Romantic Villa Lysis-on a Hill Close Florence with a Superb View

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Last updated: 07/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description


Villa Lysis is located on the border of a charming hamlet perched on a hill top just a few miles west of Florence.

The villa was built in the twelfth century as a fortified Lombard farm to guard the fertile Arno Valley.

In 1989 the property passed into the hands of the present owner who embarked on an immense renovation, which respected the authenticity of the space whitout neglecting any of the modern comforts. In the process of the renovation the original Tuscan style framework, frescoes, wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls, brick vault, and cotto floors were all preserved.

The villa has been furnished, equipped and decorated to the highest standards respecting authentic aesthetic and functional considerations. The furnishings and decorations are a combination of fine antiques and updated, high quality sofas, chairs and beds. The warm, cozy and quaint interior of the villa gives life to the feel of Tuscany, while maintaining a unique pleasing atmosphere - a rare combination of traits to find among the rental options of this countryside.

The main entrance gives way to a large and elegant living room with an open fireplace, original cotto floor, lovely beamed ceiling, library of art, cuisine, and travel books, not to mention all the comforts and conveniences of modern life (satellite television, , radio, . In addition, the living room has access to a garden.

Off the living room is a neoclassical style double bedroom with an oversized bed (140 x 190 cm ) and 2 windows with view over the quiet courtyard. Adjacent to the bedroom is a large full bathroom appointed with a private shower area.

The kitchen has a spacious cooking plane with 4 gas range and electric oven, microwawe, American coffee maker and an abundance of cooking utensils. This finely appointed kitchen is equipped for the preparation of a light snack or an entire gourmet dinner.

The formal dining room is enchanting with its large Tuscan style fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings, cotto floor and view to the garden via a large window and glass paned door. Treat yourself by serving meals in the style that one would expect in Tuscany - with stemware and china provided.

On the first Italian floor (second level) there are two double bedrooms and a full bathroom. The master bedroom is graced with an iron framed king size bed, beamed ceilings and a view of the Tuscan hillside with Florence visible in the distance. The second bedroom has a double bed (matrimonial or twins), a floral detailed ceiling from the 20th century and 2 windows with view over the quiet courtyard. Both bedrooms on the second level are air-conditioned. The bathroom is equipped with a tub and is decorated with lovely Italian tile and cabinetry .

A Medieval Cellar with stone walls and a curved vaulted ceiling serve as an enchanting dining space for six. As a note of interest, during the most recent renovation, a hidden vault was discovered filled with period pieces which now adorn the villa.

From the garden there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the Arno Valley with Florence visible on the horizon. From another side of the Villa you will be mesmorized by the tranquility of an enormous 18th Century baroque monastery residing on a nearby hilltop. The surrounding area of the villa is covered with quaint pathways, olive tree groves, vineyards and again, SPECTACULAR VIEWS!

The yard and gardens are adorned with wrought iron furnishings and comfortable lounge chairs from which you may enjoy the scenery. In addition, an outdoor Jacuzzi ( no heat, just bubbles - open mid May/mid September-depend on the weather ) is available for your pleasure.

. The owner is available to provide you with mobile phone ..WI-FI Internet access is also available for your lap top hook up, I-Pad, I-Phone.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 180 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet


  • bathroom 2 has separate toilet and bidet


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    view of the Duomo in Florence in the horizon...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    view over hillside and mountains along the Arno Valley with Florence in the distance...moreless

  • Rural:

    Tuscany hillside and countryside...moreless

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Mountain Biking
  • Tennis


  • Seating for 6 people


Write a review 4.7
from 37 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 - Dec 17, 2016
7 night min stay

Christmas/New Year
Dec 18 - Jan 7, 2017
7 night min stay

Spring 2017
Mar 1 - Apr 14, 2017
7 night min stay

Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Autumn 2017
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 07/18/2016
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8 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Lastra a Signa Train Station
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A1 Milan/Rome/Naples
10 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
70 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

The villa is ideally situated for those who wish to enjoy day trips to Florence ( 15 minutes by car or train ). It is also only three miles from the entrance to the Florence-Pisa and Milano-Roma motorways, both of which connect easily to all the major cities and villages of Tuscany.

There are numerous gourmet restaurants in the vicinity offering Tuscan meals and wine at affordable prices.. The grocery store is only 3 minutes walking from the villa. The surrounding area is covered with quaint pathways; olives trees groves, vineyards and again Spectacular views!


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1989

About: Carla and I in Kennebunkport during our trip in the US few years ago. I was born and raised in a small village west of Florence but unfortunately located in the industrial area. My dream was always to lives up the beautiful hillside, with wineyards and olives trees around. I accomplish my dream in 1989 when I buy a very fascinating old mansion, but in a very poor condition ! I worked hard for 3 years to fix the house and then I start to rent few weeks in summer . All my clients was very happy with my hospitality and the business increased each year, so, after time I decided to move elsewhere in the same area and left the villa only for my guests.

Why Lastra a Signa FI, Italy:
I decided to buy this house because when I saw it the first time I immediately fall in love with ! The location was wonderful; on the top of the hill, with an amazing view overlooking the valley and Florence, the small hamlet was typical tuscan style, whitout any modern intrusion. The villa was owned in the past by a bourgeois family and still maintain some taste of elegance from the older time, with decorations and appliances. It was like jumping back into the XIX° cent. !

The Unique Benefits at this House:
House built in the XIII cent., quiet location, view, green area, wineyards and olives trees. New Acquatic Park in the vicinity with different activities: pool, bike, bird watching, beach, surf, climbing, walking, bar and restaurant, festival.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

Guestbook comments from the property manager

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Monday, October 03, 2016

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