The villa, originally a simple peasant farm, became in the XV century one of the properties of the Medici family and Cosimo de’ Medici donated it to Marsilio Ficino, famous member of the Florentine Umanesim. In this villa the humanist translated the Platonic codes and gave birth to the Florentine Neoplatonic Academy (in the villa you can find evidence of this heritage, like the siren statue in the middle of the marble pool of the Italian garden).
During the centuries the villa was home to several families, who changed its aspect many times. The man who gave the garden its current romantic look was sir John Francis Slone, inspired by the gothic style. During World War II, Mr Berenson was hosted and protected here, because Villa was considered neutral territory.
Today's owners of the villa has dedicated to the planning and maniacal research of every single color, furniture and fabric in order to create a unique location, where nothing is left to chance. What they wanted to offer is a dreamy environment where beauty is manifested everywhere, a feast for the eyes and a shelter for the soul.
More than 30.000 different plants have been planted in the garden, in order to create a unique setting reproducing the typical Romantic atmosphere: when you walk through it you have the impression to be part of something really special. The gardens include different and fascinating open-air spaces that are perfectly merged with the surrounding environment: the parterre de Boudeville, the Italian garden, a tiny lake, a collection of flowers like roses, hydrangeas, and peonies. The different paths inside the property can offer you the opportunity to immerse into amazing landscapes and breathe the magic in the air.