite bathroom with tub.

Bedroom #2 : Queen size A/C bedroom with en suite bathroom with tub.

Bedroom #3 : Single A/C bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, sharing bathroom with

Bedroom #4 : Queen size A/C bedroom.


A large suite with A/C living area and Kitchenette. Double basin bathroom with shower for exclusive use of the Queen size A/C bedroom in the tower.


Bedroom#5: Twin beds with en suite bathroom with separate shower.

Bedroom#6: Queen size bedroom. En suite bathroom with shower

Laundry room with iron & ironing board, washer and dryer


The old cellars have been adapted to accommodate the wellness area, with a luxurious 3x2 meters built-in whirlpool.

Changing room/ Tea room

Bathroom with shower

•Top-notch heating system with area thermostats, instant unlimited hot water for showers or bathtub soaks

•Wireless broadband internet connection.

Our rates include:

- Linens, bath towels and whirlpool towels

- Air conditioning/heating, electricity, water and kitchen gas

- WiFi broadband internet connection

- Cable TV

- Final cleaning

Please note that, thanks to a unique policy that sets us apart, we ALSO INCLUDE a 3 hours daily maid service (except Saturdays & Sundays).

To make the sojourn memorable and stress-free, we also propose some additional services (on request, with supplement) that we can arrange for guests:

- a Chef that would prepare lunch/dinners or organise cooking classes.

- Private driver for airport/train station transfers, as well as day trips to surrounding cities and sites.

- Customised tours and cultural visits, with access to monuments and sites not normally or easily available for visits.

- In residence personal trainer (yoga, pilates, general fitness) and / or massage.

- Personal shopper for assistance and easier access to major outlets brands, boutiques and workshops.

- Personal visits to prestigious wineries of Chianti Classico and Brunello Montalcino, tasting tours by the owners winemakers.

Keywords: Elegant villa with modern comforts

More Details

Nicco Leone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from a fantastic stay at Villa Tantafera. We would unreservedly recommend it. It is a beautiful villa, only around 10 minutes drive from the centre of Florence and yet peaceful and secluded. Roberto was an exceptional host- assisting our family with taxis, supermarket shopping etc and tips on great local restaurants and bars. We went with our three young children (4, 2 and 7 months) and they also had a wonderful time. They like us loved the new outdoor dipping pool, which has incredible views of Florence. We will certainly return at some point in the future.
Aug 2015
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Campo di Marte (Quartiere 2) Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6996 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Gold bedroom - 1 queen
    Grey bedroom - 1 queen
    Red bedroom - 1 queen
    Yellow bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Blue bedroom - 1 queen
    Tower bedroom - 1 king
    Green bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...


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Historical Villa Overlooking Florence, Italy
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Amazing villa with picturesque view of Florence

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 14 recently stayed at Villa Tantafera. Roberto Leone's home was an incredible backdrop for our parents' birthday celebrations. The villa is well appointed with modern conveniences yet keeps the character of the 1480 construction. The bedrooms are of good size with comfortable beds and the bathrooms are updated. A great attention to detail has been paid with furnishings and decor. We enjoyed many evenings using the outdoor living space, the views of Florence are spectacular. The light is incredible. We used a few services suggested by Roberto during our stay: Graziella's Chef in Tuscany for a seated dinner for 16. The food and service were outstanding. We enjoyed Tuscan fare with 4 courses. Highly recommend them. We also used Euan with All Tuscany for trips to Cinque Terre, Siena and the Chianti Wine Tour. Our drivers Paolo and Jay were stand outs. We learned so much about the area and were well taken care of! Recommend Monterinaldi and Casa Emma wineries. Florence's historical center is a living museum, Renaissance architecture, shops and restaurants. Recommend enjoying a cocktail on the Hotel Grand Baglione's rooftop bar.

I would like to thank Roberto for helping us make this a trip of a lifetime. He was easily accessible for any help or questions we had during the planning process and during our stay. Hope to return one day! Grazie Mille Roberto!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melissa, Thanks so much for your kind words of appreciation. You are very special people. It was a pleasure meeting you all. Seeing that our guests enjoyed their stay is the best reward we could hope for! Our best regards Roberto & Nicco
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Tantafera far exceeded our expectations.

  • 5 of 5

The villa sits on a hillside with a spectacular view of old Firenze and the Duomo. Lovely furnished rooms, bedrooms, generous baths, easy kitchen, fresh flowers, impeccably clean. Nicole warmly welcomed us and generously explained everything we needed to know. Coming "home" every evening after a hard day of touristing, relaxing and sipping wine in such a beautiful setting was wonderful. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than you could imagine!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 went to Florence and had the great fortune of staying at the Leone's magnificent home. It may be a bit cliche to hear it, but pictures truly do not do this villa justice - the building, built over 500 years ago, was amazing! The rooms are welcoming, the furniture and decor is comfortable, and the view? Truly breathtaking! When you sit outside and eat and drink wine, and stare out at the city of Florence you will not want to leave - that I promise!. The grounds are beautiful with grapes, lemons, oranges, plums and a host of other spectacular plant life.

The location is great also - a short car side from the city. You can spend 4 days, as we did in Florence or any of the surrounding areas, or 2 weeks - the entire region is amazing. We wanted to enjoy the pools, grounds and house as much as we could also. We had most meals prepared for us by Graziella, ask for her - but if I could make one suggestion - go to La Giostra in Florence and get the Steak Florentine!

As far as hospitality, Roberto was fantastic! He shopped for us and stocked the house - my grandchildren were 1 and 3 at the time, so you could imagine the list he had! He took us from the airport when we had a bit of logistical problem on arrival and went with my son to stock up on the wine we knew we would need! He truly made our family trip more memorable than I thought it would be. Thank you Roberto.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

It was a great privilege for us to stay in this amazing home which was more than we could have hoped for in every way.

The house was perfectly located on the hills just a short drive away from the centre of Florence with amazing views. The decoration was sympathetic to the architecture and period of the house. It was the perfect retreat for our extended family reunion.

We were warmly welcomed by Roberto who made himself available to us to answer questions during our visit. Separately we had the services of a wonderful driver who became our unofficial tour guide, Guiseppe, who had great English and shared with us local knowledge, and took us to explore the local Tuscan area on one day and to Cinque Terre on another day in a 7 seater Mercedes van.

We loved the local area but we were torn because we just didn't want to leave the beautiful house!

I would highly recommend this property to anyone with a large group wanting a very special holiday retreat and an authentic, perfectly positioned Italian villa.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

12 of us stayed at Villa Tantafera, including 5 boys ages 12-8, and the second we arrived we did not want to leave. Incredible doesn't even begin to describe the house inside and out, and I haven't even started talking about the breathtaking view! The location is great, only about a 20 min drive into town, my husband did walk one day but the hike back up the driveway took some skill, but the main road that you take was under construction so the 90-degree turn into town was a little rough on our cars. Get full coverage😉 Roberto is a kind, gracious and helpful man. I would definitely ask him about having Graziella come and cook for you while you are there. It was one of the best meals we've ever had and definitely our favorite experience while visiting. I am already trying to figure out how I can return! It was worth every penny! Thank you Roberto for the amazing and life long memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in Florence

  • 5 of 5

There's not much to add over what other reviewers have already said. Roberto's villa is a wonderful house with great character, but completely updated with modern conveniences. Beautiful views and delightful gardens. Roberto is a great host, and spent a couple of hours chatting and helping us get settled. On the last night one of folks in our party said it best, "Why would you stay anywhere else? Much better than being in town."

It's out in the hills, quiet and definitely away from the crowds, but easy to get to the city center. The center, train station, and airport are all short €20 cab rides away. Or you can walk to the bus stop about 1/2 mile (800m) from the house and get into town for €2 in 10-15 minutes. We even walked into town a couple of days (about 2.5 miles / 4km, 40 minutes one way)...a good way to earn an extra gelato.

I wouldn't recommend it for small groups, but if you have 6+ people you can't go wrong. The house is small enough to feel very comfortable, but big enough to have your privacy, too, even with a group of 6-12. Our group of 9 left several bedrooms unused.

Thanks Roberto! Can't wait until next time.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Villa ensures superlative views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside, with Florence city center just a 10 minutes drive away by car or 20 minutes by bus.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $118.57 per person per night

Longer term rentals rates upon application
Utilities (water, gas and electricity) included ONLY with weekly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.