VILLA LA MASSA
VILLA LA MASSA is a sixteenth-century Medici palace surrounded by approximately twenty-two acres of landscaped gardens that is elegantly perched on the banks of the Arno River, only minutes from Florence and the famed Chianti wine region. It received new life as a hotel in 1950, with a careful restoration that retains its aristocratic Renaissance splendor. The staff is on top of every detail, yet their attention is discrete and never overwhelming. The grounds are beautiful, offering tranquil views of the Arno River countryside. A complimentary shuttle service takes you straight to the Ponte Vecchio, right into the heart of Florence city center—the best of all worlds! But don’t let the elegance fool you—Villa La Massa is ideal for families, offering a host of indoor and outdoor activities. In addition, qualified babysitters are available with a twelve-hour notice. Staying put has rewards for the adults as well, with the Arno SPA.
Aside from a wide range of massages, there is an outdoor heated swimming pool in the garden with lounges for sunbathing, and a fitness centre that features the latest exercise machines. Nearby is a riding school; a tennis club with sixteen red clay courts; and jogging paths lined with fragrant olive trees along the Arno. The hotel provides mountain bikes, and the knowledgeable staff can advise on the most interesting routes into the countryside. "Il Verrocchio Restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the Arno river and offers an Italian, mediterranean cuisine and local specialties. The Executive Chef uses organic producst from the villa's gardens. His inspiring menu is the perfect complement to the breathtaking views of the Arno and the Chianti hills. Al fresco dining on the terrace is a must during the warm months, giving you prime seats for stunning sunsets. Menus include both Tuscan and Mediterranean specialties accompanied by an impressive wine list representing 400 of the best Italian wines, with emphasis on Tuscan vintages.